WOW!! Feel the tug of the California High Sierra pulling you back for a visit?
So many choices... so little time! So... let’s go!
There's outdoor fun for the whole family... snowmobiling, skiing, snowboarding, and more.
Yep! We’re talking about... the Lake Tahoe area.
And when its ski season, there's no better place to go in the state.
Ooohh... just imagine surrounded by some of the best ski resorts in Northern California.
Or... farther south in Eastern Madera County... there's Mammoth Lakes Ski Resort.
That’s right! And each one offers something special. There's...
So... where do we go first? And... what do we do when we get there?
Okay! We could head to the same places everyone else goes to.
You know... Yosemite... King’s Canyon... and Sequoia National Parks.
Or we could start up at the northern area... near the Nevada border.
So let’s start exploring a couple...
First let’s check out California’s smallest - Alpine County - for example. Can you believe there’s just 1,102 residents in the whole county?
So... if we’re looking to get away from all the crowds, Alpine County’s great for year-round alpine recreation, world-class ski resorts, top-notch fishing, and an assortment of lodging and dining services... ranging from rustic to modern.
Then let’s go to Eastern El Dorado County. Who would of thought you’d find a 1200-year old Norse fortress in the California high sierra?
Well... we did!
An exact replica - that is - located at the head of Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe, California.
Vikingsholm - as it’s known - is a magnificent "castle" - uniquely blended of nature's spectacular beauty and man's architectural ingenuity.
Nestled in among towering pines and cedars, Mrs. Lora Josephine Knight had Vikingsholm built - as a summer home in 1929.
Outstanding features of the exterior of Vikingsholm include round granite boulders embedded in mortar... typical of stone churches and castles built in the 11th century in Southern Sweden...
The interior of the house also carries out the Scandinavian motif, with its...
Furnishings, carefully chosen by Mrs. Knight, enhanced and carried out the Scandinavian theme.
The castle overlooks a large pier and boat dock on the shore of Emerald Bay.
It's just a mile walk from the Highway 89 parking lot down to Vikingsholm on the shore of bay.
Let’s be adventurous and take the trail that leads from Vikingsholm to the nearby D.L. Bliss State Park.
Still not what you're looking for? Well have you...
Then we need to go to... Eastern Madera County. Because that’s where we’ll discover Devils Postpile National Monument.
What a sight! Agreed? Just imagine... a monument featuring thousands of columns of basalt forming 100,000 years ago.
The Postpile's columns average 2 feet in diameter. Many of them are up to 60 feet long. Together they look like tall posts stacked in a pile and leaning on the side of the mountain's edge.
Not into hiking around the rocks? Okay!
Well here’s something else Eastern Madera County has to offer - Mammoth Lakes Ski Resort.
Aaahh... this resort includes Mammoth Lakes Village with lodging - with cozy fireplaces, restaurants and shopping, over 3,500 acres, 28 lifts, 150 trails, and more.
As the name implies, Mammoth Lakes not only makes us feel like we’re living large, it also, makes us feel like we are living well, no matter when we visit.
And Mammoth’s terrain suits skiers and snowboarders at all levels...
But that’s not all we can do at Mammoth Lakes... let’s go dog sledding, cross country skiing, ice climbing, hot air balloon adventures, helicopter tours, and more.
Now if you’re not the outdoor type... there are plenty of other sights to see and things to do in the California high sierra.
And... like we said... there are 12 counties to explore, and... we’re just getting started. So keep comin’ back.
We’ll be exploring some more of those counties and sharing them with you.