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    Total Escape is about no corporate America crap & no big time investors! Documenting all the cool places in California - it's the wildest idea since trekking across the entire country in search of gold.

    Total Escape is about educating adventure seekers on their lands, the environment, exploring dirt back roads, discovering good camping practices & finding unique destinations in California. Spend any amount of serious time digging thru our pages & thousands of digital photographs on this web site & you will soon know that this stuff takes a great deal of time to find, research & publish. Thanks for following. I promise I will not get you lost, unless you want to be!

    Outdoors in California, Spring Wildflowers Camping Dirt Road



    Total Escape is California, off the beaten path

    California has rivers flowing and reservoirs filling. Get outside now, before the heat of summer begins, and find that perfect tent spot.

    Wildflowers are blooming all over the state, which means camping season is here. River canyons of Gold Country and Sierra Canyon Wildflowers are happening now; expect mountain flora in early summer, and high-country blooms in mid to late summer. The higher the altitude, the later the blooms.

    DanaMite has also been documenting recent fires on out public lands. See the areas affected by wildfires.


    Rural California Directory: Now that you've found this independent California resource, you can discover more local destinations online. Find your own rural place, a home way up in the hills, or just a good camp spot for the night. Discover that perfect desert spot for winter camping, petroglyphs, or the best small town museums. We list it here, all outdoors, all local. Travel the back roads of the west, on the cheap. Camp year round, without the fees, from Baja to Shasta. Find secluded spots. Historic, independent inns to remote yurt resorts, yoga weekends to primitive hot springs, RV resorts, or dispersed camp sites. Hiking trails, kayaking lakes, fishing streams, gold mines and ghost towns, and all the topographic maps to go with.

    California Wildflowers

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    We're still here, thousands of pages and decades later. Way outside the city limits, beyond the county line. No wifi, no smart meters, no gaming addictions, no traffic lights, no city noise. Rural living in California still exist. Hike on the weekends, bike to work, boating mid-week, we have you covered for destinations. Find a new boulder garden, a big waterfall, trailhead or an ancient lava cave. Total Escape - Two whole decades online. Not quite obsolete.

    Craving the Wild? Before the tweets, the constant memes and paralysis of our current culture, DanaMite started this travel web site way back in 1996. Catchy phrases like, FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) did not yet exist.

    Total Escape features abundant real photos of real places. Secluded destinations, camping and lodging, examining the best back roads, side routes, the topo maps (to get you out there). Locals-only travel tips, gear reviews, festivals and events. This unique travel site is updated every month, for the past 25 years!

    Juicy content specific only to California. Focusing on outdoor destinations, small towns and budget-minded travel since 1996, we've recreated the weekend getaway - without the crowds. Escape the matrix, the city life, the traffic jams and learn how to avoid the tourist traps. Drive on past the factory outlet malls and the water slides, we've got much more to show you. Way out there, on the back roads, and in the backcountry.

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