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"I Love You, California" is a short-form podcast where each episode we bring you into the beauty, history, and weirdness of the state of California. Join us each episode for a peek through the redwoods and the fog at a piece of California. I am your host, William Hoffknecht, who was born and raised in the heart of California. Through my travels for work, pleasure, and photography I have visited many of the most famous locations as well as the weird little nooks and crannies in attempts to feel closer to my home. Through this podcast I hope to share a little bit about each landmark, location, natural wonder, person, or idea that made a sort of cultural impact.

"I Love You, California" is a short-form podcast where each episode we bring you into the beauty, history, and weirdness of the state of California. Join us each episode for a peek through the redwoods and the fog at a piece of California. I am your host, William Hoffknecht, who was born and raised in the heart of California. Through my travels for work, pleasure, and photography I have visited many of the most famous locations as well as the weird little nooks and crannies in attempts to feel closer to my home. Through this podcast I hope to share a little bit about each landmark, location, natural wonder, person, or idea that made a sort of cultural impact.
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"I Love You, California" is a short-form podcast where each episode we bring you into the beauty, history, and weirdness of the state of California. Join us each episode for a peek through the redwoods and the fog at a piece of California. I am your host, William Hoffknecht, who was born and raised in the heart of California. Through my travels for work, pleasure, and photography I have visited many of the most famous locations as well as the weird little nooks and crannies in attempts to feel closer to my home. Through this podcast I hope to share a little bit about each landmark, location, natural wonder, person, or idea that made a sort of cultural impact.

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English

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209-761-8565


Episodes

Ep 30 - Portola

6/7/2019
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Last season we went way back, hundreds of years ago and talked a bit about Sir Francis Drake and his legacy along the California shoreline. Today we are going to close out season 2 by talking a bit about another historical figure, still hundreds of years ago but after the time of Drake. In the 1700s the Spanish Empire was looking to expand its reach more into the new land. While they had already landed in areas of South and Central America, there was little foothold going up from Mexico and...

Duration:00:08:49

Ep 29 - Mokelumne City

6/4/2019
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There are many ghost towns in California. As is the case with towns like Bodie, Drawbridge, or Idria, many have buildings spotted around signaling the once active and prosperous town. There was once a ghost town in California that few know much about today. It existed at the meeting point between the Consumnes and the Mokelumne rivers in Central CA, somewhere between Stockton and Sacramento. It was a growing city center with everything looking up for it - so what caused the quick rise and...

Duration:00:08:55

Ep 28 - The Weedpatch Camp

5/25/2019
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After the Louisiana purchase and the Mexican-American War our country found themselves with a lot of land causing the great westward expansion. Many families ended up in the mid-west, states like Oklahoma, where they were given land to farm and ranch and make something that was their own. In the 1930s those families faced one problem after another - first it was the great depression - then it was the Dust Bowl. A series of poor rain seasons left the central part of the countryside thirsty...

Duration:00:07:57

Ep 27 - The California Condor

5/17/2019
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In California we tend to love our symbols and history, our landscapes and natural features, and our native flora and fauna. From our Golden Poppies to our Otters to our Kelp Forests to our Tule Elk, we tend to cherish those who belong here along with us. One of our native creatures was declared extinct in the wild in 1987 when the last few specimen were gatherer in an attempt to save an entire species. The last 22 known animals were collected and raised, housed and bred, and slowly...

Duration:00:06:15

Ep 26 - The Oroville Dam

5/3/2019
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Back in episode 20 we talked some about the Mother Orange Tree of Butte County which used to be located at a bridge crossing the Feather River. That tree was moved and other bridges were built in the area to accommodate a huge engineering and infrastructure project, one of the largest in CA at that time. What we built was a landmark feat that is now recognized as the tallest dam in Butte County, oh...and the tallest dam in California...oh, and the tallest dam in the United States still to...

Duration:00:07:16

Ep 25 - The Watts Towers

4/23/2019
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I have heard them described as ugly or an eyesore. I have also heard them described as a feat of human artistic ingenuity. Whatever you may think of their aesthetics, you cannot but marvel at the feat of creation that you will find when you travel deep into the southern end of Los Angeles to a community known as Watts - where an Italian immigrant who was known locally as Simon decided to build something that took over 33 years to construct.

Duration:00:08:46

Ep 24 - Carmon Neff

4/15/2019
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I grew up originally in Merced CA which meant that we knew and visited people often just over the line in Madera County, in the town of Chowchilla. One time when traveling through the area my father took us outside of town to drive past a small ranch property. This site had all sorts of statues and windmills covering the property, all made out of welded and cut scrap metal. You had dinosaurs and insects, creatures of all shapes and sizes pieced together from old tractor parts, rebar, large...

Duration:00:05:28

Ep 23 - The California Field Atlas

4/1/2019
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One day a year and a half ago or so I was driving home from work and listening to various podcasts as I tend to do and I heard someone raving about a new book they had just received about California natural history. It was a bit odd in that they just gave generalizations, it was a book, talked about California Naturalism, and was just beyond beautiful. Not only that this was on a podcast about pod culture and technology, not the kind of place I expected to hear about such a book. As soon as...

Duration:00:05:31

Ep 22 - The Carrizo Plain

3/27/2019
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If you have grown up in California there is a spectre that has haunted out collective unconscious for many years - and that spectre is the San Andreas Fault line. Many people know it is a thing, know it affects people and public policy here in California, but not as many can tell you exactly where or how it runs. There are signals of the fault line all over California if you know where to look - but there is a great valley in the southern half of the state where the fault line is most...

