Our World: Folsom Lake

Folsom Lake, California

The weekend before last we drove through Patterson Pass Road and saw what the rains had done to the Diablo Range this winter. Then last weekend we went east to see Folsom Lake, a reservoir whose level has been an indication of how bad California’s-drought-of-five-years has been. Folsom Lake, which lies … Read>>

The hills are alive again

Patterson Pass

East of San Francisco Bay Area in California lies a mountain range known for its considerably low hills that are dry in the summer but turn green when winter rains call upon the area. This chain of hills called the Diablo Range is alive again thanks to the many storms … Read>>

Yosemite | A scratch on the surface

Have you visited someplace and felt like kicking yourself for not getting there much earlier? I feel that way quite often and the last time that happened was when I was when I was standing at a view point that showed me Yosemite’s very celebrated Tunnel View. (To my defense, … Read>>

Vistas from California’s ‘Devil Mountain’

Several Springs ago, we had driven to the top of Mt. Hamilton and seen Santa Clara Valley from a height of 4,200 odd feet. Then last Fall, in what was like a follow-up trip, we drove up the same range, this time to the top of Hamilton’s little brother Mt. … Read>>

Our World: Mt. Shasta

Mt. Shasta is one of the taller volcanoes of the Cascade Range. This active volcano lies in Siskiyou County in Northern California is visible from Interstate 5 if you are on the way to Oregon (or if you are driving down from there). If you are on your way South, … Read>>

Snaking through several shades of green

If you are travelling between the cities of Tracy and Livermore in California, chances are you will take I-580 to your destination. 580 takes you through the hills of the Diablo Range and shows you many of the windmills that dot the landscape.  Say you want more: like roads that … Read>>

Monday Mural| Found near the Cascade Range

Ronald McDonald in a mural is not something you might not have seen. However, I had to take a picture of this one, because I caught what I thought might be Mt. Hood in the background. So maybe I could call this the Ronald McDonald- Mt. Hood mural. Today we are … Read>>

One mighty river gorge, two scenic routes and umpteen vistas

Fall means rainy season in the Pacific Northwest. However, Thanksgiving Day (last year) promised to be a fairly sunny day albeit a cold one and we took advantage of this respite-from-the-rain and decided to go exploring the region. We were in Vancouver, Washington and our plan for the day was … Read>>

The heavenly ‘Heavenly Gondola’ ride

People lining up to board the Heavenly Mountain Gondola @ Heavenly Village in Tahoe. If it is winter and you are in California, a trip to Lake Tahoe is something you cannot think of not doing. And if you drive up to this absolutely magnificent alpine lake, chances are you … Read>>