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Winery-Sage: Perfect Wine And Chocolate Pairing Suggestions

By Karen and Ken Geiszler, Winery-Sage.com —  Wine and chocolate. To some they are an integral part of a special Valentine’s Day. I know many people tend to view chocolate as one of the basic food groups (my wife certainly does) and Valentine’s Day seems like the perfect occasion to celebrate the pairing of wine and chocolate. Contrary to popular ...

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New Snow: None. Yosemite Winter Rangers’ Report

YOSEMITE — The summary of Tuolumne Winter Rangers Laura and Rob Pilewski’s latest blog post from the field is — don’t forget the sunscreen. New snow: None Total settled snow depth: 9 inches (at 8,600 feet) High temperature: 56°F (February 2) Low temperature: 16°F (January 31) Ski Conditions and Weather The daily high temperature for the past nine days has been over 50°F. The snow has ...

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Hiking From Soquel Meadow to Fresno Dome

Sure, you can pretty much drive up to the Fresno Dome Trailhead but we parked at Soquel Meadow to check out the old barn and get a good workout, walking up the snow covered road. Where: Sierra National Forest Distance: 14.57 miles (but you can go more or less if you want to) Difficulty: Easy to moderate Elevation Range: 5,373′ ...

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Winery-Sage: Best Valentine’s Wine & Food Pairings

By Karen and Ken Geiszler, Winery-Sage.com —  Valentine’s Day – it’s a holiday unlike any other. The traditional autumn and winter holidays of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve revolve around lots of family, friends, food, and parties. The summer holidays of Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day bring visions of parties, picnics, BBQ, and swimming. Valentine’s Day is ...

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Over The Garden Fence: How To Read A Seed Packet

By Bob Labozetta — If you are like me, you have already ordered and received vegetable and ornamental seed packets for planting this spring. The worst thing you can do is open them and start planting directly into the garden without carefully reading the cultivation information printed on the packet of seeds. The cultivation information can vary greatly from seed ...

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Hiking from McKenzie Preserve to Sky Harbor

I had a unique opportunity to join the Sierra Hiking Seniors on a docent-led hike from the Sierra Foothill Conservancy led us from the McKenzie Preserve to Sky Harbor. You just never know what you will see on a hike and this one literally delivered newborn calves before our eyes! Where: Millerton Lake State Recreation Area, San Joaquin River Gorge ...

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Hiking to Little Nellie and Foresta Falls

It had been 27 years since I walked the area around Foresta, not since I was assigned as a Strike Team Leader on Structure Protection at Foresta and El Portal on the lightening caused A-Rock Fire that burned 17,700 acres and 45 structures back in 1990. I was way overdue to spend some leisurely time exploring the waterfalls, old barns, ...

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Hiking from Tunnel View to Dewey Point

We sure got in a good workout with the over 3,000′ elevational gain on this hike and saw Yosemite from some famous viewpoints along the way. Stanford Point, Crocker Point and Dewey Point delivered many ooohs and awes. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 10.40 Miles Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous Elevation Range: 4,384′ – 7,387 Date: January 12, 2018 Maps: El ...

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Hiking in Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park

If you don’t have time for a trip up to Yosemite or the USFS lands near us and still want to get out and enjoy nature, you sure don’t have to go far to get your fix in our own backyard at Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park off of Hwy 49 adjacent to Wasuma Elementary School in Ahwahnee. Although I walked ...

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Larry’s Blog: Maine Was The Best

Editor’s note: this is the fourth installment of Larry’s Blog about the epic motorhome trip he took with partner in crime Sue and Corgi dog Maggie May  — 10 Weeks, 34 States, 14,000 Miles And Still Married. We resume at the 8,000-mile mark. Here’s Larry: Finally, after 8,000 miles we arrived at the Maine Coast as close to the Canadian Border ...

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