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Happening Now: 2nd Annual ARTober In Oakhurst

OAKHURST – Visit Yosemite | Madera County once again partners with the art community of Oakhurst to present ARTober in Oakhurst, a month dedicated to celebrating arts and culture throughout the area. ARTober encourages collaboration and participation from artists, musicians, writers, venues, foodies, and others to showcase all things arts and culture. The events are designed to encourage people to ...

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Boo-Ya! 4th Annual Oakhurst Scarecrow Contest

OAKHURST — You may notice things around town looking a little more spooktacular than usual this time of year. That’s because the fine folks at Branches Books & Gifts have once again invited the community to participate in the month-long, annual Oakhurst Scarecrow Contest running through October right up to Halloween on the 31st. The friendly competition is open to all — ...

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Escape to Utah: Hiking in Capitol Reef National Park to Cassidy Arch

Colorful uplifted ancient canyons and mountains that used to be rivers, swamps, deserts and oceans make up Capitol Reef National Park. As I rounded every bend of the trail, it revealed a slice of geologic history through millions of years. It also revealed beauty unlike anything I had seen. Where: Capitol Reef National Park Distance: 10.49 Miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevation ...

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Lisa Wobler: Working On A Dream

OAKHURST — I was hesitant to leave the ocean after 32 years to move to the mountains, but two-and-a-half years later, I could not be more happy with my decision. I have found my home. We moved to Oakhurst in November of 2015 from Del Mar, California. As Bruce Springsteen says, “I am working on a dream.” Great song, too. I’ve ...

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Hiking to the Headwaters of the East Fork of Chiquito Creek

Sometimes hikes don’t go as planned, creating an unexpected fun adventure. A pretty little lake, beautiful end of September wildflowers and a one of a kind view all made this hike a winner. Where: Ansel Adams Wilderness, Sierra National Forest Distance: 7.08 Miles Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous Elevation Range: 8,040′ – 9,612′ Date: September 17, 2018 Maps: Merced Peak Topographic ...

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Spactacular Colors As Fall Settles Into The Sierra

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE — The colors of fall in the Sierra are spectacular, without comparison — perhaps especially so in the foothills. This time a year ago we had a wee bit of rain, just enough of a taste to make the mouth water. Now, until the forecast changes, we’ll have to settle for the beautifully changing light, and put those ...

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Survivor Of Head-On Crash Says Thank You To First Responders

OAKHURST – Every day our first responders provide aid and comfort to people who may be going through the worst experience of their lives. But after pulling someone from a burning building or cutting them out of a horrific wreck, as in this case, they rarely get to learn what became of those whose lives they helped to save. Today, ...

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Escape to Utah: Cedar Breaks National Monument

I was heading to Utah for a horse camping trip and wisely planned a little extra time for adventure along my way to Torrey. I had been thinking about driving through some country that I hadn’t been to so headed from Cedar City over Hwy 14 to Cedar Breaks National Monument. That drive over was gorgeous but Cedar Breaks with ...

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This is Us: Carolyn Mather

I’ve always had a love of the outdoors. Mom got me into garden club when we lived in Bermuda when I was nine. I got my garden badge when I was a Girl Scout. My dad was also a fisherman so I fished with him all the time. Even deep sea fishing. My dad was also a big hiker. We started ...

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Dash Across Tioga Pass To The Eastern Sierra

MOUNTAIN AREA — We decided to do something different this weekend, so the hubs and I took off from our home in Coarsegold on Saturday morning for a quick trip over Tioga Pass to see what we could find. Typically, we are reservation-type people, but on this particular jaunt over to the Eastern Sierra, we decided to play it by ...

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