Blog | Not California

How Metropolis lost the West

I have a kid who loves ghost towns and abandoned places, so every time we go anywhere we end up hiking down some overgrown, abandoned railroad tracks or getting way closer to a crumbling former hotel than we’re supposed to. So driving through Nevada was kind of like going through a time portal in the […]

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Blog | Not California

American castles

I love castles. I mean, I would never live in one because ghosts, but I love the stillness of a centuries-old stone building, the scale, and the history that you can feel in your bones even if not much of it has ever been written down. Anyway, America is great and everything but it doesn’t […]

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Blog | California

Sea Lions in Rivers?

Over the weekend, I took my kids down to the waterfront at Old Town Sacramento. And it wasn’t to watch the boats or for a river cruise or anything, it was to see the sea lions. Wait, what? Sea lions in Sacramento? Yeah, it’s kind of weird. Sacramento is like 100 miles inland, and if […]

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Blog | California

Dry is the new normal

I learned two things this weekend: One: Mountain biking is mostly just about saying to yourself, “I can’t believe I didn’t wipe out just then.” Two: You can’t trust the trail reviews on mountain biking sites. Because no serious mountain biker would ever use words like “challenging,” “narrow,” “dangerous in places,” or “sheer drop-off” when […]

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Science

To Save the Redwoods, Scientists Debate Burning and Logging

MILLIONS OF PEOPLE travel to California’s redwood forests every year to marvel at the few remaining stands of old-growth trees. Sequoia sempervirens, or the coast redwood, thrives in the damp climate along the Pacific Ocean. Some are more than 2,000 years old, and the tallest can reach 380 feet. The state is also home to a second […]

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