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Walking up a Dirt Road: Worman’s Mill and Beyond

Taking a walk up a dirt road close to home got me out of the house on a small adventure with some exercise. No wildflowers on this hike but a few views along the 953 foot gain helped make my outing a good one. Distance: 8.42 Miles (but you can go shorter or longer) Difficulty: Easy Elevation Range: 3,409′ to ...

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Walking up a Dirt Road: Hartman Cutoff

Do you have a favorite dirt road that you like to walk on? I stayed close to home for this one and I feel weird calling this a hike because it was more of a brisk walk up a dirt road lined with pretty wildflowers and singing birds. Distance: 11.82 Miles (but you can go shorter or longer) Difficulty: Easy ...

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Hiking the Pa’san Ridge Trail

A fitness hike with flowers along the way were what called us to the San Joaquin River Gorge area. We had a time we wanted to beat but could we do it without being distracted by all of those beautiful wildflowers? And how could we do this hike safely amid the early days of our COVID-19 pandemic? Where: BLM, San ...

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Hiking Hetch Hetchy to Rancheria Falls

It had been a couple of years since we hiked at Hetch Hetchy. This year didn’t give us super strong flowing waterfalls and it was a bit early for wildflowers but the hike gave us a good workout with beautiful views. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 11.50 Miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevation Range: 3,682′ to 4,470′ Date: March 5, 2020 Maps: Ackerson ...

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Circle Z Ranch Horseback Adventure: One Day of Riding

I rode 11 different rides in 7 days of horseback riding at the Circle Z Ranch out of Patagonia, Arizona. Each and every ride was different, some of the rides loping rides and some of them were walking rides. Some of them led us through gnarly canyons and others across grasslands. How could I pick just one to share with ...

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Circle Z Ranch Horseback Adventure: Ranch Life

I pulled on my cowboy boots, put my hat and chinks on, then rode the range along the Arizona/Mexican border. I was an Indian, a cowboy, an outlaw, a Spanish explorer and a miner for 7 days on my trusty steed Shawnee. When you are riding that beautiful country full of history, how can not dream of these things? When ...

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Hiking with Sally on the Stockton Creek Nature Preserve

Sally and I chose one of the coldest days this year to get out, hiking Stockton Creek Nature Preserve and we had those trails all to ourselves. Not too far from home, not too difficult, this hike was a short one. Where: Mariposa Public Utilities District, Sierra Foothill Conservancy, Stockton Creek Nature Preserve Distance: 2.83 Miles Difficulty: Easy to Moderate ...

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Hiking up Briceburg’s Burma Road

It is a little early for flowers but it won’t be long before poppies and other wildflowers will be putting on a show here. I wasn’t hiking for flowers on this day though. I was hiking to get a good workout in. I loaded up my pack for a conditioning hike. Where: Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Merced River Recreation ...

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Hiking in Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park

If you don’t have time for a trip up to Yosemite or the Federal lands near us and still want to get out and enjoy nature, you 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 a ...

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