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Escape to Carrizo Plain’s Superbloom

The Carrizo Plain and foothills that border it were popping with sweeping displays of wildflower in yellow and purple hews. It was a heck of a long, one day drive from the Oakhurst area but it was so worth it! If this sounds like a drive that you want to take, you had better do it quick because it won’t ...

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Hiking from Sky Harbor along Millerton Lake

Lupine really really showing off their dramatic purple long plumes of flowers but they weren’t the only wildflowers I saw as I hiked along Millerton Lake. Where: Millerton Lake State Recreation Area, San Joaquin River Gorge Special Management Area, Bureau of Land Management Distance: 6 Miles, but you can go shorter or longer Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Elevation Range: 575′ ...

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Coffee Creamers: The Good, The Bad, The Gross

When I began coaching clients, one of the very first things that I learned was not to suggest that he or she stop drinking coffee. Even the suggestion to cut back on the number of cups in a day deafened their ears to anything else I would have to say. Coffee absolutely can be part of a healthy eating plan. ...

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Hiking with the Cows along the San Joaquin River Gorge

We hiked with cows, sometimes sharing the same trail. We also had a traffic jam on the trail but we were more than happy to wait for our turn while we checked out the early spring blooms and gorgeous reflections along the San Joaquin River. Where: Bureau of Land Management, San Joaquin River Gorge Special Management Area, Millerton Lake State Recreation ...

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Hiking Along Eastman Lake

We headed up a trail that was lined with every color of wildflower that you could imagine. The glassy lake reflected the rocky Eastman Lake shore and we saw some critters. But those rattlesnakes were out and we have the proof! Distance: 8.1 Miles Difficulty: Easy to Moderate, depending on how far you go Elevation Range: 586′ to 709′ Date: ...

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Mindfulness And Meditation For Well-Being

Have you ever stared out your window, lost in the beauty of the moment? Maybe you watched the squirrels playing chase around the giant oak tree or just sat and listened to the rain? If you have, then, congratulations! You know how to meditate. On the other hand, if you’ve never quietly enjoyed the setting sun, bees buzzing in the ...

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Escape to Death Valley: Salt Creek Pupfish

I had heard of pupfish but had never seen one, so I was looking forward to learning more, especially after I found out it was breeding season for them and this was the best time to see them. About 13.5 miles north of Furnace Creek, we headed south on a graded gravel road off of Hwy 190 to the Salt ...

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This Is Your Brain On Cardio

When I talk to my clients about exercise the first question they have is usually, “what type of exercise should I be doing?” The answer is, “it depends.” It depends on lots of things, such as what your goals are, what kind of physical condition you’re presently in and what your physical limitations are. Short bursts of high intensity workouts ...

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Make Your Own Salad Dressing

When I have clients who are ready to organize their diet around real food, one of the very first things I encourage them to do is eat a salad every day and skip the store-bought salad dressing in favor of homemade. The beauty of a salad every day is that it adds a significant amount of nutrient dense food to ...

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