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A Bit Of Russian Culture

Yesterday Pat and I had a great time at a harvest festival, at which we heard more Russian than English. Some of you will guess where it is. I’ll reveal it near the bottom.

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Yosemite Creek Fall Color

Now that Yosemite National Park has reopened from the Federal Shutdown, it is a prime time to take a drive and see the fall color. One of our favorite places to see the yellow leaves of the fall aspen is at a small pullout with restrooms near Yosemite Creek on Tioga Rd. The dogwoods are also beginning to show off ...

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Young Lakes Hike

High mountain lakes that are as glassy as a mirror, reflecting Ragged Peak, the surrounding white, rocky ridges and an occasional cloud were the highlights of this hike. Of course, the close-up encounter with the Grouse family was pretty wonderful also.

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Fair Trade

Scrub jays (along with their corvid relatives ravens and crows) are among the most intelligent of non-human animals, up there with primates, dolphins, elephants, etc., depending on whose list you consult. Today as I was reading a book on the back deck I threw out a peanut. Within less than a minute a jay got up enough nerve to move ...

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