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Hiking to Hite Cove

Hite Cove is famous for the spring poppy display but this year is a little different. I hadn’t heard any good reports on the wildflowers in Hite Cove area and was very curious how our winter’s crazy weather was affecting them. We had a couple of surprises. One was the trail condition and the other was the diversity of types ...

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Escape to Death Valley: The Mountains, Canyons and Dunes

We had headed over for the “Superbloom” but how can you not go to Death Valley and see more? Rugged, wildly colored canyons and mountains where miners seeked their fortunes and lonely sand dunes called to us to explore them. Many wonderful books have been written about Death Valley and I am not about to attempt to do that in this blog, ...

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Escape to Death Valley: The Superbloom

El Nino has helped create a “superbloom” of wildflowers in Death Valley. About every 10 years or so this rare event takes place and doesn’t last too long. I couldn’t wait to get over there and experience those yellow, pink and purple wildflowers for myself. Death Valley’s average annual rainfall is 2 inches a year, and sometimes, it gets no rain ...

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Hiking With Raven and Sally Along Eastman Lake

Not all hiking trips go as planned and this is one of our doozies and it was all my fault. We chose this hike to check out the wildflowers at Eastman Lake and had heard that the eagles were flying there. That would be so cool to see an eagle! Distance: 8 Miles Difficulty: Easy to Moderate, depending on how ...

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Hiking Along the Merced Wild and Scenic River with Mom

Mom and I headed up out of Briceburg to see if those poppies were blooming along the Merced River. They were, along with many other wildflowers. Distance: 6.34 Miles, but you can go shorter or longer Difficulty: Easy Elevation Range: 1,086′ to 1,207′ Date: February 21, 2016 Maps: Bear Valley and Buckingham Mountain Topographic Maps I headed up Hwy 140 to ...

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Hiking the Pa’san Ridge Trail

Poppies and other colorful wildflowers were starting to come alive with our recent warm spell and we couldn’t wait to see if we could spot some. I just love poppies! Where: BLM, San Joaquin River Gorge Special Recreation Management Area Distance: 7.72 Miles Difficulty: Easy to Moderate, depending on how far you go Elevation Range: 636′ to 1,861′ Date: February 15, ...

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Hiking From Yosemite Valley up the Snow Creek Trail

We got a real workout on the toughest trail out of the Yosemite Valley and were rewarded with amazing views of Clouds Rest and Half Dome that you can see no other way. Not all hikes go as planned and this one definitely fell in that category. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: About 11 Miles Difficulty: Strenuous Elevation Range: 3,972 – ...

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Hiking to Stevenson Falls

Hiking along the San Joaquin River Gorge to this awesome 500 foot cascading waterfall is always full of beautiful views and we had a few surprises along the way, including the first poppies of the year. Where: Sierra National Forest Distance: About 14 Miles (About 6 miles rt to the falls) Dificulty: Moderate Elevation Range: 1,935′ to 2,387′ Date: February 3, ...

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Snowshoe the Merced Crest 2016

Four of us piled in my rig and we headed up for our toughest snowshoe adventure this year, full of fresh snow. The Merced Crest is famous for the spectacular views of the high country to the east. We started our adventure with beautiful blue sky with a few clouds and we had a few surprises along the way. Where: ...

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Escape to Moss Landing

I have a personal goal of trying to have at least one adventure each week. Sometimes the adventures are big ones and sometimes they are pretty small ones, but they are adventures. The recent wet weather had me daydreaming about an adventure over at the coast and I had been watching for a break in the weather to escape. We ...

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