Have you been to Malakoff Diggins State Park? I often tell people that taking a hike on the loop trail is like visiting the moon as you have the opportunity to see California’s largest hydraulic mine and the lasting effects of the environment. The mining led to California’s first environmental protection by the federal court in 1884. The park visitor center/museum officially opens April 1st, but self guided tours are available sunrise to sunset. You can get a tour of the historic North Bloomfield town at 1:30pm during the summer spring and summer season. Plus, mark your calendars for the the upcoming 50th annual Malakoff Diggins Humbug Days on Saturday, June 13th from 11am – 4pm. Humbug Days features living history, crafts, games, wagon rides, bbq picnic, gold panning, candle making, tin punching, a parade and hydraulic water cannon demos. Click here for more information about upcoming events. The drive to the state park takes about 25 minutes from downtown Nevada City. Many thanks to local photographer Kris Holland for his images of the park, he came to my blogging meetup and accepted my challenge to showcase some of his non-wedding related work, check out his Instagram feed for more photos. Have you beien out to Malakoff Diggins? Feel free to share a comment and your favorite part of the park. And the winner of the Gray Goose giveaway is Aidan.