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What’s in my Daypack?

I’ve had a few requests to see what type of daypack I carry on my hikes and what I put in it. I haven’t cleaned mine out for a year or so, so let’s discover together what I have in there. Pack:  I have several packs but this Osprey Manta 36 is what I have been using for day hikes, ...

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Escape to Carrizo Plain’s Superbloom

The Carrizo Plain and foothills that border it were popping with sweeping displays of wildflower in yellow and purple hews. It was a heck of a long, one day drive from the Oakhurst area but it was so worth it! If this sounds like a drive that you want to take, you had better do it quick because it won’t ...

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Hiking from Sky Harbor along Millerton Lake

Lupine really really showing off their dramatic purple long plumes of flowers but they weren’t the only wildflowers I saw as I hiked along Millerton Lake. Where: Millerton Lake State Recreation Area, San Joaquin River Gorge Special Management Area, Bureau of Land Management Distance: 6 Miles, but you can go shorter or longer Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Elevation Range: 575′ ...

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Hiking with the Cows along the San Joaquin River Gorge

We hiked with cows, sometimes sharing the same trail. We also had a traffic jam on the trail but we were more than happy to wait for our turn while we checked out the early spring blooms and gorgeous reflections along the San Joaquin River. Where: Bureau of Land Management, San Joaquin River Gorge Special Management Area, Millerton Lake State Recreation ...

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Hiking Along Eastman Lake

We headed up a trail that was lined with every color of wildflower that you could imagine. The glassy lake reflected the rocky Eastman Lake shore and we saw some critters. But those rattlesnakes were out and we have the proof! Distance: 8.1 Miles Difficulty: Easy to Moderate, depending on how far you go Elevation Range: 586′ to 709′ Date: ...

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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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