Wild Places We Go

Convict Lake, California

Convict Lake and Creek are so named as the result of an encounter here September 17, 1871, between Robert Morrison, Benton merchant and member of a posse of citizens, and three convicts who had escaped from the Carson City, Nevada, State Penitentiary. Morrison encountered the convicts at the present Convict Creek, then known as Monte … Continue reading

Driving Sonora Pass
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Driving Sonora Pass

Following my visit to Twain Harte last year (2008), I opted to return home via Sonora Pass rather than through the embarrassment of California that is the Central Valley.  After mentioning my intention, my father had made an offhand comment along the lines of, “Yeah, it’s a drive worth doing.”  In hindsight, he should have … Continue reading

Carrizo Plain
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Carrizo Plain

The Carrizo Plain was my first destination on the California Loop Trip. Often described as California’s Serengeti, I was honestly not expecting too much after having seen the real Serengeti, but as with all stops on this trip – results exceeded expectations. In his very final days in office, President Bill Clinton signed a proclamation … Continue reading