YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - We had been traveling for hours - six by plane from Philadelphia to San Francisco, then nearly four more in a car through city, suburbs, farmland and forest - when we glimpsed our reward from a turnout in the mountain road.
By JOHN PAIN
By DAVID GERMAIN
Mr. D's Pizza & Sports Bar sits in a historic brick building near downtown that was once the engine room of one of the largest tanneries on the West Coast.
MODESTO - The Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra (MSYO) presents its season finale concert on Saturday, May 11, at 3 p.m. at Gallo Center for the Arts.
VALLECITO - Twisted Oak Winery opens the 2013 concert series with the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band under the stars at the winery in Vallecito.
NAPA (AP) - Love the lush and lovely Napa Valley but hate how expensive it can be? You're not the first. In the late 19th century, writer Robert Louis Stevenson moved his honeymoon to the rustic but free setting of an abandoned mining camp when the $10-a-week going rate for Calistoga hotels proved too much for his slender purse.
Earth Day is more than just a day to plant trees, pick up trash, and recycle; it is a time for families and businesses to come together to alter the effects our presence has made on the planet.
April is the month for green living. With Earth Day on April 22, the month is jam-packed with local festivals, volunteer opportunities and kid-friendly events to help mark the 43rd anniversary of the annual appreciation day for the planet.
Andrew and Jackson Brunn will tell you, "it's pretty easy being green. It's habit forming."
"Empaque su basura" reads the sweatshirt hanging in my closet.
LAKEPORT - Sometimes overlooked because of the state's spectacular Pacific coastline, California's fresh-water lakes offer plenty of getaway and vacation opportunities for the state's residents. One longtime favorite is Clear Lake, just a couple hours drive of the San Francisco Bay area.
Of all the food trends to take off during the last decade, taco trucks are perhaps the most popular form of fast food dining in the 209. The taco truck invasion has taken over Valley streets, giving local restaurants some serious competition.
STOCKTON - When it comes to taco trucks, my friend Kevin has his favorite.
JAMESTOWN - Table Mountain is one of the best-kept secrets for a hike that isn't far from home, isn't difficult, isn't crowded and offers a spectacular view of both snow-covered peaks, New Melones lake and the rolling foothills below.
It's an old barn like any other in the Manteca and surrounding areas, or even in the San Joaquin Valley.
MODESTO – There's the mall.
The Troll doll was one of many toys that came out during the height of the Cold War.
STOCKTON – Port City's native son has returned with a … filet?
There's a veritable smorgasbord of places to ring in the New Year in and around Manteca.
New Years Eve celebrations throughout the Sierra Nevada range are on tap from Lake Tahoe to as far south as Mammoth Lakes just off Highway 395.
What better way to kick-off 2015 but with a brisk run or walk?
As the clock strikes midnight, Turlock proves year after year to be comparable to big city venues as one of the best places to ring in the New Year in the Central Valley.
Christmas when Nellie Richetta was growing up was not exactly the kind that the Ingalls had in "Little House on a Prairie." Some elements of it were there though.
Yes, Eduardo – there is a Santa.
Every year for Christmas Arnita Montiel got the exact same gift.
Patricia Jimenez often drove along Lincoln Street in Stockton, passing many of the less fortunate in the area near the St. Mary's Interfaith Dining Room located directly underneath the Highway 4 crosstown freeway.
A favorite destination in the winter for a day or weekend playing in the snow along Highway 108 above Sonora is the family-owned and -operated Leland High Sierra Snow Play. The family likes to call their tourist attraction with a cozy Alpine feeling "the biggest and best snow play facility in the Sierra."
The best time to visit Yosemite Valley? It's now. Although the approach of spring in April usually means incredible waterfalls with relative sparse crowds, nothing beats winter for solitude on the valley floor. And with the storm that just passed by dumping plenty of snow, Yosemite Valley is a feast for the eyes with snow blanketing meadows, accenting trees, and softening the surrounding granite outcroppings.
The first big winter storm of the season is just a few degrees too warm to pepper the ski resorts closest to home with enough snow to open for the season.