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Hiking the San Joaquin River Trail

I had gotten word that the San Joaquin River Trail was loaded with many different types and colors of wildflowers putting on a great show. We had to check it out. Where: Bureau of Land Management, San Joaquin River Gorge Special Management Area, Millerton Lake State Recreation Area Distance: 9.41 Miles Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Elevation Range: 564′ – 1,279′ Date: March ...

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Ruth Smiley On Cranial Sacral Therapy

Introduction by Virginia Eaton — In last week’s blog, I talked about massage as being good for the body and mind. Many of my readers had questions about other types of bodywork, and I solicited my friend and fellow health practitioner, Ruth Smiley, to talk about Cranial Sacral Therapy (CST). I have experienced CST by itself and in conjunction with ...

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Sitting Pretty In The Garden

Showing off quaint old chairs in the garden Marie Niemann posted her quaint chair done up for the garden and it created a sensation on Flea Market Gardening! Here is her chair and 16 other chairs that our flea folk use in the garden as accents. Find a chair and do up your own! Marie Niemann: This chair is one ...

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Chilnualna Falls Hike

With all of our recent rain and warm spring-like weather, I had been hearing reports about what a great show our local waterfalls were putting on but I hadn’t heard any reports on Chilnualna Falls. We needed to go check it out for ourselves. It was a good sign when we could hear Chilnualna Falls roaring from the parking lot and ...

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Enjoy A Good Rub For Body And Mind

Written by Virginia Eaton — When I was in my early 40s, I ruptured a disc in my back. I remember lying on the driveway in front of my home in Salt Lake City feeling like I had just been electrocuted as my husband stood over me trying to figure out what to do next. This happened in January, when ...

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Lizz Wiles’ Minarets Sports Report

Written by Lizz Wiles — O’NEALS — At the first home game of the season, Minarets JV and Varsity Baseball played against Lindsay on Tuesday, Mar. 15. The Varsity Mustangs won with a score of seven to one in favor. “It was an all around good game with great defensive plays, great pitching from Aaron Hall, tons of strikeouts, and ...

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Hiking to Hite Cove

Hite Cove is famous for the spring poppy display but this year is a little different. I hadn’t heard any good reports on the wildflowers in Hite Cove area and was very curious how our winter’s crazy weather was affecting them. We had a couple of surprises. One was the trail condition and the other was the diversity of types ...

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Glenn Raggio On The Danger Of “Couching It”

Introduction by Virginia Eaton — If I offered you a pill to slow your aging, reduce your aches and pains, restore your mental function, and increase your energy, how much would you pay? Sadly, this fountain of youth does not yet come in pill form but a partial antidote to time’s march is available to most of us. The cost ...

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The Story Of Yosemite Pioneer History Center

Written by Dave Hubbard — Yosemite’s Historic Buildings, And The Famous Covered Bridge See Them In Historic Wawona The Yosemite Pioneer History Center is located in Wawona, about 4 miles from the South entrance to Yosemite National Park. The site is comprised of a collection of historic buildings from different eras in Yosemite’s history… built by industrious men and unique ...

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Escape to Death Valley: The Mountains, Canyons and Dunes

We had headed over for the “Superbloom” but how can you not go to Death Valley and see more? Rugged, wildly colored canyons and mountains where miners seeked their fortunes and lonely sand dunes called to us to explore them. Many wonderful books have been written about Death Valley and I am not about to attempt to do that in this blog, ...

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