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NORCAL NUGGETS

These little NorCal nuggets may not be worthy of their own individual posts but that doesn’t make them any less special.

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SUBWAY CAVE: LASSEN NATIONAL FOREST

Subway Cave in Lassen National Forest was created by a lava flow that covered the Hat Creek Valley some 30,000 years ago and is definitely worth checking out if you plan on visiting nearby Lassen Volcanic National Park.

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THE HIDDEN LAVA TUBES OF LASSEN NATIONAL FOREST

Subway Cave in Lassen National Forest is your basic tourist trap, which we’re guilty of falling into, but I’d rather explore the holes that most people don’t know about and that’s exactly what we did.

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GLASS BEACH

A dump until the 1960s, Glass Beach underwent massive cleanup projects in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, but the glass from bottles and other items remained, worn smooth over time as it tumbled through the ocean.

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FERN CANYON

Within Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is a narrow canyon with walls that stand over 50 feet high lined with five different types of ferns, some of whose ancestry can be traced back 325 million years.

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AVENUE OF THE GIANTS/FOUNDERS GROVE

Surrounded by Humboldt Redwoods State Park, this world-famous scenic drive is by far the most outstanding display of giant trees in the California redwood belt.

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POINT REYES LIGHTHOUSE

The Point Reyes National Seashore area encompasses 71,028-acres along a well defined peninsula in Marin County. It’s wild coastal beaches, headlands, estuaries, and uplands contain a wide variety of interesting places to see and explore.

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JOAQUIN MILLER MONUMENTS

High in the Oakland Hills, with sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay and surrounding cities, is the beautiful 500-acre Joaquin Miller Park.

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EARTHWORKS FARM

A 4.9-acre work-training and educational urban farm located under the 60 Freeway in South El Monte; a food desert and one of the most impoverished areas in the U.S.

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TUNNELS TO NOWHERE

Sitting above where the famous Bridge to Nowhere is located, this 5-mile round trip hike winds through two abandoned highway tunnels in the beautiful San Gabriel mountains.

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