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Lisa’s List: Three Motivational Thoughts

“A pattern can be called a pattern only if it has been applied to a real world solution at least three times,” according to the rule of three. The power of three is universal, representing body, mind and soul. From three piece suits to tricycles and BLTs, wonderful things come in threes. And, as it turns out, if you try something three times ...

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Hiking to Stevenson Falls

It has been a couple of years since I hiked to Stevenson Falls and am revisiting this hike from 2016 because this is the perfect time of the year to go .  . . plus I didn’t have another blog ready for this Sunday. I have updated it a bit from the original blog and reformatted some of the pictures. ...

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How to Locate Really Local Weather Information

I thought you might like to know what I do to determine the weather for the day, whether I am hiking or just hanging out. I have a bit of a routine and there is no need to keep it a secret in case it might help you. I have several weather pages set to open on my start tabs ...

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Snowshoeing to Dewey Point during the Government Shutdown

The Federal Government shutdown made it a bit harder for us to get up to Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area (Badger Pass) after a good storm that deposited lots of snow but we were determined to get up there and check out the tremendous views from Dewey Point. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 7.57 Miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevational Range: 7,234′ ...

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Visit Yosemite Madera County: January Is Restaurant Month

MOUNTAIN AREA — Here’s a tasty and timely reminder: throughout January, local businesses are celebrating California Restaurant Month. California is the number one food destination for travelers in America, according to Visit California. In January, a handful of mountain restaurants are offering prix fixe menus and specials at affordable prices to encourage visitors to dine out in different restaurants. “Restaurant Month ...

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The History Mystery #71

In our historic photos files at the Sierra Historic Sites Association (SHSA) research library, we found this photograph, with very little information. On the back there is a note that says: “Picnic at ‘Blue-Bell’ on Taylor Mt. Grey ranch.” The name A. Burget is written on the front. Does anyone know where this “Blue Bell” was located, where the Grey ...

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Hiking Above Redinger Lake

A good post-holiday workout hike took us up a dirt road on the north side of Redinger Lake. Checking out the wildlife tracks along the way kept our minds occupied while we gained about 2,000 feet in 4.5 miles. Where: Sierra National Forest Distance: 9.19 Miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevation Range: 1,424′ to 3,314′ Date: January 4, 2019 Maps: Auberry Topographic ...

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Dozens Of Volunteers Keep Yosemite Experience Pristine

YOSEMITE — Dozens of volunteers have willingly descended on trails and walkways in one of the country’s busiest national parks to make sure that Yosemite remains pristine and beautiful through the government shutdown. Park employees, residents and volunteers from around the area turned out in droves today to pick up trash all along the public areas, even as park officials announced ...

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Foothills Representing At Tournament Of Roses Parade

MOUNTAIN AREA — While you’re snuggled on the couch New Year’s day, sporting new moose pajamas and fuzzy slippers, hot cuppa in hand and watching the Rose Parade on NBC or ABC at 8 a.m. — know that our local foothills are nicely represented by the efforts of a local service club, a group of students, and their chaperones. On ...

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My Ooooby Box is Here!!

My Ooooby box has arrived and it is like opening a present, discovering the wonderful fruits and vegetables that I will be feasting on for the next week or so. I have been getting my box full of fresh organic vegetables and fruit for several years. It was first owned by T.D. Willey, then he sold his community supported agriculture ...

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