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Larry Langley’s Happy Camping: Kings River Year-Round

One of our favorite places to camp is on the Kings River, east of Pine Flat Lake. Near where Sue and I like to camp is USFS Kirch Flat Campground off of Trimmer Springs Road, but we prefer to disperse camp along the Kings River. First spot is right after you cross the first bridge, turn right on the dirt ...

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Detwiler Fire: We Got To Meet The Heroes Who Saved Our House

Written by Jesse Taylor — MARIPOSA COUNTY — These guys pictured above are a few of our new friends from Rocklin. I say that wholeheartedly. They came into our lives in a most miraculous way. We were evacuated early on, being in the Bear Valley/ Hunters Valley area. First we headed for the Guadalupe area, but when we had to ...

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Al Flory Retires From Coarsegold Post Office After 19 Years

COARSEGOLD — Anyone who lives in the Coarsegold area and has ever been to the post office probably knows Al Flory. If they’ve ever been there on a holiday, they also know his penchant for entertaining his customers with the costume of the season. This week, Al is celebrating “Christmas in July” as he prepares to bid farewell to all ...

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Hiking up to Jackass and Burro Lakes

We headed cross country up to beautiful little lake, still partially covered with snow and ice, named Burro Lake. Along the way, our route took us by a creek with wildflowers of every color and incredible reflections in high lakes bordered by granite mountains. Where: Sierra National Forest, Ansel Adams Wilderness Distance: 9.57 Miles Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous Elevation Range: ...

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Larry Langley’s Happy Camping: Jones Store And Gravity Gas

North Fork’s own Larry Langley takes us to a local landmark: Have you ever been to Jones Store? No? You’re missing out. It’s a great scenic 14-mile drive up into the mountains on the twisty but paved Beasore Road. Where’s Beasore Road? Above Bass Lake, just past the turnoff to The Pines Resort. This is a real old-time country store ...

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Horses To Rodeo Grounds, Goats To Graydon Kennels

COARSEGOLD — As evacuations continue for the Detwiler Fire burning in Mariposa County, volunteers and disaster relief experts are busy housing people, pets and livestock, while businesses and individuals are stepping up to make donations of feed for the four-leggers. The Coarsegold Rodeo Grounds has upwards of 40 horses right now, and continues to accept horses that have been evacuated, ...

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Gift Shop Guaranteed To Put A Smile On Your Face

OAKHURST — Oakhurst has a shiny new gem in the form of a gift shop, opened early this month by longtime area resident Laurie Flanagan. Many remember Laurie from her days as the owner of Time For Tea, from 2007 to 2011, and in other incarnations as a gift shop owner around town. Since selling the tea shop about six ...

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Escape with Sally to Lundy Canyon

Dramatic high peaks, streaked with colors of red, white and brown and still capped with snow frame Lundy Canyon. Mill Creek was high and really moving, lined with aspens that lulled me to sleep as the wind moved through them. It was a perfect place for Sally and I to kick back and relax . . and maybe catch a ...

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Larry Langley’s Happy Camping: Oil And Blooms

North Fork’s own Larry Langley lets us in on his trip with wife Sue to catch a bit of history along and an abundance of wildflowers in April: a good reminder that these dog days of summer are the ideal time to plan an outing for a cool adventure down the line. Here are Larry’s recommendations this week. With all ...

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Biking With Bob: New England Adventure, Train To California

Editor’s Note: After more than 4,000 miles on the road, area resident Bob Kaspar completes his epic solo ride across America, from the beach in Southern California to his hometown of Brockton, Massachusetts, where the adventurer put his kickstand down to refresh some fond memories. Finally, trading his bike ride for a train ride, the wandering cyclist returns to Oakhurst. ...

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