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Hiking with Sally to Gardisky Lake

Sally and I took a short but steep hike up to Gardisky Lake and were rewarded with amazing views of the surrounding high country, white puffy clouds reflecting in the lake and a surprise. Where: Inyo National Forest Distance: 5.09 Miles Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult Elevational Range: 9,732′ to 10,524′ Date: September 14, 2017 Topographic Quad Maps: Falls Ridge, June ...

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Clampers Building New Monument In Yosemite Lakes Park

COARSEGOLD — The Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus (ECV), otherwise known as the Clampers, is working hard on another monument to the history of the west – this time in the community of Yosemite Lakes Park. While the Clampers are always open to some good old fashioned merry-making, they do have a very important mission – the ...

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What a Deal! Thrifting In The Oakhurst Area

If you’re a thrift store junkie like I am, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the various shops we have here in the Yosemite area. I’ve gotten so many deals at the thrift stores here in town, half my house is decorated with my fun finds. I mean, why pay retail if you can recycle? And when you’re ready for a ...

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Hiking to Conness Lakes

The Conness Lakes are glacial lakes, fed by the largest glacier in the Sierra Nevada north of Tioga Pass. Their colors change with the sun and clouds from a greenish turquoise to grey to blue and when those clouds reflect in the waters of the high lakes and tarns, it is very special! Where: Harvey Monroe Hall Research Natural Area, ...

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Walk The Meditative New Labyrinth At Local Church

OAKHURST — All are invited to the New Community United Methodist Church’s dedication ceremony of the labyrinth for community use. The event, led by Pastor Gayle Basten, will take place on Sunday, Sept. 24, beginning at 11:15 a.m. at the church. Following the ceremony is a workshop for those who are interested in more information on the history, meaning and ...

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This May Be Why Cascadel Woods Survived The Mission Fire

NORTH FORK — If you are looking for proof that fuel reduction and preventative activities work, look no further than the community of Cascadel Woods, says Yosemite/Sequoia Resource Conservation and Development Council (Y/S RC&DC) Project Manager Justine Reynolds. The fast-moving Mission Fire destroyed three homes on its way up the mountain to Cascadel Woods. While credit is always due to ...

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Hiking up the Glacier Canyon Trail to Dana Plateau

From the tippy top of Dana Plateau, we were looking straight down at Mono Lake and the Tioga Road. Beautiful wildflowers lined the trail on the way up and we even saw a pika! Where: Ansel Adams Wilderness Area, Inyo National Forest Distance: 5.69 Miles Difficulty: Strenuous Elevation Range: 9,654′ – 11,651′ Date: August 28, 2017 Maps: Falls Ridge and ...

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The History Mystery #56

On the Jan. 15, 1939, Southern Pacific Railroad Schedule there is a stop between Knowles and Knowles Junction off the Raymond train called Hillside, not Hills Pride, like the bar in Knowles, Hillside. In several references, including a 1934 Madera County map, Hillside is listed in an article about Alexander McGilvray, who ran the McGilvray Quarry until 1928 when the ...

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Larry’s Blog: Granite Creek And Clover Meadow

Where’s Granite Creek? Clover Meadow? Way up past Mammoth Pool Reservoir and almost to the wilderness boundary separating Sierra National Forest from the east side of the Sierra’s Mammoth Mountain. Granite Creek Campground Clover Meadow Campground Accessible from either Beasore Road or Mammoth Pool Road. Beasore Road turns into dirt above Grizzly Road and it takes a bend East. Beasore ...

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Mariposa Arts Camp Song Benefits Fire Recovery

MARIPOSA — Click through and give a listen to this song these kids and their mentor have recorded while we defy you to not crack a smile. Make sure you listen all the way through for the full flavor. During the final day of the Mariposa County Arts Council’s Summer Art Camp Academy, camp kids used their creative potential to give ...

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