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Hiking with Sally from Lundy Lake through Mill Creek Canyon

Sally and I followed the footprints of miners that lived in the towns of Lundy and the long gone town of Wasson to check out those gold producing mines. As we followed those old roads and trails, we took in the fall colors and reflections in the beaver ponds along the way. Where: Inyo National Forest, Hoover Wilderness Distance: 10.23 ...

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If It Ain’t Broke Is It Really Okay?

Written by Glenn Raggio — There is much to be said of the adage, “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” Status quo, when compared to the darker alternatives of nearly everything, wins hands down. Getting older encourages the cliché more than anything else I might imagine. We have inherited our parents’ and grandparents’ views, habits, and superstitions in regard to ...

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The Army in Yosemite – The First Rangers

The Army in Yosemite dates back to October 1, 1890 when Yosemite National Park was established. The Secretary of the Interior asked that Army troops be made available, (as they had been in Yel­lowstone), and begin patrols protecting the park. Cavalry scouting parties were to be sent out to “prevent timber cutting, sheep herding, trespassing or spoliation in particular.” On ...

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Training For The Holidays

Autumn is here with all its glory; the fall colors and the cooler temperatures are a welcome change from the summer’s heat. Soon Thanksgiving and Christmas will be upon us along with all the wonderful chaos of parties, family bonding, and holiday food overload! When I talk to my clients about holiday stress, their first response is often mouth-watering anticipation ...

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Hiking to Chittenden Lake

Fall creates such intense orange and red colors in this area, you probably will think that I doctored the pictures but I didn’t. And those reflections in Chittenden Lake look like a painting, but they are not. Where: Sierra National Forest, Ansel Adams Wilderness Distance: 14.18 Miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevation Range: 7,507′ – 9,222′ Date: September 20, 2016 Maps: Merced ...

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Time Starts Now

Written by Virginia Eaton — Glenn Raggio designed the look of wellness center Class, the Body Pastiche, from the color on the walls to the flooring, and the art throughout the space. He is a retired police officer from the Bay Area and it came as a surprise, to Glenn as much as anyone else, that he has an exquisite sense of style ...

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Hiking to the Top of Mount Dana

Mount Dana is the second highest mountain in Yosemite (after Mount Lyell), reaching 13,061 feet tall. “Slow but steady” was our motto as we climbed the 3,000′ gain in elevation over 2 1/2 miles. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 5.21 Miles Difficulty: Strenuous Elevation Range: 9,930′ – 13,061′ Date: September 15, 2016 Maps: Falls Ridge and June Lake Topographic Quads ...

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Your Health: Who Pays The Ultimate Price?

Written by Virginia Eaton — Earlier this month some researchers took a look at historic documents of the Sugar Research Foundation from the 1960s, in order to better understand how the medical community could have missed the mark so disastrously in identifying the cause of heart disease. What they found, Hollywood could easily make into a corporate greed sort of movie. ...

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Hiking and Fishing with Sally to Z and Shamrock Lakes

Sally and I searched for the footprints that miners made in the Tioga Pass area long ago. We found a few of them but also discovered beautiful reflections in high lakes and caught a few trout while we wandered in the high country. Where: Hoover Wilderness Distance: 8.74 Miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevation Range: 10,094′ – 10,524′ Date: September 7, 2016 ...

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