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Hiking to Spillway and Helen Lakes

I love to hike up the Mono Pass Trail. There is something about those views of Mono Pass, up Parker Pass and Kuna Crest that make me feel like I am on top of the world. But clouds make it extra special, casting shadows on those multi-colored mountains, changing the colors with every cloud. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 10.22 ...

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Log Truck Driver Saves Lives By Risking His Own

O’NEALS — A log truck driver may have saved lives today when he drove his truck off the road to avoid crashing the 70,000-pound vehicle into a line of stopped cars on Highway 41. Terry Jacobs, driving for Willis Logging Company of North Fork, had picked up a load on Sky Ranch Road (Road 632) near Calvin Crest this morning, ...

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Forward Progress Stopped On Cornerstone Fire Near YLP

COARSEGOLD – Quick work by firefighters saved the homes of several residents along Road 400 on the west side of Yosemite Lakes Park this afternoon. At 3:48 p.m., resources were dispatched to the fire on Cornerstone Court off of Road 400. The first unit at scene reported the fire at about 1/2 acre with a moderate rate of spread, burning ...

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Hiking with Sally to Conness Lakes

I love to hike up to the glacial fed Conness Lakes above Saddlebag Lake. I don’t know how the colors of the lake’s waters magically change from green to turquoise to deep blue before my eyes, so magic is the best explanation I can come up with. Where: Harvey Monroe Hall Research Natural Area, Hoover Wilderness, Inyo National Forest Distance: ...

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Day Trip To Whisky Falls

We encourage you locals to get out and enjoy your backyard, the Sierra National Forest. One of our favorite day trips is a drive up to Whisky Falls, just less than an hour from North Fork. We recently made two trips up to the Falls. First was to take my cousin Bev from Kansas and the second some friends of ...

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Winery-Sage: Tasting In Tuscany

Wine tasting in Tuscany has been a decades-long goal of Karen’s and mine, so when we finally got to Tuscany we knew we’d be spending some time in a winery. The interesting part is that, in Tuscany, Chianti reigns supreme. But in our little corner of heaven — San Gimignano — a curious wine grape called Vernaccia is the queen (it ...

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Loggers Jamboree At North Fork Rec Center This Weekend

NORTH FORK – The annual Mid-Sierra Loggers Jamboree returns to the North Fork Rec Center this weekend, July 7 and 8. Sponsored by the North Fork Boosters, this is the 59th year for this much-anticipated event, paying tribute to the loggers of times past and those who are still keeping the tradition alive today. “Participants in the Jamboree help us ...

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Fire Destroys Home On Deadwood Mountain Near Oakhurst

OAKHURST – It took nearly an hour for firefighters to gain access to a structure fire burning near the top of Deadwood Mountain south of Oakhurst last night. Just after 9 p.m., people in Oakhurst began calling 911 because they could see flames on the side of the mountain. Eight Cal Fire engines, two dozers, two ground crews and a ...

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Hiking from Tioga Road to Devil’s Dance Floor

I had never hiked to the top of the Devil’s Dance Floor. I had tried but failed last year but we succeeded this year! We headed off trail and reached the top, a huge granite flat rock that looks like an aircraft carrier deck with views of Foresta, Bridalveil Fall and beyond! Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 8.80 Miles Elevation ...

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