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Prevent Falls By Training Your Balance

By Virginia Eaton — I have been conducting a large number of balance assessments the past few weeks, and evaluating a person’s balance is a terrific way to reveal weaknesses, not to mention whether or not they have a sense of humor. Balance deteriorates as we age and can be elusive if our minds are scattered. Children tend to have ...

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Hunger Hormones

By Virginia Eaton — There are three hormones in your body that you should be concerned about if you are trying to lose weight: insulin, leptin and ghrelin. The names sound like a cast of Disney characters, but don’t be fooled; these three hormones are critical to managing a healthy weight. Most people have heard of insulin but may not ...

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4 Wheeling and Hiking with Raven to Iron Lakes

We loaded up the Jeep, our packs, one dog, and headed to Iron Lake. Our plan was to 4WD into Iron Lake, then walk to several of the lakes nearby but we were rained out once we reached Iron Lake. I’m not complaining because we sure loved the rain, how it made everything look beautiful and smell wonderful.  We were yelling ...

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Hike To Sentinel Dome And Taft Point

Submitted by Keith Sauer – We’re back from three days in Yosemite with the Oakmont Hiking group. Perfect weather and great scenery. We saw some bears on the trail but too far to photograph. One group saw a bobcat. After a long five-hour drive, I led the hike to Sentinel Dome and Taft Point with the help of a pain ...

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Protect Your Privacy: Master The Squat

By Virginia Eaton — I want to have a frank conversation about why you should do squats as part of your weekly exercise routine. Okay, here goes: if you want to be able to sit on the toilet when you are old, and then get up from that toilet without help, you need to train in your middle age for ...

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Welcome to the WUI

Written by Marcia Penner Freedman – We’ve chosen to live in a forest, tens of thousands of us in eastern Fresno, Madera, and Mariposa Counties. Not just any forest, but a Sierra forest. And that means we’ve chosen to live with the certainty of fire. To complicate things, our communities sit at the edge of the million-acre Sierra National Forest, ...

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Find Ways To Breathe Deeply In Spite Of The Smoke

By Virginia Eaton — When I look out my window from home and from work, the smoky haze is made more disheartening by bits of gray ash floating on the air before coming to rest on the ground. The oppressive heat adds insult to already injured lungs and makes moving through my day challenging. The stress of fire, drought and ...

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Fishing with Sally at Saddlebag Lake

Sally and I escaped the smoke, heat and a PG&E Smart Day, and headed up to beautiful Saddlebag Lake in the Tioga Pass area for a day of fishing.   Where: Inyo National Forest Distance: About 5 Miles Difficulty: Easy Elevation Range: 9,524’ – 10,167’ Date: September 10, 2015               We headed east on the Tioga ...

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Hike to Upper Jackass, Burro Lakes and Beyond

The skies were cloudy as we headed up Beasore Rd. It rained lightly for a while but didn’t last near long enough. It made everything smell nice and fresh for a short while though.   Where: Sierra National Forest, Ansel Adams Wilderness Distance: 8.81 Miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevation Range: 6,641’ – 9,678’ Date: August 26, 2015 We headed up Beasore Rd. to ...

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