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Mirror Lake Loop Hike

Brilliant yellow Big Leaf Maples, golden oaks and red dogwoods lined the trail along the recently reopened Mirror Lake Loop, which was closed in 2009 due to a rock fall. Before we hit the trail, we took a leisurely walk along the Merced River, capturing reflections of fall colors, along with a critter or two along the way.

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Duel At Dawn

This morning at dawn, out of our North Fork window I saw two turkey duels going on, no doubt determining pecking order, i.e. who gets the babes and who chooses roosting spots at night. I grabbed my camera and shot pics for almost an hour before going back to my cold scrambled eggs and toast. the loser of the contest ...

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Escape from Kuna: Part One

It was a great hike up into the Kuna Crest, one of our favorite places, yesterday, temperature in the mid 30’s as we started out on the Mono Pass trail. I’m posting more people pics than usual just to give you an idea of what it was like.

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Gaylor Lakes & Great Sierra Mine Hike: Part 2

Although prospecting efforts were made in the Tioga area as early as 1860, it was not until 1878 when claims were made and the Tioga Mining District was formed. The City of “Dana” received a Post Office in 1880. In 1881, the Great Sierra Consolidated Silver Company bought up all of the claims in the Tioga Hill area and started ...

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Gaylor Lakes & Great Sierra Mine Hike: Part 1

Fresh fallen snow created incredible views of the Tioga Pass area for us, revealing snow covered mountains hiding in clouds that reflected in the high mountain lakes. As we explored the old abandoned Great Sierra Mine, we got a small feel for what those hard working miners lived through in those cold winters in the ghost town of Dana City ...

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East Side Colors- Part One

The fall colors on the east side were a little spotty this week, although still beautiful. We visited Twin Lakes, Virginia Lakes, the June Lakes Loop, Convict Canyon, McGee Creek Canyon, Lundy Canyon and Rock Creek Canyon, taking short hikes on all but Convict Canyon. Not very many reds yet, mostly green changing to yellow, and in some places the ...

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Moonrise At Mono Lake

We’re just in from 3 nights on the June Lake Loop, looking for fall color. On the first night, Monday, we ate dinner on the deck of the Tioga Lodge on the shores (almost) of Mono Lake. I took these moonrise pics at 7:30 right from our table. Excellent food there, too.

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Lillian Lake Loop Hike

I found it! That elusive fall color that I have been searching for was not too far away and we had some beautiful high lakes thrown in as a bonus treat. On our hike this week we headed to the Ansel Adams Wilderness Area. We drove up Beasore Road near Bass Lake, also known as the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway, ...

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Chores: Cleaning Gutters . . . Again

Looking out my window and watching those oak leaves coming down made me smile, realizing that the season is definitely changing. Those leaves have really been coming down at my house lately and I knew that I needed to take a peek at my gutters to see if I needed to clean them out . . . again. I invite ...

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