March 2023 – Spring Issue Vol 14

Spring Time Adventure Brings Blossoms and Big trees

Visalia California, long known as the gateway to Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, was recently designated as the very first Certified Autism Destination in the county by IBCCES, a leader in cognitive training and certification. For travelers with autism and their families, this means having the ability to travel withconfidence knowing they will be [...]

Live the active lifestyle you desire one habit at a time

Foundations of habit building What's that old saying, 'it takes 21 days to form a new habit'? I'll go ahead and call it for you right here and now. The essential foundation you need to build a habit is consistency; repetition, performing that habit repeatedly until it becomes something you do on autopilot. There are [...]

2023 Spring Season May Bring Spectacular Wildflower Blooms—and Crowds—to State Parks

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – With spectacular wildflower blooms expected this spring that may attract thousands of people into the outdoors, California State Parks is providing visitors with tips on how to explore the blooms safely and responsibly. In the interest of safety and conservation, visitors are asked to understand the area they plan on visiting, check the [...]

Important Things To Remember When Overlanding

Overlanding can be a lot of fun, but the adventure could be derailed at any time. Here are some things to keep in mind so that you can enjoy yourself.

16 Years of First Time Adventures on the Tahoe Rim Trail

Imagine, if you will, your first trip adventuring in the Sierra Nevada mountains. It’s the first time you’ve strapped on a backpack, and the first time you’ve dared to enter the mountains with the intent not to return home that night. You leave your friends and family behind, as well as your phone, and meet [...]

California State Parks Launches Digital Passport Program

Digital Passport Program to Broaden Access and Deepen Engagement Across Nation’s Largest State Park System Developed with OuterSpatial, app invites and informs visitors with an interactive challenge that prompts collection of badges across 200+ parks. California State Parks today enters a new era with its new digital Passport Program, driven by OuterSpatial, designed to increase [...]

My Hidden Garden: A True Place, A True Wilderness Experience

Hidden Treasures of Twin Lakes Trail in Desolation Wilderness I have a story to warm the hearts of the most avid hikers as well as the first-time novice hikers entering the DesolationWilderness. By way of introduction … To set the stage … In the later part of my life … after my retirement, I began [...]

Bring All The Toys

The Perfect Spring Adventure Destination in the Eastern Sierra Load all your favorite outdoor toys, pack the bags and call all the buddies. Carson Valley is the perfect spring playground for a Guy's adventure, recreation and food weekend. Look no further than the Carson Valley for world-class golfing, mountain biking, off-roading, fishing and skiing, great [...]

Kern River Ready for Wild & Rowdy River Season

Kern River Outfitters Raft exploding through Rapid

Take Me to The Lake

A Guide To Lake Vacations in Northern California's Plumas County Water. It has so much power in life. In California, water is a precious commodity. However, those looking to escape and discover water's beauty and healing power to the soul only need to drive into the Feather River basin. With 1,000 miles of streams and [...]

23 Great Sunrise Adventures in the Sierra Nevada

The Sierra Nevada has hundreds of great spots to watch a beautiful sunrise. Like much of the exploring visitors do, perspective on a location is everything. Do you like first light while deep in a canyon, or do you prefer vista views of the horizon? This list includes 23 locations our readers and staff highly [...]

Solitude with 1,100,000

Discovering Solitude in Death Valley National Park DEATH VALLEY, Calif. – Over 1,100,000 people visited Death Valley National Park last year. People can find solitude by choosing when to visit, and where to hike. January, February, and March were extremely busy compared to past years. Visitation in August, September, and October was about half of [...]

Stress-Free Steps Toward Self-Care

(Family Features) Over the last few years, self-care has taken on heightened importance for moms across the country. That is why Mrs. T's Pierogies is partnering with actress, entrepreneur and mom JoAnna Garcia Swisher for its "All-Star Moms" campaign to spotlight the importance of finding ways to recharge and help these real-life superheroes prioritize me-time. [...]

Is Paid Parking the Solution For Crowded Tahoe Ski Resorts?

NORTHSTAR, HEAVENLY, AND KIRKWOOD TO ADDRESS TRAFFIC AND PARKING CHALLENGES NEXT WINTER SEASON Starting winter 2023/24, the resorts will create a combination of free and paid parking options on weekends and holidays/peak periods, with a focus on reservations and carpooling incentives, in an effort to alleviate road congestion and parking challenges.  LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – [...]

Snowshoeing the TRT to Big Meadow

Snowshoeing to Big Meadow has been on my winter hiking bucket list for years. There's nothing quite like hiking out to a snow filled meadow surrounded by nature, mountains and views in every direction. Big Meadow Trailhead is located off of Highway 89 between Christmas Valley and Hope Valley, south of South Lake Tahoe. The [...]

Atmospheric Chaos in the Sierra

California Record Snowfall brings Blessing and Curse to Sierra Nevada March 2023 - It all started in November 2022. Early snowfall in the Sierra started the party of snow dances and ski season dreams. Every Ski resort in the Sierra was open for the holidays and locals wondered if this was the year to match [...]

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