Farming With Aquaponics – Kijani Grows Aquaponics 101 Demonstration

Friday, August 10th, 2012 by Craig Mullins

Aquaponics: An earth-friendly way to grow produce and harvest fish and by mimicking nature through the combination of aqua-culture (growing fish) and hydroponics (growing vegetables without soil). Because the fish waste is a natural fertilizer, there is no need for harmful chemicals or pesticides. Kijani Grows is a farming technology organization located in West Oakland, […]

Calaveras Farmers Markets and Roadside Stands in Calaveras California

Thursday, May 17th, 2012 by Craig Mullins

Looking for farmers markets in Calaveras County or roadside stands? I’ve put together a couple, but if anyone has more or updates to these please add them in the comments. Be sure to call or confirm all dates, times and locations of Markets/events as they frequently change. Angels Camp Angels Camp Fresh Fridays CFM City: […]

Hawg Dawgs – The Best Gourmet Hot Dogs In Town

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011 by Craig Mullins

Here’s the thing about hot dogs – they can be hit or miss. And when they miss, they usually miss big and you spend the next several hours extremely annoyed that the dog wasn’t just right. Such is not the case with hot dogs from Hawg Dawgs in Valley Springs, CA. Not only are they […]

Gold Country Campground Resort In Pine Grove, CA

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011 by Craig Mullins

Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Gold Country Campground Resort in Pine Grove, CA offers outdoor living at its best; from spacious tent camping sites, and RV spots with full hook-ups, to motel rooms, cottages, and fully-furnished cabins. Among the pines are the tent and RV camping sites, all within walking […]

Activities At Lake Camanche Recreation Area – Hiking, Movies, Boating, Fishing And More!

Saturday, August 13th, 2011 by Craig Mullins

Aside from camping, the Lake Camanche Recreation Area offers a variety of fishing, boating, and other outdoor activities for all ages. FISHING – Best known for great bass fishing, Lake Camanche is also a favorite spot for trout anglers; with the large trout pond at the South Shore serving as a perfect place for children […]

Camping At Lake Camanche Recreation Area

Saturday, August 13th, 2011 by Craig Mullins

Whether you’re staying a few hours or several days, there are so many ways to enjoy Lake Camanche, you’re sure to find more than enough fun to satisfy the whole family. The Lake Camanche Recreation Area consists of two shores, North Shore and South Shore, each with electronic gates that open at 5:00am and close […]

Clements Ridge Produce And Winery In Clements CA

Friday, August 5th, 2011 by Craig Mullins

Traveling from Valley Springs, you’ll come upon Clements Ridge Produce as you turn from Highway 12 to Highway 88, and I highly recommend you stop and check it out. Family owned and operated by Mick and Jeanette McQueen, sons Patrick, who helps with the farming, Justin, who manages the store, and daughter Kristyn, who helps […]

Feeding Steelhead Trout At The Mokelumne River Hatchery – Great Family Fun!

Monday, July 18th, 2011 by Craig Mullins

Managed and operated by the California Department of Fish and Game, the Mokelumne River Hatchery was built by the East Bay Municipal Utility District in 1964, as a way to better replace the salmon and steelhead spawning habitats that were disturbed by the building of the Camanche Dam, and originally consisted of one mile of […]

Alameda County Fair In Pleasanton California

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011 by Craig Mullins

While there may be “99 Ways to Come Out & Play” this year at the Alameda County Fair, perhaps the most exciting reason – albeit an odd one – is Jungle George’s Exotic Meats & Bugs. With such items on their menu as smoked alligator ribs, buffalo, elk burgers, frog legs, kangaroo burgers, lion, maggot […]

Fireworks And Fourth Of July Events In Calaveras County

Thursday, June 30th, 2011 by Craig Mullins

Looking for some affordable Independence Day fun in Calaveras County? You’ve come to the right place! On Saturday June 25th enjoy Fireworks at New Hogan Lake, located at 2713 Hogan Dam Road, Valley Springs, CA. Bring some snacks, drinks, your lawn chairs, and have a great time! Meetup begins at 7:00p.m., followed by the awesome […]

Columbia Diggins Tent Town 1852 – Columbia State Historic Park

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 by Craig Mullins

Once upon a time, when gold in the hills was plentiful, miners and families moved through the undeveloped Mother Lode area. Soon tent and shanty towns began to spring up, with everything from saloons to boarding houses, restaurants to laundries, hardware stores to express offices. It was an exciting time, with a lot of people […]

Mariposa Grove Giant Sequoias – Yosemite National Park

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 by Craig Mullins

To call them massive and awe-inspiring would be an understatement. The Giant Sequoia, tree like the approximately 500 mature ones found in the Mariposa Grove near the South Entrance of Yosemite National Park, are perhaps the largest living things on Earth. While the sequoias are not the tallest of all trees – that title belongs […]

Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee

Monday, June 6th, 2011 by Craig Mullins

Each year during the third weekend in May, California’s Calaveras County becomes Frog Heaven. Nestled between Yosemite National Park and Lake Tahoe, just south of Historic Angels Camp and north of Sonora on Hwy 49, sits Frogtown; home to the Calaveras County Fair and its world-renowned Jumping Frog Jubilee. In the early Gold Mining Days, […]

Calaveras County Fair Destruction / Demolition Derby

Monday, June 6th, 2011 by Craig Mullins

Every year on the closing day of the Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee, fair-goers are treated to the only event at Frogtown that is perhaps more popular than the jumping frog competitions – the Destruction Derby. Fair officials estimate that a crowd of about 10,000 attend the demolition derby each year. Demolition derbies […]

The Ahwahnee Hotel At Yosemite National Park

Monday, June 6th, 2011 by Craig Mullins

In the early 1920s it became clear that Yosemite National Park was in dire need of accommodations that would suit the affluent and influential park visitor. Once a village area for the native Miwok Indians, the location of The Ahwahnee Hotel was chosen because of its ample sun exposure and breathtaking views of the Park’s […]

Wawona Hotel at Yosemite National Park

Monday, June 6th, 2011 by Craig Mullins

Located four miles from the south entrance into Yosemite National Park, the Wawona Hotel sits between the magnificent Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and the lively Yosemite Valley. In 1855, a miner by the name of Galen Clark was in failing health when he passed through the Wawona Valley with a group of tourists on […]

Jamestown California Gold Mining – Panning, Sluicing, Dredging And Highbanking

Saturday, June 4th, 2011 by Craig Mullins

There’s gold in them thar hills!! So the saying went…..and so it still goes – as the area of Jamestown, CA still has hidden golden treasures lying just below the surface. And with the help of Miner John and his group of seasoned prospectors, you too could find yourself yelling “eureka”! If you’re ever in […]

Moaning Cavern Adventure Park Walking Tour

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 by Craig Mullins

You know, every once in a while it’s nice to get in touch with the earth in a way more than just digging in the dirt, and be reminded there are things in the world greater than you. Sometimes you need to descend over 150 feet under ground to truly get the feeling that you’re […]