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Ostrander and Hart Lakes Hike

Glacier Point Road had just opened up for the season, 2 ½ weeks earlier than last year, and I needed to get into the higher country. We were shocked at the lack of snow. Lakes that had been frozen last year were completely thawed out on this trip but we still saw some beautiful country. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance:15.1 ...

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Ostrander and Heart Lakes Hike

Glacier Point Road had just opened up for the season, 2 ½ weeks earlier than last year, and I needed to get into the higher country. We were shocked at the lack of snow. Lakes that had been frozen last year were completely thawed out on this trip but we still saw some beautiful country.

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Farewell Fabulous Fungi, Until Next Fall

“One man’s ceiling is another man’s floor.” – Paul Simon Spring: it brightens the heart and stirs the blood. The birds are singing, the flowers are blooming, and the air smells sweet. I love spring. It is a pretty great time for a biologist. Running around photographing wildflowers and bugs makes me really happy. However, the onset of spring also ...

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Hite Cove Wildflower Hike

Brilliant orange poppies in the Merced River Canyon area are always beautiful to see in the spring but the drought has not been kind to them this year. They are tenacious, still trying their best to put on a showy display in the Hite Cove area, even though it will for a short time frame this spring. In past years, ...

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Hiking on the Savage Lundy Trail

Hiking through country that is rich with mining history gave me the chance to walk in the footprints of unknown miners who had dreams of striking it rich in the South Fork of the Merced River. Some did, most didn’t. Another unique element of this hike is the Knobcone Pine stand that we passed through.

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Lessons Learned From a Mountain Lion Encounter

We had planned to spend the day hiking up to Shuteye Pass, off of the Mammoth Pool Road. We were hiking in Nature’s backyard and my 70 pound Weimaraner named Sally met a 130 pound Mountain lion up close and personal. She is a very lucky dog and this is her story, along with lessons to be learned.

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Hiking with Sally and Raven to Shuteye Pass

Sally, Raven and a group of us headed up Mammoth Pool Road through 2014’s French Fire to Shuteye Pass where we saw an approaching storm dust the surrounding mountains with snow. We had gorgeous views of clouds, the Minarets, Mammoth to the east and the numerous Domes in the area.

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Hiking Up Through The Meadow Fire To Bunnell Cascade

We had another great workout with incredible scenery that included views of Half Dome and other prominent high points, Vernal and Nevada Fall and the icy Merced River. This was our first look at the devastation in Little Yosemite Valley that was left over from the Meadow Fire last year. That was very sad to see.

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