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Hiking up to the Dana Plateau

When you get on top of Dana Plateau, you are right on the edge of the crest with a sharp drop off and killer views into the Mono Lake area. The hike up to the top is always different and this time we were treated to colorful wildflowers, a marmot and strange winged creatures. Where: Ansel Adams Wilderness Area, Inyo ...

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Stay Cool, Drink More

By Virginia Eaton — Playing golf in the summer has some special perks. When you hit the ball on a fairway hardened from the heat it rolls a long, long way. Sometimes it evens rolls in the right direction, which makes me want to do the happy dance. Long roll aside, temperatures in the mid-90s also make the muscles and ...

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The Family Behind The Firefighter: Erin And Michael Capuchino

When a firefighter gets an assignment, he or she often leaves behind a family who keeps the home fires burning in a good way. Such is the case with Erin and Michael Capuchino of Oakhurst. Both in their thirties, Erin and Michael have been married since 2002; for the last three years, Michael has been a wildland firefighter. The Capuchinos have three ...

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Exploring High Lakes Above the Mono Pass Trail

We headed off trail to check out some unnamed lakes above the Mono Pass Trail. Those views! Those wildflowers! Of course I was curious how the fishing was and I was not disappointed! Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 10.65 Miles Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous Elevation Range: 9,596′ – 11,328′ Date: July 28, 2016 Maps: Tioga Pass, Mount Dana, Koip Peak ...

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Be Kind In Your Mind

Written by Virginia Eaton — I work with a lot of people who want to lose weight – sometimes just a few pounds, sometimes a whole lot more. Regardless of the amount of weight you want to lose, the most difficult part is accepting the body that you have rather than feeling ashamed or offended by it. Most of my ...

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Parenting, Wishes, And Wine

I caught up with my friend and fellow mom Tammi Kudra just after she’d returned to Oakhurst from taking her oldest daughter Dakota to Southern California for her sophomore year at college. We asked Tammi five questions about what it’s like to see your kids become independent and she had a lot to say. SNO: This time of year people ...

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Hiking up to Dana Lakes

Beautiful high lakes in the shadow of Mount Dana brought us up to this country that looked baron from afar but when we looked closer, we discovered an explosion of wildflowers blooming. . . and a curious critter! Where: Ansel Adams Wilderness, Inyo National Forest Distance: 5.24 Miles Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous Elevation Range: 9,655′ – 11,144′ Date: July 22, ...

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How Are Your Shoulders Feeling?

Written by Virginia Eaton — How are your shoulders feeling? Can you still reach overhead to get something out of the cupboard? Do you have difficulty putting on a sweater or a jacket? As I work with older adults, I hear shoulder complaints more often than any other, so I was thrilled when I started reading some interesting research about ...

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Hiking with Sally in the 20 Lakes Basin

Reflections of snow streaked mountains in seasonal tarns called us to the 20 Lakes Basin in the Hoover Wilderness. What a wonderful surprise to see so many wildflowers in bloom, especially those graceful columbine. Where: Hoover Wilderness Distance: 9.35 Miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevation Range: 10,057′ – 10,407′ Date: July 12, 2016 Maps: Falls Ridge and June Lake Topogs I just ...

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Ashley Pinkerton: Spiraling Forward

Written by Ashley Pinkerton — NORTH FORK — I have been given the opportunity to publish my first book, Spiraling Forward, featuring a personal collection of poems, all of which have been inspired by, and reflect, my own Spiritual journey and awakening. Spiraling Foward is set for release at the beginning of 2017. My main intention is to connect with readers and ...

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