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4 Mile Trail to Glacier Point

Hiking from the Yosemite Valley floor up to Glacier Point is a tough hike, gaining over 3,200′ elevation. Why in the heck would someone want to do that? I think it is well worth that climb and switchbacks to see views of Yosemite Falls that you can see from no other location. Viewing Half Dome, Nevada and Vernal Falls, Tenaya ...

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Tioga Road Opens!

Tioga Road opened up on May 3, fairly early as far as the history of openings go. [It has temporarily closed in the meantime, but should reopen soon]. I sure appreciate the hard work that the crews have done to open up the road and make the needed repairs to get us in to the high country this early. Although ...

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Hiking in Nelder Grove with Mom and Sally

Not every hike has to be a long hike and you sure don’t need to drive very far to get some exercise and enjoy the beautiful Giant Sequoias and dogwood blooms. My mom was visiting and we didn’t have a full day to drive for our adventure, so we headed up for a hike nearby. Our timing on this hike ...

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Hiking up the Isberg Trail to Surprise Saddle

Standing at Surprise Saddle, I felt like I could almost reach out and touch massive Mt. Ritter across the canyon. The sky was so clear with the bluest sky above me and that knobby granite drainage below me looked so rugged. I couldn’t help but imagine the people of the past who walked in my footsteps. This country’s rich history ...

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Snake Plant (Sansiveria) Is Easy To Love

Getting to know tropical plants has been a true pleasure in my life. It is my intent to share what I have learned by featuring certain plants that are not only incredibly easy to care for, but that have health benefits when placed in your home or office.

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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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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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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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