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Escape to Death Valley: The Superbloom

El Nino has helped create a “superbloom” of wildflowers in Death Valley. About every 10 years or so this rare event takes place and doesn’t last too long. I couldn’t wait to get over there and experience those yellow, pink and purple wildflowers for myself. Death Valley’s average annual rainfall is 2 inches a year, and sometimes, it gets no rain ...

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Hiking With Raven and Sally Along Eastman Lake

Not all hiking trips go as planned and this is one of our doozies and it was all my fault. We chose this hike to check out the wildflowers at Eastman Lake and had heard that the eagles were flying there. That would be so cool to see an eagle! Distance: 8 Miles Difficulty: Easy to Moderate, depending on how ...

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Hiking Along the Merced Wild and Scenic River with Mom

Mom and I headed up out of Briceburg to see if those poppies were blooming along the Merced River. They were, along with many other wildflowers. Distance: 6.34 Miles, but you can go shorter or longer Difficulty: Easy Elevation Range: 1,086′ to 1,207′ Date: February 21, 2016 Maps: Bear Valley and Buckingham Mountain Topographic Maps I headed up Hwy 140 to ...

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Hiking the Pa’san Ridge Trail

Poppies and other colorful wildflowers were starting to come alive with our recent warm spell and we couldn’t wait to see if we could spot some. I just love poppies! Where: BLM, San Joaquin River Gorge Special Recreation Management Area Distance: 7.72 Miles Difficulty: Easy to Moderate, depending on how far you go Elevation Range: 636′ to 1,861′ Date: February 15, ...

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Hiking From Yosemite Valley up the Snow Creek Trail

We got a real workout on the toughest trail out of the Yosemite Valley and were rewarded with amazing views of Clouds Rest and Half Dome that you can see no other way. Not all hikes go as planned and this one definitely fell in that category. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: About 11 Miles Difficulty: Strenuous Elevation Range: 3,972 – ...

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Hiking to Stevenson Falls

Hiking along the San Joaquin River Gorge to this awesome 500 foot cascading waterfall is always full of beautiful views and we had a few surprises along the way, including the first poppies of the year. Where: Sierra National Forest Distance: About 14 Miles (About 6 miles rt to the falls) Dificulty: Moderate Elevation Range: 1,935′ to 2,387′ Date: February 3, ...

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Snowshoe the Merced Crest 2016

Four of us piled in my rig and we headed up for our toughest snowshoe adventure this year, full of fresh snow. The Merced Crest is famous for the spectacular views of the high country to the east. We started our adventure with beautiful blue sky with a few clouds and we had a few surprises along the way. Where: ...

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Hiking From Indian Flat to the Old Hite Mine

In 1861, a young prospector by the name of John Hite headed out from Coulterville on a prospecting trip with a sack of flour and a few provisions.  Over 3 million dollars were made in the mine that he claimed called the Hite Mine above the South Fork of the Merced River. I have been wanting to visit this actual ...

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Snowshoe to Dewey Point . . . Again

A whole bunch of new snow had landed and we needed to get out and see those views of snow covered peaks. I know . . . I did a similar snowshoe 2 weeks ago, but Dewey Point is always a beautiful spot to visit where I can look up to the high country. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 7.24 ...

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Snowshoe to Dewey Point 2015

That new snow squeaked under our snowshoes as we headed out from Badger Pass to that amazing view at Dewey Point. I just love that way you can look at Tenaya Canyon, leading up to the high country. Fresh snow coated all of the mountains and was a sight to behold. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 7.39 Miles Difficulty: Moderate ...

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