The Great Sierra River Cleanup

The Sierra Nevada. You can admire her gifts from a distance, just by looking up, or by turning on your tap. We Californians get most of our water from Sierra Nevada watersheds. But millions of us choose to enjoy the good fortune of our Sierra forests, meadows, rivers and lakes by getting up close, especially in the summer. Unfortunately, we don’t always pack out what we pack in.

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Wi-Fi: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly told from the perspective of an RV park operator

Provided by By Dan Wright, GM of The Springs at Borrego RV Resort

One of the most important amenities to our guests is Wi-Fi. They want it, they want it to be fast, and they want it free. RV park operators, including The Springs at Borrego, have struggled at times to provide it, and as a result our customers have sometimes been frustrated. Read More>

We Always Knew Camping Was Good for You

Putting down your phone and living for a week with nothing but sunlight and campfires may bring your body clock in sync with nature's rhythms, a small study suggests. And, researchers found, even avowed night owls turn into early birds after a week of camping in the woods with no sources of artificial light -- including smartphones, computers and TVs. Read More>

Celebrate Fall at Mission Bay RV Resort

A beautiful and spacious RV Park surrounded by San Diego’s Mission Bay… Big Rig, Pet and Family Friendly, this well maintained RV Park with its friendly staff welcomes you to the warm and wonderful San Diego, California area. Enjoy San Diego Area Events all through Fall from Mission Bay RV Resort: San Diego Bayfair, Julian Apple Days Festival, Haunted Hotel & Haunted Trail at Balboa Park, and of course October 26 - HALLOWEEN IN THE PARK! Read More

Find a New Best Camping Spot

Each October, California RV parks and campgrounds offer a special “try us out” weekend for a flat $50. Check out whose participating and try out a new destination for you and your family! Read More>

Featured Region – Gold Country

Running from Downieville in the north to the Millertown Lake in the South, the Gold Country’s slice of California is nestled between the Central Valley and the High Sierra. Hidden among the picturesque foothills of this region are many gems in historic downtowns, award winning wineries, fine restaurants, and enchanting bed and breakfasts.

Famous for mineral deposits and gold mines, and home to Coloma, the site where gold was first discovered in California, this region still attracts prospectors. Many abandoned mines dot the landscape, leaving gaping black holes to the history of another time. Empire Mine in Grass Valley is the site of the oldest, largest, and richest gold mine in California. From 1850 to its closing in 1956, it produced 5.8 million ounces of gold. Reminders of this abundantly rich history can be found everywhere along Hwy 49 as it winds and meanders through the Mother Lode mining towns of days gone by. Read More>

Five Gold Country Family Activities Five Gold Country Adult Activities
  • Zip, Rappel or Scramble
  • Step back to the Gold Rush
  • Imagine, Explore, Create
  • Discover Bass Lake

    Featured Gold Country Hikes

    Hidden Falls Hike - Hidden Falls Regional Park opened to the public on October 30, 2006. The 221-acre open space park is located at 7587 Mears Place, north of Mt. Vernon Road between Auburn and Lincoln. Features of the new park include seven miles of natural surface trails suitable for hiking, running, biking and horseback riding. In addition to the more vigorous activities on the natural surface trails, park visitors are able to enjoy fishing, picnicking, wildlife viewing, photography and other passive recreational pursuits. A paved, accessible trail is also available, which begins near the parking lot and winds through a live oak grove and picnic areas.

    Six Day Hikes in Wawona & Mariposa Grove - The National Park Service has provided 6 day hikes in this less traveled portion of Yosemite. Located in the in the southernmost part of Yosemite National Park. Mariposa is the largest grove of Giant Sequoias in the park, with several hundred mature examples of the tree.

    Arnold Rim Trail - A unique trail system at mid-elevation in the central Sierra Nevada Mountains. A non-motorized trail system designed for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians, it connects the many wonders of public lands along the Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway stretch of Hwy 4 to its communities, creating a high level of access for its residents and visitors.

    Gold Country Events

    It doesn't matter where you are traveling in California. No matter where you go, there is bound to be a festival, event, craft fair, hobby show or some other gathering. Festivals can provide a great way to explore new dimensions of the region you are visiting and expand your knowledge of whatever is being showcased. Did I mention people watching? Well it can't get much better than at a local event.

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    Featured Wildlife Viewing - Gold Country Lakes

    Several of Gold Country’s lakes offer prime wildlife viewing in the fall. Eastman Lake, situated where valley grasslands rise to the rolling Sierra Nevada foothills, is an excellent site to view bald and golden eagles, birds of prey and owls, and as fall turns to winter provides a resting spot for migratory birds. New Hogan Lake is set amidst California's largest stand of valley oak riparian forest. A trail passes a young, restored riparian forest, then moves to reconstructed marshes that attract sandhill cranes and waterfowl. River otters, beavers, and muskrats swim in cattail-lined sloughs, passing green herons and wood ducks. Read More>

    Kid's Corner

    Play Pooh Sticks - The trickiest part of this game is to find a bridge, preferably as wide as possible, crossing over a slow moving stream. Each child finds a unique stick. Have all the children drop their sticks in the creek on the up-stream side of the bridge. Run to the other side and see whose stick wins. Repeat for as long as you want!

    "The rain fell in torrents, from mountain to shore,
    The river ran wild, as never before.
    "If this doesn't stop" said Pooh to Eeyore,
    "we'll have no chance to play, it's a quarter to four".
    "Play what?" grumbled Eeyore who, truth to be told,
    was losing his tail, and getting quite old.
    "Oh, Eeyore, dear Eeyore, please get with the beat,
    A day without Pooh Sticks is a day incomplete."

    -Mark Beaumont, April 2013 on Facebook

    Editor’s Note: In searching for an image for this article, I discovered and the site of the Pooh Sticks World Championships along with the official rules. Check it out…it’s pretty fun>

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