May 9, 2010 |
THE BEST WAY TO ANGELS CAMP From LAX, nonstop service to Sacramento is available on United and Southwest. Connecting service (change of planes) is offered on Delta and U.S. Airways. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $202. Angels Camp is about 345 miles north of Los Angeles. To drive, take Interstate 5 north to California 99 north to Stockton, then take California 4 east to Angels Camp. WHERE TO EAT Angels Camp Mercantile & Cafe, 1267 S. Main St.; (209)
May 9, 2010 |
Los Angeles and this tiny Gold Rush town share the same "City of Angels" nickname, and the similarities don't end there. Just as Hollywood honors its celebrities with a star on the Walk of Fame, Angels Camp gives the same treatment to its best frog jumpers ? make that frog jockeys ? with a spot on Main Street's Frog Hop of Fame. Frogs are ubiquitous in this Calaveras County town, which bills itself as "Home of the Jumping Frog. " The amphibian's image can be found on trash cans, billboards and just about everything in between.
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March 17, 2010 |
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday designated 1.6 million acres in California as critical habitat for the endangered red-legged frog, made famous by Mark Twain in his story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County." The amphibian, once so plentiful that it was commonly featured on restaurant menus, eventually became endangered because of development encroaching on its habitat and the effects of pesticides and other chemicals. The habitat area is divided into 50 units across 27 California counties, including six counties that previously did not have designated critical habitat: Mendocino, Sonoma, Placer, Calaveras, Stanislaus and Kings.
March 15, 2009 |
Forget green beer this year. In this grape-rich Calaveras County hamlet, they'll be celebrating with green wine. Not surprisingly, a town with a name like Murphys takes St. Patrick's celebrations pretty seriously. Tucked away in the rolling Sierra Nevada foothills west of Yosemite National Park, it is holding its annual Irish Day bash, on Saturday, featuring a parade, food, music and plenty of sipping.
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May 17, 2008 |
Three people attending the annual fair celebrating the popular Calaveras County jumping-frog contest were seriously hurt Friday when a carnival ride collapsed. Fourteen other riders suffered minor injuries, said Dennis Townsend, a chief in the Calaveras County unit of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention. The three most seriously injured riders were being airlifted to area hospitals, he said. Townsend said they were hurt when a type of swing ride collapsed shortly after 6 p.m. Friday.
December 16, 2007 |
Deep under the wooded hills of Calaveras County -- in the belly of one of the state's largest caves -- I worm my way through a rocky slot that our cavern tour guide calls the "pancake." It's a rectangular gap, 3 feet wide by about 18 inches tall. Imagine the space under a Volkswagen Beetle. To squeeze through, I lie on my back, raise my arms over my head and push through with my legs. My headlamp shoots a beam into a darkness so heavy I can almost feel it wrap around me. The air smells of mud.