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Hiking to All of the Dana Lakes

Three weeks ago we attempted this hike up through wobbly rocks and boulder-strewn glacial remains, but a member of our party started showing symptoms of altitude sickness so we aborted our plan. It was time for us to finish what we had started. We visited all 5 of the Dana Lakes then headed up to Dana Plateau to exit but ...

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Mountain Money: Selling Antique Samplers On eBay

Antique Sampler

Howdy campers! Until the sewing machine was invented around the middle of the 19th century, all sewing was done by hand. To showcase their needlework talents, seamstresses (it was usually women in those days) would create linen samplers of their works. The samplers almost always included an alphabet, as well as other images, such as houses, trees, or Biblical verses ...

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Escape to Yosemite Valley for the Day

Friends were visiting and it was an excellent excuse to take a day trip into Yosemite Valley, taking in the gorgeous views along the way and having an elegant lunch with friends at the Ahwahnee Hotel. The afternoon winds coaxed Bridalveil Fall to dance for me.   Lunch with friends at the Ahwahnee Hotel was a nice experience and someone ...

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How Art Shapes Our Lives: Roeding Park And The Fresno Chaffee Zoo

Sabrina and Olivia Maccarone.

By Sal Maccarone At the turn of the 20th century, Fresno had a population of close to 12,500 residents.  This burgeoning citizenry realized early on that it was time to set aside an area for a city park that could afford some “breathing room.” Marianne Roeding stepped up to the plate and donated well over 120 acres between Olive and ...

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Mountain Money: Beginner Tips For Stock Market Trading

Stock market symbols.

Howdy campers! I don’t know if you’ve ever considered trying to make money in the stock market, but I’ve been day trading in the stock market off and on for almost twenty years and I love it! I can’t promise that these tips will work for you, but they should give you something to think about. But remember that these ...

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Hiking up to Lower Dana Lake

We had planned on visiting all 5 or so of the Dana Lakes then heading up to Dana Plateau to exit but that didn’t happen as planned. We did make it to the lower lake after hiking up through the boulders to hike under the brightly colored mountains and rocks below towering Mount Dana. Where: Ansel Adams Wilderness, Inyo National ...

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How Art Shapes Our Lives: Imagine

John Lennon

By Sal Maccarone The word “art” is sometimes used as a general synonym for the much broader meaning of “fine art.”  Fine art includes what is known as the “five greater arts,” including painting, sculpture, architecture, music, and poetry. Fine art is created primarily for aesthetic or conceptual reasons, and is judged solely for its meaningfulness or beauty. Sometimes meaningful ...

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Mountain Money: Selling Used And Vintage Clothing On eBay

Howdy campers! One of the better things to sell on eBay is clothing, both used and new. This includes shoes and other accessories such as hats, belts, scarves, etc. Today we’ll talk about used and/or vintage clothing. Here are some reasons that used/vintage clothing can be such a great item for resale: It’s easy to find. Old clothes are everywhere. ...

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Wandering up Yosemite’s Mono Pass Trail

Some days things just don’t go as planned. But we eventually made it to our hiking adventure along the Mono Pass Trail, wandering the mountains in search of beautiful flowers and reflections in the water. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: About 9 Miles (but you can go as far as you wish) Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous Elevation Range: 9,596′ – ...

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