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Adventures with Candace

About Candace Gregory

Candace is sure enjoying her retirement life. Enjoying the outdoors, hiking Yosemite National Park and the surrounding Wilderness areas is one of her favorite things to do. Sometimes her chow hound Sally accompanies her on her adventures. But she finds that she can’t play every day. There are chores to do. Living in the foothills requires some hard work and ...

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Hiking to Ostrander Lake

Picture escaping the heat to icy Ostrander Lake, bordered by a snowy, rocky ledge. That is exactly what we did in the middle of June, watching the last of the winter ice melt away, creating beautiful reflections. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 12.56 Miles Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous Elevation Range: 6,998′ – 8,613′ Date: June 20, 2017 Maps: El Capitan, ...

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Hiking up to Little Shuteye Peak

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We hiked off trail through brush, snow, crossing small creeks and swamps to get our reward of seeing a very rare flower and wonderful views of snowcapped high peaks. And, who knew that a small toad was a peak bagger? Where: Sierra National Forest Distance: 5.32 Miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevation Range: 7,188′ – 8,353′ Date: June 14, 2017 Maps: Little ...

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Escape with Sally to Convict Lake

Tioga Pass hadn’t opened up from its winter’s sleep yet, but I really wanted to get over to the east side of the Sierra. Sally was up for the adventure and we drove along those brightly colored, snowcapped mountains to Convict Lake for a few days. Where: Inyo National Forest, John Muir Wilderness Distance: 2.77 Miles Difficulty: Easy Elevation Range: ...

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Hiking to Alder Creek Falls

I was curious about how much water was coming out of Alder Creek Falls and was really hoping to see some wildflowers, especially those beautiful harlequin lupine. Sure enough, there was lots of water gushing over the edge of Alder Creek Falls and I think those harlequin lupine were happy to see me. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 11.88 Miles ...

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A Misty Day with the Dogwood Blooms at Nelder Grove

I never imagined the beauty that Nelder Grove held on a day when the floating mist was hiding the tops of the towering Giant Sequoias. Raindrops on dogwood blooms and leaves made me stop and admire them. And, have you ever wondered how some of these big trees got their names? Where: Sierra National Forest, Nelder Grove Distance: 2.1 miles, ...

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Hiking up to Vernal and Nevada Falls

We hiked up and up 600 plus steps on the Mist Trail to check out two of Yosemite’s famous waterfalls, Vernal and Nevada Falls. Where:Yosemite National Park Distance: 8.59 Miles Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous Elevation Range: 3,983′ – 6,056′ Date: May 3, 2017 Maps: El Capitan Topographic Quad Dog Hike? No dogs allowed on this trail We had planned on ...

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Hiking from Indian Flat through Hite Cove

Not the amazing display of poppies in the Hite Cove area this year, but plenty of other wildflowers were showing off as we hiked where miners walked as they searched for their fortunes in those gold mines long ago. Where: Sierra National Forest with some stretches through private property Distance: 8.21 Miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevation Range: 1,412′ to 3,187′ Date: ...

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What’s in my Daypack?

I’ve had a few requests to see what type of daypack I carry on my hikes and what I put in it. I haven’t cleaned mine out for a year or so, so let’s discover together what I have in there. Pack:  I have several packs but this Osprey Manta 36 is what I have been using for day hikes, ...

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