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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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Quest For Balance: Because You Asked

By Virginia Eaton — Everyday I receive questions from people asking about the best way to be “healthy” and the short answer is, “it depends…” Being healthy requires that all the various components that make us human to work in concert—from the bacteria that live in our guts to the chemicals that make our hearts beat and brains think. Here ...

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Taco Tuesday at the Hitching Post in Ahwahnee

Where: Hitching Post, 42592 Hwy 49, Ahwahnee When:  Tuesday Lunch or Dinner Not every adventure is a hiking adventure. Taco Tuesday at the Hitching Post in Ahwahnee is always a fun adventure, especially with friends. I think that Taco Tuesday is a well kept secret at the Hitching Post. Well, perhaps locals are familiar with it but I am here ...

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Carbs Before Workout? Yes, Please.

By Virginia Eaton — The last couple of weeks I’ve had the pleasure to work out with Oakhurst’s boot camp-queen, Suzy Peek. Her classes are an intense and sweaty affair that raises the heart rate and gets your endorphins flowing — I always leave these workouts with wobbly legs and a smile on my face. However, the last workout I ...

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Hiking with Sally In the Hoover Wilderness

Where: Inyo National Forest, Hoover Wilderness Distance: About 5 Miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevation Range: 9,819’ – 10,338’ Date: August 6, 2015           Highlights: Sally and I headed up to Saddlebag Lake, then worked our way to the west through the Harvey Monroe Research Natural Area. Mount Conness at 12,590′ elevation towered above us as we wandered through the Hoover ...

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