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Weimar Institute Trails

said on July 15th, 2010 filed under: Fun Things to Do Outdoors, Neighborhood Profiles, Running and Hiking trails

Weimar trees at prayer cove

The trails at Weimar are not spectacular.  No long-range vistas of the snow-capped mountains.  No thundering waterfalls.  But these trails are some of my favorites of all the trails I know in the Sierra foothills. 

Weimar Institute is a Seventh Day Adventist enclave (ashram?) between Auburn, CA and Colfax, CA just off Interstate 80 at the West Paoli exit.  This place is HUGE.  Though I’ve run all the Institute trails, I’ve never tried to calculate the cumulative trail distance, but it has to be continue reading…

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Prayer Cove at Weimar Institute

said on July 15th, 2010 filed under: Fun Things to Do Outdoors, Localism, Running and Hiking trails

Five miles into the Weimar run we stop at Prayer Cove, a secluded clearing just off the Coyote Creek trail.

 

Dharma drinks and splashes around in the creek while I pray, or rather, chant a beautiful Sanskrit prayer called “Jyota se Jyota,” irreverently translated to mean continue reading…

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Best Sights Along Clementine Trail

said on July 7th, 2010 filed under: Fun Things to Do Outdoors, Localism, Running and Hiking trails

Confluence of the North and Middle Forks of the American

Confluence of the North and Middle Forks of the American

The Clementine Trail is a pretty four mile jaunt from the Confluence of the North and Middle Forks of  the American River upstream to the Clementine Dam and back.  The Confluence is about two miles below Auburn, California, down in the American River Canyon.  It is a popular spot for picnics and swimming, but you have to be damned careful, especially in the Middle Fork.  That part of the American is continue reading…

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12 Reasons Why the 4th of July at Lake of the Pines, CA is the Best Day of the Year

said on July 4th, 2010 filed under: Fun Things to Do Outdoors, Lake of the Pines, Neighborhood Profiles, Whimsy

At Lake of the Pines, California, 4th of July is the best, most fun day of the year.  Houses are decorated.  The population doubles.  It’s bigger than Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Halloween all rolled up in one ball of total happiness.

1.  Everybody, I mean EVERYBODY, shows up.  It lifts your patriotic spirit to see so many people having so much fun. continue reading…

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