Author: Rick Barlupi

National YO-YO Museum – Chico, Ca

by Rick Barlupi The museum has the largest public display of trophies, photos, and yo-yos from the 1920’s.  Located inside the retail store Bird in Hand, 320 Broadway Street, downtown historic Chico, the museum is free to tour and home to the largest yo-yo at 50 inches tall and 256 lbs.  Big-Yo made it into the 1982 Guinness Book of World Records claiming the title of ‘World’s Biggest Working Wooden Yo-Yo.’ The National Yo-Yo Contest celebrates its 25th anniversary on October 6, 7, & 8 at the Center for the Arts, a large indoor stage venue located at Pleasant...

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Nakoma Golf Resort – The Dragon

By Rick Barlupi Photos by Rick Barlup & Nakoma Resort In 1923, Frank Lloyd Wright conceived Nakoma’s stunning clubhouse design.  Nakoma is a Chippewa word which means “I do as I promise.” It took six years to adapt the drawings to a full set of plans, obtain permits and construct the building, with a dedication ceremony held in 2001. It took three years to complete the golf course designed by Robin Nelson of Mill Valley, California, who also designed the famous Dunes at Mauna Lani on the Big Island of Hawaii.  The owners of Nakoma, at that time, wanted...

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A Hike To Table Rock, The Greatest View

Story by Rick Barlupi Photos by Rick Barlupi & Chico Oroville Outdoor Adventurers Table Rock is a volcanic tooth in the Sierra Nevada, Plumas National Forest, and the epicenter of the 1849 California Gold Rush.  1849 Gold Rush miners from nearby Howland Flat shot fireworks off the top of Table Rock on the 4th of July and chiseled their names on the rocks, which remain today. From the trailhead the hike is an hour and a half and rated moderate by the US Forest Service, elevation change 6100 feet to 6908 feet.  The first mile of the hike is easy; most...

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Oroville, Then & Now

A Walk Through The History Of  Oroville If you’re looking for a weekend getaway that will include a scenic drive down beautiful Feather River Canyon, think about visiting a few intriguing museums of Northern California located in Oroville, Butte County.  The first time I visited Oroville’s most unique and desired destinations was 1991.  I have returned on many occasions and suggest spending your time at only the best three attractions.  And, if kids are along for the journey, they will definitely enjoy them the most. Beginning at Highway 70 and Montgomery Street, turn left and head east. Travel a...

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Welcome To Lake Almanor West Golf Course

LAKE ALMANOR WEST GOLF COURSE – A gorgeous setting that awaits your arrival BY Rick Barlupi July 2009     Have you ever wished you could find a golf course that was as challenging as it was beautiful, yet playable to all of your abilities?  If so, then this course will interest you.  My guess is that first-time visitors to L.A.W. will say “wow” many times during their round.  The course maintenance is impressive; it is in top-notch condition from day one of the season. You will get the rare treat of walking down the lush fairways within sight...

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