The El Dorado Winery Association invites wine adventurers to a wine tasting sojourn through the Sierra foothills featuring great wine, music and food at the annual Passport Wine Event on April 22 and 23 and April 29 and 30 with a special wine-maker dinner on April 21 and 28.
Guests will enjoy touring through the spectacular foothills and visiting the participating El Dorado Wine Association members’ tasting rooms and vineyards.
“Each year sets a new tone and theme at Passport. This year we are offering Adventures in Wine,” said Carey Skinner, owner of Skinner Vineyards and president of the El Dorado Winery Association. “We love opening our doors and setting the stage for the new theme each year.”
With more than 150 years of history steeped in gold and agriculture, the El Dorado region is poised for its new found resurgence in viticulture. Unique vineyard soils and a high elevation create a superior environment for a vast array of varietals. The region is gaining recognition for its ability to grow quality grapes that exhibit a sense of place.
Each Halloween, Church St. gets between 1,000 and 1,200 children trick or treating. I appreciate all the people and Rotary who donate candy or money to help buy candy each year. However, each year many people on Church St. run out of candy and have to shut down before Halloween ends at 8:00 pm. Also, many have had to go out and buy candy because much of it is donated at the last minute and people feel they won’t have enough. So, please donate candy and if you do please do so a week or more ahead of time so I have to distribute it to the many houses on Church St. You can leave candy in the can at my door at 2942 Church St. or at MarVal. Also, this year the county is charging $200 to close the street.
Imagine a fun afternoon hike around Mt. Baker. You’re enjoying the quiet of the forest, the dappled light shining through the trees, and the intoxicating smell of the leaves when thick fog rolls in unexpectedly at 4:00 p.m. In a panic, you follow the wrong trail for hours along a progressively steeper face until you’ve run out of daylight.
Imagine being on a snowmobile in the back-country with friends, zipping through the powder and chasing each other between the tree trunks when a blizzard sets in and the last snowmobile doesn’t show up at the rendezvous point.
Or imagine the mountain biking trip you’ve been daydreaming about for months, bombing down the mountain with the wind in your face. You get separated from your group on a tricky portion of single-track, and decide to press on when you come to an unknown fork in the trail. Feeling exhausted and dehydrated, you take a corner too fast and crash, tacoing your front wheel and breaking your collar bone.
Lost, hurt, stranded – these scenarios and others like them play out over three thousand times per year in the United States. Folks heading outdoors in search of adventure don’t plan on getting lost or hurt in the wilderness. It can happen to the best of us, and when it does, people underestimate the challenges of the wilderness and overestimate their own ability.
To help you avoid becoming a statistic by rightly explaining the dangers of the wilderness and ensuring that you are physically and mentally prepared for any snags during your adventures, we’ve put together this wilderness survival guide.
What can you do with a 1913 Model T, an old propane tank, CO2 container, and a piece of an old metal bed frame? Local historian and naturalist, Guy Nixon, explains how his father, Bill Nixon, and brother-in-law, Mike Kearney, created a wood burning engine for their Model T. The burning at high temperatures gasifies the wood, so the vehicle runs on hydrogen. The exhaust is H2O! Enjoy the ride!
“Hikes from the North Fork to the South Fork of the American River”
With a brief respite from winter’s El Niño storms and temperatures nearing 70° across the Georgetown Divide, there couldn’t be a better time to get out and enjoy the great outdoors! While snow at higher elevations limits trail use to snowshoes or cross-country skis at this time of year, lower elevation trails are open and are often lightly used during the cooler months.
For local hikers, GetOffYourGass.com is the ultimate guide to hiking on the Georgetown Divide. GetOffYourGass was created in 2007 by Philip Liberman to provide a source on the web for hikes in the American River watersheds above Folsom Lake. “Get Off Your Gass” was the name Tom Petersen used when he lead hikes in the region during that time period.
The site contains more than 300 pages of hiking trails and detailed, hand-drawn maps. This is a collection of hikes from the books: Auburn Outback, Georgetown Hiking Trails, Lost Trails of the Sierra Nevada, Placerville Paths and Take a Hike! by local authors Tom Petersen, Robert J. Griffis and Evan W. Jones.