April Showers, Wildflowers and Tasty Treats

It’s the first full month of spring, and we are celebrating the beauty of the season and the bounty of our planet.   Let the elements touch your senses with a fun filled month of wildflowers, bike rides, and star gazing! Read on and start making plans.

Mr. Frog's Wild Ride
Mr. Frog’s Wild Ride

April 18 is the annual Mr. Frog’s Wild Ride, a magical springtime cycling tour through Calaveras County that doubles as a fundraiser for Feeney Park in Murphys, a 15 acre community sports and recreation facility featuring a skate park, disc golf course, outdoor amphitheater, picnic areas and playing fields.  Choose from a 50k or 100k ride with SAG support and plenty of snack stops along the way. A barbecue and finish party – with an included massage – make a great way to celebrate a great ride. This year’s route will showcase the southwestern end of the county with the poppy-studded hillsides of New Melones and the majestic oaks along Red Hill Road.   Full details and registration information is now online at

Mr Frog’s Wild Ride
April 17, 7:30am – 5:00pm
Feeney Park, Murphys CA 95247
Price: $50/50k $60/100k
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Wildflower Train Rides at Railtown 1897
Wildflower Train Rides at Railtown 1897

For only two Saturdays and two Sundays this April you can hop aboard the Wildflower Train at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown. Prior to boarding, you’ll have the chance to familiarize yourself with the local wildflower population. Then on the train, naturalists will be on hand to answer questions and point out wildflower groupings along the way.

Wildflower Train Rides
April 10, 11, 17, & 18, 2021
Railtown 1897 State Historic Park
Corner of 5th Ave. & Reservoir Road, Jamestown, CA 95327
Click here for tickets and details

Click here for more ideas of when and where to see the wildflowers in Calaveras County.

Stories in Stones
Pam and Russ Shoemaker, Stories in Stones

Stroll Through the Past. Come relive the 49er gold rush at the Angels Camp Museum at 753 South Main Street open Thursday through Sunday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. See one of the largest covered wagon and stagecoach collections in the country that is open to the public. Located where the Angels Mine used to be, the museum still has the mine’s overshot wheel standing in its original location.

Stroll through historic downtown Angels Camp to peek into the cute, one-of-a-kind shops. Check out the Hop-of-Fame of all the Frog Jump winners dating back to, well…Dan’l Webster. His plaque is placed in front of the old Angels Hotel now where a young Mark Twain heard the story of the Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. Grab lunch at the Pickled Porch or Cascabel then step into Yummy Hah-Ha ice cream shop or the Lemon Tree Bakery for a sweet delight! If you want have a pitcher of Sangria with a pizza or panini lunch or dinner, check out Vino Metate Cafe open Saturdays 12–7 and Sundays 11–5.

Salt Spring School, Jack Forkner
The Milky Way over Salt Spring School, Copperopolis, by Jack Forkner

April showers.
One thing you notice when you look up at the sky at night here in the mountains is that there sure seem to be a lot more stars and for star-gazers the night sky in Calaveras does not disappoint. Plan to see plenty of stars this month as the Lyrids meteor shower occurs April 15-23, and peaks around April 21st and the morning of the 22nd. Find a comfortable spot, take a blanket and plan to watch the action overhead.

For more ideas on what to see and do in Calaveras County, give us a call at 209-736-0049.  We would love to hear from you.  See you soon!