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NatureBridge Summer Backpacking Program For Teens

YOSEMITE — NatureBridge, the largest residential environmental education partner of the National Park Service, leads life-changing backpacking programs for high school students in Yosemite and Olympic National Parks each summer. These one-week and two-week programs offer the perfect mix of backpacking, science, and adventure and give participants the opportunity to conduct field science investigations in two of the most iconic ...

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The History Mystery #63

The Mariposa Indian War, Campaign from 13 April to 2 May, 1851. The question is to more accurately locate where this particular skirmish took place. The map indicates that it took place along the banks of Fine Gold Creek, somewhere close to Fine Gold Gulch. The text of the report indicates that it was on the Little San Joaquin River. ...

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Not Snowshoeing Tamarack Ridge SNO-PARK Area

We did not snowshoe Tamarack Ridge but we carried our snowshoes all day thinking that we would. We headed up above Shaver Lake to find well packed snow and once we left the main trails, that snow was pristine and untouched by people. Where: Tamarack Ridge SNO-PARK, Sierra National Forest Distance: 5.82 miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevational Range: 7,354′ to 7,800′ ...

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Larry’s Blog: East Coast And Vietnam Memorial

Editor’s note: this is the fifth installment of Larry’s Blog about the epic motorhome trip he took with partner in crime Sue and Corgi dog Maggie May  — 10 Weeks, 34 States, 14,000 Miles And Still Married.  We resume with Larry on the East Coast.  Hated to leave Maine as it was awesome, but further East Coast adventures awaited us. Of ...

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Yosemite Painter Thomas Hill, “Yosemite’s Artist”

Written by Dave Hubbard – Yosemite painter Thomas Hill lived in Wawona just outside of Yosemite Valley. Yosemite was a favorite subject, and over time he became known as “Yosemite’s Painter.” Hill was born in Birmingham, England, in 1829, and moved to the United States at the age of 15. During his early travels in his new home he became ...

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Uplifting Lip Dub: Minarets Single-Take On Positivity

​O’NEALS — Every year Minarets High School participates in a school-wide Lip Dub. What is a Lip Dub, you might ask? It combines lip syncing and audio dubbing to make a music video, done in a single unedited shot throughout multiple buildings and locations. It’s been a Minarets tradition since 2012 as a way to bring the entire campus together, ...

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Snowshoeing at the Coyote SNO-PARK Area

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You never really know how long March snow will stick around. I did know that snow was up in our local mountains, plenty of it to snowshoe on, so we packed up our ride with 5 hikers, our snowshoes and headed for the SNO-PARK areas above Shaver Lake. Where: Coyote SNO-PARK, Sierra National Forest Distance: 5.89 miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevational Range: ...

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Tuolumne Winter Conditions Update March 21

YOSEMITE — Tuolumne Winter Rangers Laura and Rob Pilewski’s latest blog from Yosemite National Park, for Mar. 21, 2018 — the first report of spring. New snow:  33 inches Total settled snow depth: 38 inches (at 8,600 feet) High temperature: 37°F (March 19) Low temperature:  -9°F (March 18) Ski Conditions and Weather  Although the calendar stated that spring had sprung, Mother Nature realized ...

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