Duration:00:07:48

Ep 21 - Harold Richardson Redwood Reserve

3/19/2019
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There is a group called the “Save the Redwoods” league that has been active for a hundred years and works for the preservation of coastal sequoia groves up and down the state. Earlier this year they gave us a gift by announcing the purchase of a large chunk of land in Sonoma County. This land has been privately owned by a family for a century who have kept in in pristine and almost completely untouched state. With this purchase the league is working to open up a new park and hopes to have it...

Duration:00:06:57

Ep 20 - The Mother Orange Tree

3/11/2019
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Butte county has a lot of interesting features and sites - as the county covers an area of the north valley as well as the foothills and mountains north of the Sierras. There is a lot of California history in this part of the state but one item is a living relic from a past time that had huge effects on the California economy. We are talking about tree that started in Mexico, purchased in Sacramento, and planted finally in Butte County - in 1856.

Duration:00:06:02

Ep 19 - Moaning Caverns

3/5/2019
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In 1851 when gold miners were working all over the Sierra foothills they heard a sound in the distance - it was described as a “moaning,” which lured people towards the entrance to a cave. While this cave had been known for thousands of years to the indigenous people in the area which they referred to as “Samwel Cave,” the modern explorers referred to it by the sound that they heard. It was rather forgotten about until 1919 when it was re-rediscovered - the people who found it decided to...

Duration:00:06:59

Ep 18 - Point Sur

2/26/2019
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There is a lot of beauty along the Central Coast as you head down the Pacific Coast Highway - leave from the Carmel area south you will pass Point Lobos and head to the undefined area known as “Big Sur.” After you pass over the most photogenic Bixby Creek Bridge you start to see a huge rock off the distance by itself. As you get closer you notice buildings on that rock surrounded by beaches and a large open field - and unfortunately you aren’t allowed to drive in - the area is blocked by...

Duration:00:06:44

Ep 17 - Pulgas Water Temple

2/18/2019
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In 1934, after years of fighting and arguing, San Francisco completed a dam in the Hetch Hetchy Valley - which would feed water through a series of rivers, pumps, and pipelines across the state to the bay area peninsula which would feed water to the city and county of San Francisco. To honor this achievement for the people of the bay the San Francisco Water Department commissioned a structure be built at the end of the line where the water enters the Upper Crystal Springs Reservoir - the...

Duration:00:05:57

Ep 16 - John Muir

2/9/2019
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In 1838, many years before California would become a state, a boy was born in Scotland - the 3rd of 8 kids - it was a rough childhood for someone like him, a restless spirit that would get harsh beatings from his father for spending more time looking at landscapes than reading the bible. When he was 11 his family immigrated from Scotland to a farm in Wisconsin where he grew up, went to school, and eventually college for Chemistry. After traveling to avoid the Civil War and taking any job...

Duration:00:08:48

Ep 15 - The Carson Mansion

9/22/2018
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Eureka CA has a long storied history that is integral to the California story almost as much as Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Yosemite. In 1849 one of the early Gold Rush people to come to California from Canada was a man named William Carson. After making a bit of money in gold Carson, a woodsman by trade, decided to move up north to the Trinity Mountains area to pursue the northern gold rush. In 1950 he felled the first tree in the Humboldt bay area - not long after he went full time into...

Duration:00:10:03

Ep 14 - McKittrick Tar Seeps

9/15/2018
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Kern County is famous for a things - but it was built on the back of oil. This is an area where the oil was easy to access that there are areas where it comes up from ground just by walking on it - where it slowly seeps out onto the surface. There are 5 places in the world where these natural asphalt lakes occur - of those 5, 3 of them are in California - and the one we are talking about today is along Highway 33 and the heart of the area that helped fuel the second industrial boom of our...

Duration:00:10:47

Ep 13 - The Ghost Fleet

9/7/2018
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At the end of the second World War the United States had plenty of extra naval vessels - from cargo ships to tankers to buoy tenders to Liberty Ships to crane ships that were used all over the oceans of the world. We decided at the time that while we didn’t need all of these ships in operation, we needed to retain them in something like a storage somewhere in case we would need anytime in the future. A number of locations across 10 states were selected to park and mothball these vessels. The...

Duration:00:07:54

Ep 12 - Casa de Fruta

8/31/2018
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If you ever find yourself driving down Hwy 152 west out of Merced county you will take what is known as the Pacheco Pass through the Diablo Range. After driving around the grand San Luis Reservoir you will find yourself dropped into a small valley with old oak trees and if you look closely you may see deer or even the occasional bald eagle. Then as you cross into Santa Clara county you will see signs and billboards for fresh fruit, a gas stop, RV parking, a coffee shop, candies, and wine....

Duration:00:07:18

Ep 11 - Emperor Norton I

8/17/2018
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During the Gold Rush era of California History we get a number of big names that can still be found all over San Francisco on signs and landmarks such as Sutro, Levi Strauss, Doubleday, Bernal, and Coit - but there is another character from this time period that is not only still loved and revered for his eccentricities, but lives on in a popular tour route around SF where people dress like him and tell stories of times past. A man who was so unhappy with the governmental and legal systems...

Duration:00:09:48