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.
PATTERSON - Looking for an authentic Mexican meal that isn't going to break the bank? Whether you have an appetite for chorizos (Mexican sausage), asada (beef), or even tripa (intestines), Patterson's local taco trucks can supply your needs for just pennies on the dollar.
STOCKTON - Nina Simangan looks over each of her orchids.
MODESTO - Folks looking for a hiking trail in the Central Valley have plenty of rural areas to choose from, and now have a more urban option also. The City of Modesto embarked on a new project designed to transform a piece of history into a physical fitness trail.
The daffodils are in bloom and the trees are budding as spring approaches for the 14th time since the Tidewater Bike Path replaced the former barren and weed-infested abandoned right-of-way of its namesake railroad.
PATTERSON - Heart-pumping climbs, dog-friendly paths and walks for the kids are some of the activities that Frank Raines Park has to offer local hikers.
The Calaveras River Bike Path also accommodates hikers and joggers.
It attracts millions of visitors every year, has served as a muse to some of the world's greatest artists and is known to inspire as much awe in the lifelong companion as it does in the first-time visitor.
From afar, Mount Diablo stares you right in the face.
STOCKTON - When it comes to the Stockton Ports, there's history and then there's History.
Although Nutcher Milk Company only made its first appearance at the Turlock Certified Farmers Market last week, Rick Nutcher reported that his family's idea to build their own creamery and bottle their own milk was years in the making.
Usually when there is an aggregation of cars in one area, it means traffic.
The first of the Friday night 'Pre-Cruise' events has been staged in Escalon, adjacent to Hula's Restaurant on Jackson Avenue, and they will continue throughout the summer. They are a popular weekly 'lead in' to the annual downtown Autumn Cruise the Escalon Lions Club hosts each September.
COLUMBIA - Barbershop quartets, Fourth of July celebrations, ice cream socials and marching bands find a home at Columbia State Park's Fallon House Theatre when Sierra Repertory Theatre presents The Music Man, June 26 – August 16.
SONORA - Fast-moving comedy comes to the East Sonora stage through June 28 in Sierra Repertory Theatre's Unnecessary Farce.
LODI - Cruise Night is back at A&W Root Beer of Lodi.
The coolest spot in the Manteca-Ripon area without the aid of air conditioning can be found along the Stanislaus River in one of the few remaining stands of riparian woodland in the Central Valley.
Buckley Cove is one of those tucked away places in the 209.
ESCALON – I used to tell my parents when I was leaving to head out to the river with my friends.
Lodi Lake has something for practically everyone.
A delicate blanket of "cotton" from falling seed pods coated the narrow path amid oaks, cottonwoods, and undergrowth.
Since the beginning to the month, Pixie Woods Amusement Park has re-opened for the new season.
Kids looking for the perfect way to spend their summer in Turlock will not have to look further than city limits.
School is out for the summer.
My memories of Micke Grove Regional Park are unforgettable.