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Old Posted May 13, 2013, 5:34 AM
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Truckee, Downieville and a trip home

The Sierra Nevada Mountains run along the eastern California border and effectively create the deserts of Nevada as they wring all the moisture out of most storms that pass through. I grew up in the Sierra foothills and spent my youth hiking, camping, and swimming in lakes and rivers there. Bored on Saturday, I recently decided to get on Highway 80 in Oakland and head up to the mountains. In three hours I was in Truckee and, after a walk though downtown, took highway 89 to 49 through Sierra County and ended up in Grass Valley/Nevada City to have dinner with one of my best friends.

Truckee (pop 16,180), biggest city in Nevada County

What is most disturbing about these pictures are the mountains in the distance. Truckee is at an elevation of 5,800 ft and this is April. There is almost NO snow on the peaks, a really scary reflection of our very dry winter. If you'd like to see Truckee in the snow, see a thread I did here.





































The Truckee River, draining Lake Tahoe through Reno to Pyramid Lake















































Heading out highway 89 north, entering Sierra County



This high elevation valley was dead silent, unbelievable I was in the Bay Area half a day earlier





The Sierra Buttes at Sardine Lake, often this is inaccessible well into May

















Sierra City (pop 221)









Downieville (pop 282), remarkably, the seat of Sierra County. Most of these were actually taken in Fall 2012 with a few this Spring.







































Sierra County Courthouse

















All ready for winter!































































































































North San Juan, a small community back in Nevada County





Nevada City (pop 3,068), seat of Nevada County























Nevada County Courthouse







My place of birth, Grass Valley (pop 12,860)



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Old Posted May 13, 2013, 2:24 PM
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Very pretty tour and pictures!

I´ve enjoyed watching those towns and villages around Sierra Nevada. I´m sorry about the drought, and I hope Spring bring there more rain and humidity. Those woods and mountains are very nice. You was born in a lovely area of California.

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Old Posted May 13, 2013, 8:51 PM
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Love, love, love the Gold Country. Great pics.
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Amazing stuff. Its weird to say this, but i always feel at home in the sierra. Ive been hiking, camping, snowboarding and driven through a lot of it and i just love it. its so damn beautiful

This dry year has me worried though. i dont want half the state to be burning this year
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Real sweet. Truckee sounds like a place Merle Haggard would have written a song about.
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Very cool tour!
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Great pictures! I love the mountain towns!

I was just thinking last week that we haven't had a photothread from you in a while. Glad that you're back on track!
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Thanks for the comments! Indeed, the Sierras are a California treasure.

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Great pictures! I love the mountain towns!

I was just thinking last week that we haven't had a photothread from you in a while. Glad that you're back on track!
Thanks! Yes, I haven't been on as much as I'd like with work and, as a result, I have a ton of photos in backlog. Hopefully I will have posting a few more. Definitely miss checking out what everyone has to showcase!
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I'm now regretting not going out that way when I was in California last summer.
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This is just lovely:
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I'm in a California state of mine right now. I missed this thread when it was originally posted last spring. Nice to see these great little mountain communities!
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So THATs what truckee looks like when it's not buried in snow. I was in truckee a couple of weeks ago arriving just as a snowstorm came through. After the storm cleared an arctic air mass settled in sending temps into -10s.

The gold country is a California gem, an expansive area of winding coniferous mountain highways full of streams and dotted with charming old west towns particularly along CA-49. I missed this thread too I'm glad someone documented some of the lovely scenes this way. Great thread.
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