Author Archives: Doctor Quack

About Doctor Quack

Just another bonehead with an internet connection.

Mojave Desert

I remember when I was a college student in Los Angeles looking at a map, and seeing a mere centimeter away the vast and sharply contrasted Mojave Desert, marked cleanly by a western point in the Antelope Valley, and spreading … Continue reading

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A Great Northeastern Land

Somewhere beyond the Sacramento Valley, north of Lake Tahoe, exists a remote mountainous land of lakes and valleys, where the Sierras converge on the Cascades. People often come here often for glimpses of geothermal activity at Lassen Volcanic National Park … Continue reading

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Lake County

This past weekend brought me to Lake County, California, where my initial reaction upon arrival was: What the hell is a lake doing down there? That there is Clear Lake, so named for its greenish hue.  Clear Lake, the centerpiece … Continue reading

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Rugged Southern California

It’s a shame that Southern California is known almost exclusively for beaches and movie stars.  That region of the state has so much diverse ecology and landscape, it’s no wonder they decided to put the film industry there.  You need … Continue reading

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The other side of Los Angeles County

There is a lot I could say about Los Angeles County:  It is the most populous county in the country.  It contains the City of Los Angeles.  It has the highest total number of movie stars and movie star wannabes … Continue reading

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San Benito County

San Benito County might be the prettiest county nobody ever goes to. Somehow, San Benito County is one of those rare coastal counties you can almost entirely avoid on any drive between San Francisco and Los Angeles.  Few people live … Continue reading

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Sierra Steppe (and Yosemite)

One geographical feature of California that has always fascinated me: the Sierra Steppe. As far as I know, there is no accepted name for the large expanse of grassland between the Central Valley and the Sierra Foothills.  Perhaps it exists … Continue reading

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