Predicting Earthquakes

Earthquakes are unpredictable and often very deadly.  So how could one predict those events to help save lives?  This man says he has a way that’s been proven effective…

Another Old Faithful

Old Faithful geyser is in Yellowstone National Park.  Well, one of the nation’s “old faithfuls” is in the park, the other is owned by this man who has quite a story…

Sutter and the 49ers

It was all quite by accident.  A mechanic installing a water powered sawmill discovered gold in the process.  But the man you may have thought would get the richest, left the state and many say he died poor…

The Bear Flag Republic

You may know the state of California’s flag has a bear on it.  But did you know that before it was a state, some knew it as the Bear Flag Republic?

Illegal Americans in Mexico?

California had an immigration problem.  There were simply too many Americans coming to Mexico illegally.  Sounds strange today, but that’s what happened when this man came to California…

John Sutter

If it were not for this Captain of the Swiss Guard, the history of California might be much different.  Never mind the fact he was never in the Swiss Guard and he abandoned his wife and kids for 15 years to make it all happen…

Inventing a New Persona

The right title can open doors sometimes closed to an average person.  So what do you do if you don’t have the best name?  Just make it up of course…

California or Bust!

He had California on his mind but he had a lot of trouble getting there.  It was an adventure that would take just about everywhere but that state-to-be…

Misery Among Beauty

AMC_Brazil2016This island has some of the best views of San Francisco Bay and the city itself…yet most people didn’t want to live here. It’s a unique story of misery among beauty…

The Story of One Very Famous Rock

AMC_Brazil2016At one time it was one of the nation’s most important forts…but that’s not how people would know it today…

Living in Death Valley

AMC_Brazil2016Very few people have attempted to live inside Death Valley National Park, but one that did built one of the grandest castles in the world…

The 20 Mule Team

AMC_Brazil2016Some of you might remember 20 mule team borax and the old episodes of the Death Valley TV show.  Today we head to the place were those stories were true-to-life…

How Death Valley Earned Its Name

AMC_Brazil2016Because Death Valley is such a difficult environment to support plant and animal life…most suppose that is how it earned its name.  In reality, the name is tied to one specific family…

A Place of Beauty and Danger

AMC_Brazil2016On the border of California and Nevada you will find a place that has daunted countless travelers for the past 150 years.  Whether they attempted to cross by wagon train or in today’s automobiles…it’s still a place with beauty, intrigue and danger...

The Salton Sea

FJ Alaska Banner AdIt’s a lake with an elevation of over 200 feet below sea level.  It’s also a body of water with no outlet and the largest lake in the state of California…

The Largest Lake In California

FJ Alaska Banner AdIt’s the largest lake in California.  So large, in fact, it’s called a sea.  You couldn’t find this lake on a map at the beginning of the 20th Century…

The Life of a Winemaker

Just as a chef might experiment with many ingredients to find the perfect dish, a winemaker works with a multitude of factors to create the best product from their grapes…

A Unique California Vineyard

The state of California has great diversity in its agriculture.  Part of that industry is it’s thriving vineyards and wineries…

Hot Zone Falconry

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014Farmers might contract with someone to spray for weeds, fertilize the soil or harvest a crop.  Some farmers even contract for a company to come fly falcons around the field.  We take flight with a unique ag business…

The Problem with Birds for a Crop

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014There are many challenges to growing a crop.  Poor weather, weeds, and disease are just a few.  We often don’t think of birds as a potential problem, but here, the birds can destroy a crop in just minutes.  What’s a farmer to do?