Forest City, CA: A Ghost Town Renaissance


While trying to sell me on the idea of buying a house in Forest City, 62 miles north of Auburn on Highway 49, my friend Ruedy paused and commented to his friends, “She’s got short hair so it’s not a problem.”  Responding to the quizzical look on my face, he explained that the particular house …

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Tepui Tents Expedition Series Duffel and Tool Case Review


Though the act of cycling itself is a fairly pure and simple exercise, mountain bikers tend to find themselves owning a fair amount of gear to support the habit. A typical trip to the trailhead will have riders piling their riding accoutrements into their car with the hope that everything that’s needed for for the session …

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Over a Beer: What Kind of Life Do You Want to Live?

Choosing to live in a small mountain town like Salida, CO requires a serious meta-level decision about the type of life that you want to lead.
(Rider: Marcel Slootheer. Dog: Ezra. Photo: Greg Heil.)

Editor’s Note: “Over a Beer” is a regular column written by Greg Heil. While Greg is the Editor in Chief for, any opinions expressed in this column are his alone and do not necessarily represent the opinions of At the end of every calendar year, many people look back on the previous 12 months and reflect …

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