Up The Road

Series produced by North State Public Radio

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Image by: Kim Weir 

A 4 minute self-contained module; Up the Road is dedicated to sustaining the California story, and to deepening your connection to this unique and amazing place. Each week Up the Road shares stories about the land, its natural history, its people, the lives they have lived, the stories they have told over the centuries, the stories they are creating right now. The stories that keep us all here, that create California’s ecology of home.

If you travel mostly to escape the daily drudge, Up the Road host Kim Weir suggests you think again. Travel matters, every bit as much as other choices you make every day. Which is why Up the Road encourages everyone to travel responsibly. Here in California as elsewhere around the world, responsible travel means appreciating nature, valuing natural resources, respecting and preserving culture and history, and supporting local economies in healthy ways.

Up the Road is dedicated to responsible California travel—to sustaining the California story by deepening your connection to this unusual and surprising place. Each week Up the Road shares stories about the land, its natural history, and its people, the lives they have lived, the stories they have told over the centuries, and the stories they are creating right now. The stories that keep us all here, that create California’s unique ecology of home.

Host Kim Weir is editor and founder of Up the Road, a nonprofit public-interest journalism project dedicated to sustaining the California story. She is also a member of the Society of American Travel Writers, and author of all of the original California “handbooks” put out by Moon Publications, now Avalon Travel. Weir lives in Paradise, California.

Up the Road is a joint production of Up the Road and North State Public Radio, initially produced by Sarah Bohannon. The show is now produced by Matt Fidler and distributed by PRX. Up the Road’s theme song was written and produced by Kirk Williams. Hide full description

If you travel mostly to escape the daily drudge, Up the Road host Kim Weir suggests you think again. Travel matters, every bit as much as other choices you make every day. Which is why Up the Road encourages everyone to travel responsibly. Here in California as elsewhere around the world, responsible travel means appreciating nature, valuing natural resources, respecting and preserving culture and history, and supporting local economies in healthy ways.Up the Road is dedicated to responsible California travel—to sustaining the California story by deepening your connection to this unusual and surprising place. Each week Up the Road shares stories about the land, its natural history, and its people, the lives they have lived, the stories they have told over the centuries, and the... Show full description


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Next time you head north or south, find a way to go via US Route 395 on the Sierra Nevada’s east side—once known as The Three Flags Highway, becaus...

  • Added: Dec 10, 2019
  • Length: 04:00
Caption: Russian Chapel at Fort Ross
We continue looking at unique state parks this week, with a visit to Fort Ross, an outpost of imperial Russia that still stands on American soil. T...

  • Added: Dec 04, 2019
  • Length: 04:00
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We continue our close-up look at some of California’s most unique state parks this week, with a closer look Hearst Castle. There are American castl...

  • Added: Nov 26, 2019
  • Length: 04:00
Caption: Courtesy of wikimedia
We kick off a new occasional series this week, for a closer look at some of California’s marvelous state parks—starting with Hearst Castle, on the ...

  • Added: Nov 20, 2019
  • Length: 04:00
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We continue exploring Southern California’s Channel Islands this week, especially the five islands that make up Channel Islands National Park. The ...

  • Added: Nov 13, 2019
  • Length: 04:00
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We continue exploring Southern California’s Channel Islands this week, preparing to visit to Channel Islands National Park. Collectively considered...

  • Added: Nov 05, 2019
  • Length: 04:00
Caption: Catalina from the Sky
This week we start exploring the Channel Islands just off the southern coast, with a visit to Catalina—regularly inhabited, in recent history, than...

  • Added: Oct 29, 2019
  • Length: 04:00
Caption: Alcatraz Island as seen from the East, Credit: Frank Schulenburg
This week we head up the road to Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay, unofficially known as The Rock, where countless bad guys did their time. Vis...

  • Added: Oct 22, 2019
  • Length: 04:00
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This week we head up the road to Angel Island in San Francisco, now a state park but once a U.S. immigration station popularly known as “Ellis Isla...

  • Added: Oct 15, 2019
  • Length: 04:00
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This week we head up the road to visit the Farallon Islands some 30 miles west of San Francisco Bay’s Golden Gate, the largest U.S. seabird rookery...

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  • Added: Sep 24, 2019
  • Length: 04:00
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Caption: Draft horses got it done—and still get it done, Credit: Bernard Spragg
Are you now, or have you ever been, or have you ever known someone who was, horse crazy? That’s part of my own autobiography. But these days farmer...

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  • Added: Sep 19, 2019
  • Length: 04:00
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Caption: Bigfoot statue in Happy Camp, by artists Cheryl Wainwright of Happy Camp and Ralph Starritt of Yreka., Credit: Photo by Linda JM
These shorter days are perfect for heading up the road. Fewer fellow travelers, fall colors, cooler weather but not yet wet. This week we road-trip...

  • Added: Sep 10, 2019
  • Length: 04:00
Caption: State of Jefferson Map
Not sure how it happened, again, but summer is over and school days are upon us. On the plus side, fall is perfect time for road-tripping in Northe...

  • Added: Sep 05, 2019
  • Length: 04:00
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It’s still August, still hot, and we’re still searching for cool. We head up the road this week to Mount Shasta and vicinity. When it’s hot, Reddin...

  • Added: Aug 30, 2019
  • Length: 04:00
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It’s still hot out there, so we head up the road searching for cool. To the mountains this time—lonely Lassen Volcanic National Park, just too far ...

  • Added: Aug 20, 2019
  • Length: 03:59
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It’s August and getting hot out there, so we head up the road again this week in search of natural air conditioning along with sublime scenery. Tha...

  • Added: Aug 14, 2019
  • Length: 04:00
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It’s August, hot. The dog days of summer. We head up the road this week in search of natural air conditioning, starting with the coast. The redwood...

  • Added: Aug 06, 2019
  • Length: 04:00
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We head up the road this week to endorse travel that’s not about you. Yes, this is an age of narcissism, and hardly the first. Nazi Germany is the ...

  • Added: Jul 31, 2019
  • Length: 04:00
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We head up the road this week to consider the value of traveling close to home, another of Up the Road’s priorities. Eating local and buying local ...

  • Added: Jul 23, 2019
  • Length: 04:00
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This week we continue reviewing the principles behind Up the Road, both philosophical journey and actual travel guide, because don’t we want to tra...

  • Added: Jul 16, 2019
  • Length: 04:00