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Hiking the Pa’san Ridge Trail

A fitness hike with flowers along the way were what called us to the San Joaquin River Gorge area. We had a time we wanted to beat but could we do it without being distracted by all of those beautiful wildflowers? And how could we do this hike safely amid the early days of our COVID-19 pandemic? Where: BLM, San ...

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Pet of the Week: Lola the Fluffy Dog

Picture of Pet of the Week Lola the Dog.

Hey there, I still need a home!!!!! Where have you been???? I’m Lola, a 9-year-old fluffy ball of sweetness. Remember me? My dad passed away and my canine brothers and I need homes. Can you believe nobody has come to meet me? I really am the girl of your dreams… Please call 559-683-1266.

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Virtual Tastings: Local Winery Adapts to Social Distancing

OAKHURST — “When the going gets tough, the tough come together. With new ways to appreciate the things we love. Like drinking wine.” Or so says the winemaker and owner of the Idle Hour Winery. Although, the tasting room at Idle Hour is temporarily closed for anything except bottle pick-ups and deliveries, “Friday night with the gang” at Idle Hour ...

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Pets of the Week: Yin and Yang

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We don’t know who Ying and Yang are, but we are sure we are just like them! We are a “real pair.” We are indoor kitties whose humans are moving. Sadly, that is why we need you….we can’t move with them. A quick call and a warm heart is all it will take, please call 559-683-1266.

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Hiking Hetch Hetchy to Rancheria Falls

It had been a couple of years since we hiked at Hetch Hetchy. This year didn’t give us super strong flowing waterfalls and it was a bit early for wildflowers but the hike gave us a good workout with beautiful views. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 11.50 Miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevation Range: 3,682′ to 4,470′ Date: March 5, 2020 Maps: Ackerson ...

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Circle Z Ranch Horseback Adventure: One Day of Riding

I rode 11 different rides in 7 days of horseback riding at the Circle Z Ranch out of Patagonia, Arizona. Each and every ride was different, some of the rides loping rides and some of them were walking rides. Some of them led us through gnarly canyons and others across grasslands. How could I pick just one to share with ...

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History Mystery #84: North Fork Lumber Mill Teepee Burner

Picture of a North Fork Lumber Mill teepee burner

By Don Grove This is a photograph of the teepee burner at the North Fork lumber mill. Sawdust and scraps of wood from the milling process were burned in the teepee burner. In the June 1951 newsletter of the Associated Lumber & Box Company sawmill — The American Eagle — the teepee burner and mill pond were operational. On what ...

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Circle Z Ranch Horseback Adventure: Ranch Life

I pulled on my cowboy boots, put my hat and chinks on, then rode the range along the Arizona/Mexican border. I was an Indian, a cowboy, an outlaw, a Spanish explorer and a miner for 7 days on my trusty steed Shawnee. When you are riding that beautiful country full of history, how can not dream of these things? When ...

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Yosemite Program Develops Future ‘Environmental Leaders’

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK—A company teaching environmental science in some of the world’s most spectacular classrooms is seeking junior high- and high school-age participants for its upcoming Summer Backpacking programs in Yosemite National Park. The one- and two-week programs are offered through NatureBridge, a San Franciscco-based nonprofit that provides environmental-oriented outdoor education programs open to students entering 7th-12th grade. Led in ...

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Hiking with Sally on the Stockton Creek Nature Preserve

Sally and I chose one of the coldest days this year to get out, hiking Stockton Creek Nature Preserve and we had those trails all to ourselves. Not too far from home, not too difficult, this hike was a short one. Where: Mariposa Public Utilities District, Sierra Foothill Conservancy, Stockton Creek Nature Preserve Distance: 2.83 Miles Difficulty: Easy to Moderate ...

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