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Escape to Death Valley: Mesquite Sand Dunes

Last year we had visited Death Valley at this same time and were wowed by the “Superbloom.” We discovered zero wildflowers this year but there are always incredibly beautiful areas to explore in Death Valley and one of those are the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. They are a beautiful place to visit in the morning when we could see the ...

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Top 5 Meal Delivery Services: Are They Worth It?

In the past year or so, meal delivery services have flourished online. Aimed toward the “busy cook” these services send you the ingredients for a certain number of pre-designated meals. This is an attractive proposition for those of us living in the mountains, since it can be daunting to drive to town just to get a couple of missing ingredients. ...

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Snowshoeing From Fish Camp with Sally and Raven

Sally, Raven and their human pack had been holed up inside for too long, a result of our recent storms. We didn’t have to travel far to find good snowshoeing, interesting things to see and Mother Nature’s snow art in Fish Camp. Where: Sierra National Forest Distance: 5.09 miles (but you can go more or less if you want to) ...

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Restorative Pilates At The Community Center

Starting Monday, Feb. 27 – Wednesday, Apr. 17, Virginia Eaton leads Restorative Pilates classes at the Oakhurst Community Center, twice a week. See flyer below for details. About 15 years ago, I ruptured a disc in my back (L5/S1 for those who like details). My doc was sure that surgery was in my future but I had other ideas. After ...

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Getaway: Monarchs In Pismo (The Wanderers Live Longer)

CENTRAL COAST — With our only child in college now, it’s almost like my husband and I are dating again. We met and married relatively late in life, and spent our child-free time wisely, taking trips around the state. We lived in southern California then, and concentrated our weekends toward the south, between the desert and the sea. We enjoyed ...

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Hiking to Stevenson Fall through Recent Road Washouts

I guess we could have checked to see if the road was open but that would have just been too easy. When we came across the washout, it just meant bonus miles to get us up to the roaring 500 foot cascading waterfall that is called Stevenson Fall. Where: Sierra National Forest Distance: 16.23 Miles (About 6 miles rt to ...

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New Guidelines For Treatment Of Low Back Pain

The number one complaint almost everyone has, at some point in their life, is low back pain. This is probably one of the most challenging topics that arise with clients and managing low back pain requires a willingness to think about the pain a little differently. I learned this lesson myself 15 years ago when I violently ruptured a disc ...

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Bree Is Back From Teaching In Thailand

By Bree Lewis — Before recently, I had never been out of the country, not even to Mexico, or even on a plane for that matter. So, when I received an email saying “Volunteer in Thailand this Winter Break for Only 500 Dollars,” it was like winning a fake free cruise on one of those pop-up links: you never actually ...

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Hiking Through Boling Gap on the McKenzie Preserve with the Sierra Foothill Conservancy

My adventure this week was full of beautiful green foothills with small streams and lovely waterfalls. A historic railroad bed, gold mining, and the Sierra Newt all played a prominent role! Where: Sierra Foothill Conservancy, McKenzie Preserve Distance: 8.36 Miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevation Range: 629′ – 1,501′ Date: February 5, 2017 Maps: Academy, Millerton East Topographic Quads Dog Hike? No, ...

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The Problem With OTC Sleep Aids

Thursday night was a rough night! I crawled between the bed covers looking forward to drifting off to sleep to the sound of rain. Sleep was close, but then sirens were blaring. And then more sirens. Now that I was wide awake, I checked the local news—a stolen car had crashed and been set on fire not far from my ...

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