KNIGHTS FERRY - It was somewhere just below the Knights Ferry Resort and a minute after getting nailed by a kid sporting a water launcher from the safety of the bank that my apprehensions about rafting down the Stanislaus River disappeared.
From its headwaters in Yosemite National Park, one extraordinary river winds sharply down the Sierra Nevada. It passes nearly 150 miles through the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne, foothill villages, and valley farmland before finally emptying into the San Francisco Bay.
MODESTO - When Father Francisco Naranjo of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Lathrop was looking for suggestions to help their church-building fund-raiser, his parishioners strongly recommended Sciabica's extra virgin olive oil.
STOCKTON - An Evening with Martina McBride takes place Wednesday, Aug. 8, at Stockton's Bob Hope Theatre.
MURPHYS - Tickets are on sale for the 2012 Ironstone Vineyards Concert Series featuring some world-class performers, including John Fogerty on Aug. 3, Heart on Aug. 11, and Jeff Foxworthy on Sept. 8.
STOCKTON - Josh Turner returns to Stockton on Friday, Oct. 26, to perform at the Bob Hope Theatre.
Those people raised on TV westerns like Bonanza will feel like they've stepped right onto the Ponderosa when they take the one-hour drive northeast from Bakersfield to the town of Kernville. There's good reason: dozens of TV and movie westerns have been filmed in the immediate vicinity.
The scenic section of the Stanislaus River from Knights Ferry to Orange Blossom is popular with both experienced and inexperienced paddlers due to its outstanding mix of wildlife and variety of topography.
MISTAKE NO. 1: IMPROPER DRESS ON THE RIVER
MODESTO - The New Christy Minstrels will appear in concert on Saturday, July 21, at the State Theatre.
SONORA - Spend three days with National Geographic Photographer Phil Schermeister learning the art of nature photography at the High Sierra Institute's Baker Station located on Highway 108 near Kennedy Meadows.
SONORA - Join Sierra Rep for a fun and frantic wedding day like no other this summer as we present There Goes the Bride, a mad-cap dash to the altar with an unexpected twist.
History buffs could hardly do better than a visit to California's Gold Country in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada where gold was discovered in the mid-19th Century, setting off a population explosion that helped shape what California is today. And maybe the best place to get a sense of what it all was like back then is Columbia State Park, hailed as the state's best preserved ghost town.
You may have played pirates as a wee one in your backyard, digging up and burying hidden treasure. As an adult, you can relive those days of discovery by geocaching. Geocaching is an activity that involves using a Global Positioning System receiver to navigate and find or plant containers, called geocaches, that contain a logbook or small treasure. Presently, with an estimate of over a million such caches all over the world, geocaching is one of the fastest growing outdoor recreation activities in the world. Because of the popularity of the sport and its nature, the California State Parks became ...
Califia, the 14-foot fountain statue, welcomes visitors to downtown Turlock. Adorned in festive colors, the representation of the mythical Amazon queen is supposed to symbolize this area's connection to the soil and its agricultural vitality. The statue - a bronze and ceramic sculpture/fountain - was created by Davis artist Donna Billick and took a year to complete. Califia had her unveiling in June 2005, and stands on the corner of Main and Market streets.
MANTECA – There's Pixie Woods in Stockton and Micke Grove in Lodi – places that offer plenty of attractions and recreational facilities for the young.
PATTERSON – Whether kids like to skate, bike, or even rollerblade, the skate park in Patterson is the only place to go according to local skateboarders Abraham Garcia-Ramos and Joel Becerril.
STOCKTON – Pixie Woods Amusement Park was once described as Stockton's own fairyland for the "young in age and young at heart."
MODESTO – "Dad – what are we going to do today?"
Its been called California's Main Street. It splits from Interstate 5 some 90 miles south of Mt. Shasta – the state's most imposing volcano – and remerges with Interstate 5 at the base of the Grapevine that takes you over the Tehachapi Mountains and dumps you into the Southland.
Forget about the Norman Rockwell touchy feely approach to pumpkins.
Since 2007, RAM Farms in Turlock has provided the community with a perfect fall destination filled with pumpkins and a challenging corn maze. Now into their 7th year, the farm proves that it is better than ever by offering even more pumpkins and hours of family fun.
Fantozzi Farms 12th Annual Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch in Patterson provides plenty of family fun for the community and visitors with colossal corn mazes, a variety of pumpkins, and fun-filled activities.
For those in search of the Great Pumpkin look no further than Countryside Farms.
STOCKTON – Willie Chan entered through the back door of Mr. D's Pizza and Sports Pub.
The Banta Inn in Tracy is famous for the spirits it serves to its bar guests, and infamous for the spirit that is supposed to haunt this popular watering hole.
TURLOCK – For those walking down Main Street after dark, it is hard to ignore the sound of live music coming from downtown's Vintage Lounge and Piano Bar. What's even harder to miss is the long line of people that can be seen on weekend nights, hoping to get in to the popular venue.
MODESTO – The sharp screeches of an old jukebox.The clanking of glasses. The hum of conversation and the occasional outburst of laughter. There's really nothing like a good night out in a bad bar – well, dingy bar actually – where the beer is cheap and the friends are plentiful and the insults and the banter fly around like the smoke-filled air that used to consume the dive bars that dotted the landscape in and around Modesto.
MODESTO – How much for those Superman comics?