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Dinosaurs at the Zoo

The Sacramento Zoo has long been the place we journey to catch glimpses of our favorite animals—from bright, bold and winged to slimy and green to furry. In October, the zoo launched a new...
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A Rolling Adventure

During a year of closures and business shutdowns, a new outdoor venture quietly launched in June 2020. The River Fox Train took advantage of people’s increased desire to get outdoors and launched an activity...
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Pay Phones

Pay phones—defunct, often crumbling, not-in-service. Some have become their own forms of artwork covered in stickers and graffiti, often politically charged. Others remain as relics in their communities, outfitted as a nod to the...
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LGBT Center Opens in South Sac

Sexual health services with a civic mission—that’s the goal of Marsha P. Johnson Center South, the Sacramento LGBT Community Center’s new location in South Sacramento, which opened in June. “The new center was built...
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Sarah Steffens, Chef for Hire

If you’ve ever flipped through a Whole30 or Primal Kitchen cookbook, you may have stumbled across one of Sarah Steffens’ photographs. As a recipe developer, food stylist and photographer, Steffens often shoots photos for...
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RV Travel

The secret is out: RVs are the way to travel in a pandemic world. In 2020, RV sales across the country skyrocketed as individuals, couples and families found a way to explore while following...
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Sierra Hike: Jones Creek Loop Trail

Galena Forest is a heavily wooded area in Reno, and Galena Creek Regional Park (which also offers camping and a visitors center that hosts events and offers educational programming) includes the Jones Creek Loop...
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Sierra Hike: Eagle Lake Trail

There are several big draws to this moderate hiking trail located near Tahoma on Tahoe’s North Shore. For one thing, a staircase of Instagram-worthy stone steps offers a steep ascent to flowing waterfalls before...
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Sierra Hike: Hunter Creek Falls

It’s hard to imagine a 30-foot waterfall smack in the middle of Reno, but hidden in the northern part of the city, Hunter Creek offers just that. The heavily trafficked trail gets a lot...
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Sierra Hike: Donner Railroad Tunnels

Ready to mix urban art with your outdoor excursion? The tunnels at Donner Creek are famous for housing colorful graffiti. To get there, take the road upward from Donner Lake toward the observation point....