We spent a week in Angel's Camp, Calaveras County - home of the famous frog jumping contest Mark Twain was so smitten with. We had a great time but there were still many things to do which we didn't take time for. In addition to the activities I've described in my journal, the area also offered biking, river rafting on the Stanislaus River, tons more places to hike, and boating on Lake Melones. It really is a great vacation spot and the only place we encountered crowds was at Yosemite.
Oh yeah - there were lots of beautiful golf courses in the area - one adjoined our timeshare resort.