Dictionaries will tell you that an expedition is a purpose-driven journey, and the term brings to mind epic voyages to new lands:

  • The earliest days of exploration when not-yet-charted territories were mapped with the warning “Here Be Dragons”
  • The first romanticizing of “Out West” when Lewis, Clark & the rest of the Corps of Discovery made their overland journey to the Pacific Ocean
  • The race to the Poles
  • The quest for the top of the world, and Edmund Hillary’s first successful summit of Mount Everest

We’re explorers of a different sort. Our expeditions are road trips, and our territory is the Sierra Nevada: Yosemite, Tahoe, Sequoia/Kings Canyon, Gold Country, the Lost Sierra and all points in between.

TerraNovaSierra is our tribute to the mountains we find magnetic and others who fell under their spell.

  • Northern Sierra
  • Gold Country
  • Nevada City
  • Grass Valley
  • Auburn
  • Georgetown
  • Foresthill
  • Coloma
  • Placerville
  • Murphys
  • Yosemite
  • Groveland
  • Oakhurst
  • Lake Tahoe
  • Truckee
  • East Side
  • Bridgeport
  • Bodie
  • Lee Vining
  • June Lake
  • Mammoth Lakes
  • Independence
  • Bishop
  • Big Pine
  • Lone Pine
  • Sequoia Kings Canyon

Lure of the Land

The tallest mountain, highest waterfall, deepest canyon, biggest living things on earth. The Sierra has a lot to boast about.


A Timeline

Geology, explorers, national parks, climbers and a cast of fascinating characters. A chronology of the Sierra's stories.


An Explorers Register

Sierra Remarkables Who've Blazed Trails



The Phantom of the Opera himself – Lon Chaney – had a High Sierra retreat near the Palisades.