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Big Sur - Hiking Andrew Molera State Park

One of the great delights of living in the Bay Area is the proximity to the natural beauty of California and it's hard to beat the stunning drive down Highway One to Big Sur. This is certainly one of the iconic American road trips, but for me the joy of being in the area is getting out of your car and hitting a trail, so you can be "in" the landscape rather than just looking at it from the asphalt. 

A Few Days in Downieville

As you can see from the previous couple of posts, Downieville is somewhere we love but in addition it's paradise for the dog!

Last time we came up we saw a bear here!

The cabins are right on the Yuba river

There are so many beautiful places to visit in the Sierras but we love visiting the Lure Resort. It's a lovely (dog friendly) spot, one mile past Downieville, a small Gold Country town on Highway 49 - past Nevada City and Grass Valley. There's great hiking but the dog just wants to swim the river. On this trip we barbequed and spent hours lounging. I highly recommend this place, but I'm giving it short shrift because I have an trip to Arizona to tell you about!