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Outdoor Adventures In Yosemite

YOSEMITE — If you’re looking for the best thing to do in Yosemite, join a Yosemite Conservancy Outdoor Adventure. Conservancy naturalist guides have lifetimes of Yosemite experience and insider knowledge. Join them for backpacking treks, day hikes, photography workshops, bird-watching tours and discover Yosemite’s “hidden gems” with expert naturalist-guides. Yosemite Conservancy works hand-in-hand with the park to create unforgettable experiences. ...

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Hiking Along Hetch Hetchy

We headed north to Hetch Hetchy to see what those waterfalls were looking like. We kept a lookout for rattlesnakes and bears along the trail and had a surprising encounter with one of these. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 11.25 Miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevation Range: 3,695′ to 4,459′ Date: April 5, 2016 Maps: Ackerson Mountain and Hetch Hetchy Reservoir Topographic Quads We ...

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What’s Happening At The Pines? Jazz Is Back On Bass Lake

Submitted by The Pines Resort — BASS LAKE — It’s been just three weeks since over 500 local residents and visitors gathered in the Pines Village to celebrate Easter weekend with their families. For the first time since the change of the ownership that occurred in 2010, The Pines Resort organized a community Easter Egg Hunt in addition to their ...

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Hiking the San Joaquin River Trail

I had gotten word that the San Joaquin River Trail was loaded with many different types and colors of wildflowers putting on a great show. We had to check it out. Where: Bureau of Land Management, San Joaquin River Gorge Special Management Area, Millerton Lake State Recreation Area Distance: 9.41 Miles Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Elevation Range: 564′ – 1,279′ Date: March ...

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Conservancy Funds Major Projects In Yosemite

YOSEMITE – Yosemite Conservancy is providing $15 million in support to Yosemite National Park to restore the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, protect great gray owls and rebuild spectacular hiking trails, among 34 projects being funded in 2016. “Everywhere you look in the park you can see the impact of Yosemite Conservancy grants and programs, whether that’s hiking a restored ...

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Chilnualna Falls Hike

With all of our recent rain and warm spring-like weather, I had been hearing reports about what a great show our local waterfalls were putting on but I hadn’t heard any reports on Chilnualna Falls. We needed to go check it out for ourselves. It was a good sign when we could hear Chilnualna Falls roaring from the parking lot and ...

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Hiking to Hite Cove

Hite Cove is famous for the spring poppy display but this year is a little different. I hadn’t heard any good reports on the wildflowers in Hite Cove area and was very curious how our winter’s crazy weather was affecting them. We had a couple of surprises. One was the trail condition and the other was the diversity of types ...

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Bunny Hides More Than 3,500 Eggs At Bass Lake

BASS LAKE — Wondering where the big bunny will be this weekend? Try the Pines Village, where organizers plan an awesome Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, Mar. 26 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bonus? It’s free and it’s BYOB — that means, bring your own basket — one per child. Groups will be divided into youngsters age four and ...

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Escape to Death Valley: The Mountains, Canyons and Dunes

We had headed over for the “Superbloom” but how can you not go to Death Valley and see more? Rugged, wildly colored canyons and mountains where miners seeked their fortunes and lonely sand dunes called to us to explore them. Many wonderful books have been written about Death Valley and I am not about to attempt to do that in this blog, ...

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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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