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Show Your Love For #YosemiteNOW

OAKHURST – With the reopening of Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, Yosemite Gateway communities have come together with #YosemiteNOW campaign on social media, to show the world Yosemite’s icons remain unharmed from the fire and to encourage visitation that is vital to the region’s economic recovery. After thirty days of challenging fire and unhealthy air quality, Yosemite ...

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Sally and I Escaped the Smoke and Heat for a Few Days

Sally and I had reached a threshold where we just had to get out of the smoke and heat but with Hwy 41, 140, 120 and then 108 all closed to the eastern side, it was time get serious about our escape. So, we drove south down Hwy 99 to Bakersfield across Tehachapi and up 395. Smoke was following us ...

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Have A Healthy Happy Summer

When summer eating and drinking is out of control, it can take most of the fall to get back on track. You don’t have to deprive yourself this summer, but you can negotiate summer dining and parties without completely going off the rails. The barbecues, family vacations, and reunions — as well as all the other summer rituals that get us ...

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Mariposa Grove Of Giant Sequoias In Yosemite

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park, Yosemite Conservancy and public officials dedicated the newly-restored Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias on Thursday, June 14, following a landmark project to protect the ancient trees and reestablish the area’s natural serenity. “As the largest protection, restoration and improvement project in park history, this milestone reflects the unbridled passion so many people have to care ...

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The Song Of The River Ends Not At Her Banks

“The song of the river ends not at her banks, but in the hearts of those who have loved her.”  — Buffalo Joe MARIPOSA — The first time Steve ever set foot on the property, he didn’t really set foot. He was just a baby, one year old, riding on his father’s shoulders. That was nearly 70 years ago. Ever ...

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Escape with Mom to Capitola Beach for the Day

Nineteen days of heat and smoke from the Ferguson Fire had me looking for another short escape and adventure. Mom said she was was up for an adventure, so we headed to a place were she had spent some time but it was a long while back. It had been over 70 years since she spent a summer babysitting in ...

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This is Us: Judy DeRosa

“I was always an artist. When my mother wrote my name to help me learn it, I was more interested in the different colors than the letters. Although I’ve had various jobs, they’ve all centered around art or design. “I even taught art in a women’s prison. There was a program called Arts and Corrections and I really felt like ...

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Escape to Moss Landing for the Day

Adventures come in every shape and size and sometimes they are not really planned. My plan was to head up to Saddlebag Lake to do some camping but the Ferguson Fire blocked my easy route there. After living in heat and smoke for 6 days and glued to the fire updates, I needed to escape and came up with the ...

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A Teen’s Take On What To Do Around Yosemite’s South Gate

By Chase McGovern — MOUNTAIN AREA — “Teens will love it! I can tell you from experience, because I am one.” — Chase McGovern Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad If you are traveling to the South Gate of Yosemite, a great place to visit is the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad. It is an hour-long scenic journey through the Sierra ...

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This is Us: Ruth Rosenthal

“I think I was ten and a half. I wasn’t yet eleven because Pearl Harbor hit when I was eleven. I had had bad tonsils all my life but when my parents told me I needed them taken out I would cry, and that was the end of it. “One day I visited my neighbor who was warm and friendly. ...

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