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HIKING GOLD COUNTRY’S UNIQUE MALAKOFF DIGGINS STATE HISTORIC PARK

Finding hiking gold in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada in what was once the largest and richest hydraulic gold mine in the world.

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THE OTHER SIDE OF LONE PINE, CA

While the majority of travelers either drive straight through it or only focus their attention on the beautiful scenic attractions located west of Hwy 395, there’s a whole other side of Lone Pine, CA that’s just as exciting to explore.

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THE IMPOSSIBLE RAILWAY: GOAT CANYON TRESTLE VIA CARRIZO GORGE

With its 17 tunnels and 14 major trestles, this historical railroad through the Carrizo Gorge in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park includes one of the largest woodpile trestle bridges in the world.

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ABANDONED MOJAVE: THE RUINS OF BORON’S ONCE SECRET RESEARCH FACILITY

The abandoned rocket engine test site in Boron, CA that may have been used to conduct classified research for a high-altitude hydrogen fuel between 1956-1958.

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CALIFORNIA ALKALI COMPANY RUINS: CARTAGO, CA

In 1917, Cartago became the company town for the California Alkali Company, which refined soda ash and other saline minerals from the brines and salt deposits of Owens Lake.

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TUOLUMNE DITCH & FLUME: ONE OF THE BEST HIKES IN CALIFORNIA’S GOLD COUNTRY

Originally constructed in the 1850’s for hydraulic mining, the Main Tuolumne Ditch or Canal includes two miles of elevated wooden flumes and provides the drinking water to over 90% of Tuolumne County.

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UNDERGROUND 2018: A PHOTO ESSAY

Traveling back to the outskirts of Tecopa, CA to spend my third year exploring the Shoshone Mines at Underground 2018.  

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STORRIER STEARNS JAPANESE GARDEN: A HIDDEN GEM IN THE HEART OF PASADENA

This once private 2-acre hidden gem is the only intact example of a major Japanese-style garden created before World War II for a residence in Southern California.

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