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Escape to Death Valley: Salt Creek Pupfish

I had heard of pupfish but had never seen one, so I was looking forward to learning more, especially after I found out it was breeding season for them and this was the best time to see them. About 13.5 miles north of Furnace Creek, we headed south on a graded gravel road off of Hwy 190 to the Salt ...

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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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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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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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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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Hiking with Sally and Raven on the Cowboy Trail

We loaded up the dogs and headed up a gated dirt road just out of Bass Lake to get some exercise between storms. Icy puddles, frosty leaves and some snow were highlights of this hike, along with the silly antics of those dogs. Where: Sierra National Forest Distance: 7.36 Miles Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Elevation Range: 3,640′ – 5,194′ Date: ...

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Snowshoeing to Dewey Point

The most snow that we had seen in a long time had dumped in Yosemite National Park and I couldn’t wait to get over there to some high point where I could look out at those white covered high mountains. We snowshoed our way over to Dewey Point to check it out. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 7.24 Miles Difficulty: ...

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Brown’s Ditch Hike

If you don’t like heights or walking on a narrow metal grid on top of a flume as it crosses over deep draws, this hike probably is not for you. Where: Sierra National Forest, Brown’s Ditch is owned and operated by PG&E Distance: 4.89 Miles Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Elevation Range: 3,439′ – 3,780′ Date: December 29, 2016 Maps: Ahwahnee ...

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Zoo In The Rain

FRESNO — It started with a Simon and Garfunkel song, as good stories often do. Someone told me It’s all happening at the zoo. I do believe it, I do believe it’s true. That’s when I decided to take the kids to the Fresno Chaffee Zoo in Fresno. Except the kids weren’t really kids anymore, they were in their final months ...

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