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MINING AT 9000 FEET

Mining operations ceased in 1945 but this high elevation mining camp has remained in remarkable condition thanks to a group of volunteers who maintain the remaining buildings and museum for future generations to enjoy.

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HIKING MILLNER CREEK: WHITE MOUNTAINS, CA

Located 20 miles north of Bishop, CA at the base of the White Mountains, water from Millner Creek was once used to power the mining operations of the nearby Champion Spark Plug Mine.  

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MONARCH BUTTERFLY GROVE: PISMO STATE BEACH

One of the best spots to witness the magnificent Monarch Butterfly is along this stretch of California’s Central Coast.      

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SOYLENT ANNOYMENT

When the CEO from LA based meal-replacement startup Soylent, decided to plop a red shipping container on top of a Northeast LA hilltop that’s cherished for its open space, not everyone was welcoming.  

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TUTTLE CREEK ASHRAM: EASTERN SIERRA

Located 7,600 feet high up in a glacier carved canyon in the Eastern Sierra, sits a 2,000 square-foot stone building built by a philosopher, his wife, and their followers over a twenty year period. Welcome to the Tuttle Creek Ashram.

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TIPI LIVING IN HISTORIC CHINA RANCH

This hidden oasis near the southeastern corner of Death Valley National Park includes a massive date farm planted from seeds in the early 1920s, tipi lodging, incredible hiking opportunities within the Amargosa River Valley and one of the best date shakes […]

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POLY CANYON ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN VILLAGE: SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA

The 9-acre Experimental Structures Facility hidden in the hills behind California Polytechnic State University is an architectural treasure trove containing a quirky array of experimental structures built by teams of architecture and design students between 1963 and 2009.    

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EAGLE CLIFF CABIN JTNP

Dating back to 1895, Eagle Cliff Cabin is one of the oldest and best preserved historic structures within the boundaries of Joshua Tree National Park. Built inside a natural cave-like alcove of giant boulders and not found on any tourist […]

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WILD WILLY’S HOT SPRINGS

California’s Eastern Sierra contains a wide variety of geothermal springs and Wild Willy’s is definitely one of my favorites.      

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THE MINES OF LAS FLORES CANYON

Exploring the mines & water tunnels of Las Flores Canyon above Altadena, CA.    

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