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California’s resurgent waterfalls
For years, California’s “unforgiving” drought “shrunk once-rushing waterfalls to thin streams,” said Sammy Caiola in The Sacramento Bee. But after record winter snowfall in the northern Sierra Nevada, the region’s falls are “looking fuller and more photogenic than ever.” Some dwindle before July, so now’s the time to see them at full gush. Breathtaking falls are scattered throughout the El Dorado and Tahoe national forests: The 500-foot-high Grouse Falls lies at the end of a half-mile-long path, while 3-mile-long Pyramid Creek Trail provides stunning views of crashing Horsetail Falls. Short walks in the Auburn State Recreation Area will bring you to Canyon Creek Falls, Devil’s Falls, and the 500-foot Knickerbocker Falls, “the most spectacular waterfall in the park.” You can combine your waterfall viewing with a beach trip at Alamere Falls, 35 miles north of San Francisco, where water plunges 30 feet off a cliff before splashing onto the sand.
Wisconsin’s Frank Lloyd Wright Trail
To understand Frank Lloyd Wright, visit his home state, said Lori Rackl in the Chicago Tribune. The pioneer of organic architecture was born in Richland Center in southwestern Wisconsin in 1867, and the influence of the surrounding lush farmland and the dramatic limestone bluffs of the Driftless Area courses through his work. To celebrate his 150th birthday, the Badger State has created a 200-mile driving tour that connects nine key Wright sights. The “crown jewel” is Taliesin—“the home, studio, and school that sports designs from almost every decade of his life.” Another highlight is SC Johnson’s headquarters in Racine. Its slender, Wright-designed 15-story Research Tower is “the vertical yin to the horizontal yang of the stunning Administration Building,” where 43 miles of Pyrex tubes serve as windows and let light flood into the open workspace. When the building opened in 1939, it “must have looked like something out of a sci-fimovie.”