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Paradise Lake beckons those wanting a mountain experience

Paradise Lake beckons those wanting a mountain experience

It doesn’t take long to get out of the flatlands of Chico and be surrounded by pines. In 20 minutes it’s like you are in a different world. Welcome to Paradise—elevation about 2,000 feet, with conifers the dominant flora. Walking along Paradise Lake it’s like being...

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Sierra Nevada Barrel-Aged Beer A Special Treat

Sierra Nevada Barrel-Aged Beer A Special Treat

Sometimes the bottle is so fun you don’t want to open it. Sometimes it’s too big for one person. Eventually, though, it’s time to open that big boy to see what all the hoopla is about. Such was the case with a special bottle of my sister gave me at the holidays. A 750...

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Migration of birds fill the sky, waterways of NorCal

Migration of birds fill the sky, waterways of NorCal

It’s not your imagination. As the sun sets, bird calls do get louder. If only I knew what these animals were saying. They seemed to be enjoying themselves as much as the people who were watching and listening. A spectacular sunset danced along the wetlands at Llano...

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Glorious waterfalls spill forth from Table Mountain

Glorious waterfalls spill forth from Table Mountain

It won’t take much effort to search for waterfalls this year. Water is flowing in some unusual places thanks to all the rain that has been dropping on California and points east. Table Mountain’s magic was on display Jan. 15 and will likely continue for weeks to come....

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