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It's been more than two weeks since Gov. Jerry Brown has had any substantial exchange with the Capitol press corps, calling reporters to his office to announce he reached a budget deal.

Brown was brief, but he said, "After the budget is passed and signed, we'll go into much greater detail."

The typically talkative governor has kept a lid on ever since, and after announcing appointments and signing legislation this week, Brown and his wife, Anne Gust Brown, left the Capitol today to go hiking in the Sierra.

Brown's spokesman, Gil Duran, said the Browns are expected to remain in the Sierra until sometime next week.

"It's important to have some family time, and to get out of the Capitol and reflect," Duran said.

Brown's office declined to say where the Browns are hiking. Duran did say their dog, Sutter, is not with them.

"He's at an undisclosed location," Duran said.


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