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Castle Crags State Park

5/13/2009 Back on the road east then north to Castle Crags SP. Drove a twisty one-lane road up to the vista point parking and took a short trail to the vista point. Fantastic views here of Castle Crags in one direction and Mount Shasta in another, both framed by trees. Pacific Crest NST.

The park sign
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A view of Mount Shasta
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The eponymous crags
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A snack with a view
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Mount Diablo State Park

5/15/2009 Drove south and headed to Mount Diablo SP. I planned to drive to the summit, but after a couple of miles on tight switchbacks on a narrow road with steep drops, I realized I didn’t have enough time. I enjoyed the nice views even from where I got to, then headed back down and over to Danville.

A nice panorama with morning fog
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Hi there
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Me at the vista point
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Richardson Grove State Park

5/19/1998 Stopped in Richardson Grove State Park for a look at the redwoods. Rain on and off, heavy at times.

Maureen at the park entrance
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A look at the top
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A close-up
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Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park

3/28/1995 Drove downtown for audio walking tour of Sutter’s Fort [State Historic Park, NHL] - quite interesting.

5/23/2015 Continuing a little more east we stopped at the Sutter’s Fort NHL [and SHP]. The adobe fort is famous for its association with the Donner Party, the California Gold Rush and the formation of Sacramento. In one of our lamer moves, we waited until the fort (surrounded by a high wall) opened the main gates for admission at 10:00. We stepped part way in, took our photographs, and beat a retreat.

The park sign
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A view from outside
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Ken by the gate
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A peak inside
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