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Hiking From Chiquito Trailhead to Chain Lakes

The trail was tricky. Much of it was covered with snow up to 5 foot drifts and we sloshed through stretches that were covered in water. The creeks were high but our persistence rewarded us with a lake that was still partially iced over and bordered by snowy mountains. Where: Sierra National Forest, Ansel Adams Wilderness, Yosemite National Park Distance: ...

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Chase Mills: A Precious Boy, A Rare Disorder

COARSEGOLD — He’s a kick in the pants, says his mom, Karly Mills. Chase loves swimming and “all things little boys.” “He’s so goofy and has such a sweet soul. He has no fear, which doesn’t help at all!” Chase, 2 1/2, was recently diagnosed with Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome type 4 or VEDS type 4, for short.  The condition is ...

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Tioga Road Opens and I am There!

When Yosemite National Park announced that Tioga Road (continuation of Highway 120 through the park) was to open on Thursday, June 29, at 8 am, you know I had to be there. We were at the spot on Tioga Road where the gate had been closed for the winter by 0741 and it was already opened! There were several signs ...

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Hiking to Ostrander Lake

Picture escaping the heat to icy Ostrander Lake, bordered by a snowy, rocky ledge. That is exactly what we did in the middle of June, watching the last of the winter ice melt away, creating beautiful reflections. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 12.56 Miles Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous Elevation Range: 6,998′ – 8,613′ Date: June 20, 2017 Maps: El Capitan, ...

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Biking With Bob: Battlefields Of The Civil War

Editor’s Note: Longtime Oakhurst resident Bob Kaspar continues his epic ride across the United States from California to his hometown in Massachusetts. We lost track of Bob for a week or so. Now we know why. He’s been busy. The Kentucky countryside is dotted with stately old tobacco barns.  They are all painted flat black and many have been re-purposed ...

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Star Gazing On The Sierra Vista Scenic Byway

NORTH FORK — Enjoy an evening of gazing at the stars on the beautiful Sierra Vista Scenic Byway on Saturday evening, June 24. All interested parties are invited to gather at the North Fork Post Office parking lot at 7 p.m. to carpool to Mile High Vista, about a 45 minute drive. Bill Dodge will be assisting in viewing and ...

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Happy First Day Of Summer

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE — The first day of summer typically falls around June 21. This year, it’s worth it to note that the precise time of summer solstice locally is 9:24 p.m. PST on Tuesday, June 20. It’s the day with the most hours of sunlight in the entire year. According to The Farmer’s Almanac, the timing is not based on ...

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ACT Dog Of The Week: It’s A Two-fer (Two-fur?)

The Animal Compassion Team foster and adoption program introduces a pair of litter mates who can be adopted as a pair or apart. Meet Melody and Millie: We are four-month-old chihuahua and terrier mixes who are just so cute. Our foster mom says we are some of her favorite puppies ever, and we are just such well behaved little girls. ...

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Hiking up to Little Shuteye Peak

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We hiked off trail through brush, snow, crossing small creeks and swamps to get our reward of seeing a very rare flower and wonderful views of snowcapped high peaks. And, who knew that a small toad was a peak bagger? Where: Sierra National Forest Distance: 5.32 Miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevation Range: 7,188′ – 8,353′ Date: June 14, 2017 Maps: Little ...

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