From the Editor
Through the work of many talented writers and photographers, every issue of Central Sierra Seasons magazine magically weaves together to bring you opportunities for new discoveries.
Life is a series of new journeys, and we hope you’ll find the paths less traveled to make your life or your visit in the Central Sierra even more memorable.
In this issue you’ll learn about a couple of fresh new trail systems in progress, made possible by passionate volunteers and community support. Wine columnist, Tom Bender, puts his wine glass down and boards his bicycle to take you on vineyard backroad bike tours. Bonnie Miller shows us where artisan pizzas can be had, as well as how to custom create a masterpiece in your own backyard. She also takes us on an historical journey through the Golden Chain Highway while Bob Holton tours Calaveras museums.
On the green side, Master Gardener Erin Pollen shows us how to collect rain water to feed our gardens, just one way we can support water saving through yet another drought year.
And Mark Stoltenberg takes us on a different kind of journey, through the Big Trees, as told through the fictional Chance family, with strong ties to non-fictional times.
As editor of Central Sierra Seasons, I have to admit that this is my favorite job of all time. I get to create a theme, work with amazing artists and the Seasons team, then witness as Don Hukari, publisher and graphic artist extraordinaire, weaves it all together.
But the best part is that the end product lives on, in your hands, on the road and beyond.
Jan Hovey, Editor