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Category Archives: California’s Golden Parks

Cayuga Playground – California’s Golden Parks (146)

Huell visits the Cayuga Playground in downtown San Francisco. This amazing playground was once a beaten down, overgrown, weed-choked space and has been transformed by Demi Braceros into a beautiful park with flowers and paths decorated with twisted twig fences, wood carvings and inspirational messages.

American River Parkway – California’s Golden Parks (136)

Huell sets off from where the Sacramento and American River meet on a bike ride along the beautiful 23-mile American River Parkway.

Yosemite Falls Trail – California’s Golden Parks (135)

Huell’s off to Yosemite National Park where he walks the newly rehabilitated trails to the base of Yosemite Falls, the highest waterfall in North America.

Columbia Diggins – California’s Golden Parks (134)

Once the second largest city in California, Columbia is a wonderfully preserved gold rush-era town, and it’s where Huell attends the annual Columbia Diggin’s celebration.

Bidwell – California’s Golden Parks (133)

Join Huell as he visits Bidwell Park in Chico. Encompassing almost 3,670 acres, it is one of the largest municipal parks in the United States. 2005 marks the centennial of the park’s original gift of pristine California countryside by the Bidwell family, Chico’s founders, for the “pleasure of the people of said city for all  Continue Reading »

Carrizo Plain – California’s Golden Parks (132)

The Carrizo Plain is a southerly extension of the San Juan Valley, about 20 miles southwest of Bakersfield. Its 250,000 acres allow visitors to imagine what much of California was like 300 years ago. Huell learns about its rare plants and animals, as well as its human history.

Joshua Tree – California’s Golden Parks (131)

Join popular PBS host Huell Howser and ecologist Jim Cornett as they explore Joshua Tree National Park for a look at these amazing trees found in only four states and no where else in the world. Included is a visit to the record holding “Barber Pole” tree and an up close look at the desert  Continue Reading »

Pio Pico – California’s Golden Parks (127)

Pio Pico State Historic Park welcomes Huell Howser. It is the site of “El Ranchito,” the final home of the last Mexican Governor of California.

Ano Nuevo – California’s Golden Parks (111)

Año Nuevo State Reserve is the site of the largest mainland breeding colony in the world for the northern elephant seal. Huell ventures out to this low, rocky, windswept point jutting out into the Pacific Ocean 55 miles south of San Francisco to see hundreds of seals during breeding season.

Bale Grist – California’s Golden Parks (110)

It was once the center of social activity as Napa Valley settlers gathered to have their corn and wheat ground into meal or flour. Travel with Huell Howser just three miles north of St. Helena off Highway 29 to Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park, the site of a water-powered grist mill that was built  Continue Reading »