Blow your top
It would be fascinating to hike up Mount Vesuvius, if only to boast that you hiked up an active volcano. Sure, it could threaten your existence at any moment, but that’s adventure—for crazy people. Luckily, noncrazy hikers can scratch their “hike a volcano” itch by scaling a dormant one in the Sutter Buttes. The Ridge Walker Delight hike is a six-hour excursion to the center of the Sutter Butte volcano, complete with breathtaking views and instruction on the geology, biology and history of the area on Sunday, January 17, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The hike is $35 for Yuba Historical Society members and $45 for nonmembers. To register and get directions, call (530) 846-3024 or visit www.yubahistory.com.