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The Transverse Ranges of Southern California
Did you know that the sun does not set over the ocean from Santa Barbara south? The Transverse Ranges change the orientation of the Southern California Coast and thus have helped to create many of the wonderful areas in the region.
Fall Color in California's State Parks
The East Coast is famous for fall color, but California's got it as well. The State Park system is a particularly lovely place to 'leaf-peep'.
Ramona, The First California Novel
Regarded as the first California novel, Ramona is a fun read and a great introduction to early statehood history.
Independent California Colleges and Universities
The private colleges and universities of California are under-utilized resources, and applicants should research their possibilities. There are so many more choices here than just the CSUs and UCs!
Mt. Wilson is both an historic and a scientific treasure. For the last hundred years, it has been an important site for astronomical research. Today, it is also open to the public.
Paddling Newport Beach
Paddle sports abound in the Newport Beach area, and there is much waterway to be explored.
The Legend of the San Nicholas Island Woman
The story of Juana Maria, the Native American woman who inspired the children's classic Island of the Blue Dolphins, is a fascinating tale - and entirely true.
Lassen National Park
Lassen National Park is remote but worth the drive. Unusual geo-thermal activity gives the area an unusual and eerie beauty.
This is an introduction to the many "Chinatowns" in California. These areas are important for far more reasons than just restaurants! A visit to any one will immerse the traveler into California's multicultural history.
An introduction to the fun waiting for the visitor to Lake Tahoe, California
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