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Discover Gold Country in Nevada County, California

June 6, 2021

Hello, friends! (Yes, I’m alive!) I feel like every time I write now I’m going to have to apologize for being MIA. I still haven’t really been traveling, so this blog has been more dormant than I would like. However, recently, I stayed at an Airbnb in Colfax, California and visited its neighboring city, Grass Valley in Nevada County (about 1 hour northeast of Sacramento and 1.5 hours west of Lake Tahoe). The only thing I had heard about those towns before was that they’re predominantly white and that my husband and I would be the only minorities there. Okay, that did turn out to be true (ha!), but they were not the podunk, nothing-to-do towns that I had imagined. They were actually quite quaint. Moreover, I discovered that these were former Gold Rush towns, with fascinating mining sites that you can visit today. In fact, Nevada County was where much of hydraulic mining was practiced and where deep quartz mining was started. If you are into California history, you’ll definitely want to stop by! Read on for my recommendations.

Congress Trail, Sequoia National Park
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Weekend Itinerary: Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks (COVID-19 edition)

August 3, 2020

First off, it’s been an extremely long time since I’ve posted anything! And if you follow me, I apologize. Honestly, since the last time I posted (oh, you know, like last year), I spent a lot of time planning my wedding for May 2020. Needless to say, no one could have imagined that we would spend most of 2020 trying to survive a pandemic. I feel like I’ve barely made progress with this blog, and now who knows when I will have the courage to fly again. But it doesn’t mean I won’t travel — it’ll just look different. No international travel for a while (tear), but domestic destinations (especially national parks) will be my new focus — while maintaining safety measures, of course!

My now husband Eric and I recently visited Sequoia and Kings Canyons National Parks in June. Sequoia National Park is known for its groves of giant sequoia trees, many of which have been alive for at least 3,000 years! Kings Canyon is one of the deepest canyons in North America, and has its own fair share of sequoia trees. We were really excited to finally check out these national parks, but since everybody was probably itching to get outdoors after quarantine, we were nervous about potential crowds.

tl;dr We enjoyed both parks, but Sequoia was pretty busy and social distancing wasn’t observed nor enforced in certain areas. Kings Canyon was far less busy, and we actually liked this park more. Read on to find out why.