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The colorful van winding its way through Plumas County last week took two women a little off the beaten path.
And that’s just the way that Nicole DeJonghe and Brittany Todd wanted it as they made a six-day trek for Sierra Nevada Geotourism, in association with National Geographic.
The women, Sierra Business Council employees, posted photos and bits of information about “off the beaten path” places as they wound their way through the Sierra Nevada.
Day two, Oct. 7, brought them through the Feather River Canyon to the Heart K Ranch and Young’s Market in Taylorsville, Ada’s Place and Carey Candy Co. in Quincy and The Brewing Lair outside of Graeagle.
The women ended their day at the Sierraville Hot Springs before venturing on to Truckee the next morning.
During their time in Quincy, they stopped to take photos in front of a vivid red tree on Lee Way and talked about their trip.
DeJonghe said that they would be driving through 22 counties, looking for out-of-the-way places to highlight on their website, sierranevadageotourism.org, and also on their Facebook page.
There is a printed map, produced in conjunction with National Geographic, but it can’t be updated quickly enough to satisfy the ladies.
“We want to get sites on the Web and on mobile devices that are nominated by locals,” DeJonghe said. “There are currently 1,600 unique places listed.”
As the women traveled, they posted requests for information, such as where to buy a morning coffee, and then followed the suggestions made by locals.
Their flowered blue van came equipped with a mini fridge and stovetop. They ate out in some places and cooked local foods in others.
Two days into their trip, they were clearly relishing the experience.
They said they were amazed by the beauty of the Feather River Canyon and enjoyed their stops at the Heart K Ranch and Young’s Market in Taylorsville.
At Young’s, the women visited with store owner Kelly Tan and “the porch guys” and also stocked up on sausages and other foods for their trip.
In Quincy, a visit to Carey Candy Co. brought dessert, where owner Amy Carey introduced them to her popular “caramel sea salt flats.”
“They looked like they were having a lot of fun,” Carey said of their visit.
After lunch and dessert, it was on to The Brewing Lair near Graeagle, where the ladies could try locally produced beer, warm themselves by a fire and listen to cowboy poetry.
They were accompanied throughout the day by members of the Plumas County Tourism Council, and then met up with other locals promoting tourism and economic development at The Brewing Lair, including representatives of Lost Sierra Rec & Tech, The Graeagle Plumas Alliance and TRAC (Trails for Recreation and Community).
The public can view photos and comments about the trip at sierranevadageotourism.org and on their Facebook page.
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