The California Trail

If you’re driving to or from California this summer, you’re following one of the great wagon trails left by our forefathers.  Consider taking a little time along the way to learn about the route and the intrepid travelers that built this nation.   Most of the California emigrants took the northern route from St. Louis …

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The Emperor of the United States

  California is known for some pretty odd characters. It started in the early days; the crazy time of the 49’ers brought out some outrageous personalities. One of the biggest was Joshua Abraham Norton - The Emperor of the United States. Norton was an Englishman that grew up in South Africa. He was a successful …

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Politics: Wasn’t it Always a Wild and Crazy Sport?

  It’s the end of the presidential election season.   Most of us feel relieved about that, but very nervous about the results.  It feels like we’re on the verge of civil war, there are so many angry people on both sides.  And no matter who wins, there are going to be some very bitter people who …

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The Heritage of our National Parks

  On August 25, 2016, the National Park Service turned 100. We have many people to thank for the preservation of Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, and nearly 400 other sites that tell the story of North America.  The roots of the National Park system are deep - all the way back to 1832, when …

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Parkfield: Preserving the Past for the Future

  This summer we’ve been talking about places to go when you have a day off and need some fresh scenery.   Let me tell you about one of my favorite places on the map. Parkfield is a quiet and quaint wide spot in the road located in the central coast mountains between Paso Robles …

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