So I was thinking about my anniversary with my wife Lyndsey, I had to take a lot of things in to consideration. For one, we have two beautiful girls staying at Grandma's house so we couldn't be too far away from home. We also had to make sure we would be comfortable and not overwhelmed by the dead heat of summer.
Located less than an hour away from Sacramento (home), we knew Coloma Resort would be worth checking out. We had heard they have a pretty remarkable ropes course on site that our girls would love so we wanted to check that out.
Sherry, the manager of Coloma Resort, was awesome and put us up in a cabin right on the south fork of the American river. The decor in the cabins were very rustic and Western influenced with a type of charm we found very welcoming. The cabins looked modern and well kept, surrounded by trees and well groomed landscaping.
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The staff there was very accommodating and took the time to get us everything we needed. After we got settled, we bought some local prize-winning El Dorado County wine at the General Store on site and had a candle lite dinner overlooking the river. It was quaint, sweet and the perfect place I would want to spend the evening with my wife.
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As we looked around, we saw that they were right next to the Trouble Maker Rapids where they offer half and full day trips for whitewater rafting! We settled for the on site pool this time, but next time (when we're up for a challenge) that would definitely be something we would want to look in to.
If we would have had more time, we would have loved to check out the Marshall Gold Discovery State Park. Marielle Faieta, the owner, told us all about it! It's right down the street and it's where the gold rush first began in California. It's chalked full of land marks, artifacts and working black smiths to give you a hands on experience.
We'll have to plan another trip for that too!
I think next time, we'll bring our girls and tent camp right along the river. And I'll bring my fishing pole since the tent sites are so close to the water, I can literally fish from inside my tent. Either way, I know with the friendly staff at Coloma Resort and the beautiful weather and surroundings, I would come back here any chance I get!
A special thanks to our clients Marielle, Sherry, Nicole and the whole staff for the wonderful hospitality.
You really made my anniversary something we'll always remember!
If you’re like me, you went from learning how to walk to figuring out how to climb. And when you got your balance down pat, it was time to start jumping off of those things that you had just learned to climb. You started small with couches and chairs, and by the time you’re a teenager, you had moved on to bigger and better things to jump off of… like rocks!
There is something about a hot day, a big (or small) rock and cold lake water that is just irresistible! Swimming is nice but jumping off rocks into the water is SO MUCH MORE FUN!!! Of course there is the safety element, making sure the water is deep enough, looking for rocks that might be hidden below the surface, etc. But once those formalities are out of the way… Game on!!!
Over the river and through the woods to… Lake Almanor we went!!!
The road to Lake Almanor is quite the white knuckle drive, as you serpentine up through the mountains then down through the Feather River valley on narrow and curvy Highway 70. It must be said though that the drive is stunningly beautiful, however, when it is hot and you have a child in the back seat that gets car sick you’re not exactly enjoying the beauty!
Just think back if you can to that day in the dorm room (or maybe three or four days after) when Facebook only had 900 users. It was a great achievement then to get that kind of traction and acceptance of an online community. Well look where that went!
Today the myCampmate community just went over 900 mates! Compared to Facebook, Google+ and Foursquare, we know it’s a flea on a dog. However, for this budding trip based social community it is a great achievement. The number of trips that are being created, planned and built all across the United States is growing rapidly and amazing to see!