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Snowshoeing at Tamarack Ridge

The recent snowfall was inviting us to our first showshoe adventure of the year. Except for the many animal tracks we could see in the snow, we had the place to ourselves. Where: Tamarack Ridge SNO-PARK, Sierra National Forest Distance: 4.8 miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevational Range: 7,446′ to 7,728′ Date: November 12, 2015 Maps: High Sierra Ranger District Winter Recreation Guide, Dinky Creek ...

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Leaf Peeping in Yosemite Valley

We couldn’t wait to get up to Yosemite Valley right after the last storm. We needed to check out the fall colors, reflections in the Merced River, those waterfalls and snow covered trees on the rim.  Plus, you never know what special surprise will be in store for us on our adventures. Difficulty: Easy Elevational Range: 3,880′ to 4,960′ Date: November 4, 2015 ...

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Two Photographers, 220 Miles On The John Muir Trail

By Scott Lange — Just after Labor Day we set out to capture night and day on the John Muir Trail, and the journey was a great one.  Like many, we chose to begin in Yosemite’s Tuolumne Meadows due to the easier conditions for obtaining a permit, and because we’ve already hiked the valley several times. Departing the day after ...

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Hiking with Sally up to the Hess Mine in the Tioga Pass Area

I had been looking at a dot on the topog map called the Hess Mine for a few years, walking all around that gorgeous area in the Hoover Wilderness and the 20 Lakes Loop Basin. Sally and I decided that it was time for us to walk around that area and learn more the mine and the people behind it. Where: Hoover Wilderness, ...

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Hiking up to Gardisky Lake and Tioga Peak

Fresh snow was calling and the best place I knew of to view snow covered peaks was in the Tioga Pass area. I wasn’t too sure about how much snow was up there, but our plan was to head up to Gardisky Lake then hike up to Tioga Peak to see the view. We had the snow and we had those views! ...

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Origami Fall and Christmas Decorations Workshop

OAKHURST – The Oakhurst Library is hosting a workshop presented by Carla Hyatt from Bakersfield. At the class, participants will make two sculpted Christmas wreaths and a Thanksgiving pumpkin. Carla will teach her audience how to use the ancient art of folding paper into various artistic shapes. Carla is a retired math teacher and often used origami to demonstrate mathematic ...

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Don’t Be Afraid To Support Your Local School

Written by Dylan Castleman — This year’s Minarets annual Haunted House will be held on Friday, Oct. 30, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Minarets Gym. There also will be a Trunk or Treat on the grass field outside of the gym. We are asking for donations of candy and seeking more participants for anyone interested in helping out. ...

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“The Goldman Project” Plays In Mariposa

MARIPOSA – The Mariposa County Arts Council’s Theatre Alliance and Merced Community College Community Services present “The Goldman Project,” on November 6, 7, 8, 12, and 13 at The Mariposa County Park Amphitheater. “The Goldman Project” is a three-character drama, which takes place within the confines of the Upper Manhattan apartment of Naomi Goldman, a 71-year-old Romanian-born widow. Naomi’s live-in ...

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25th Rotary Golf Celebrates Dale Miller

AHWAHNEE – Oakhurst Sierra Sunrise Rotary tees up on Saturday, Oct. 17 for their 25th Annual Golf Tournament at Sierra Meadows Golf Course. This year the tournament honors longtime community volunteer and friend, Dale Miller. Dale passed away in July. Money raised will go to Oakhurst Sierra Sunrise Rotary to support local charities, say organizers. “Locally, we support many different ...

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Rethinking River Creek

By Glenn Raggio — AHWAHNEE – Let’s set the record straight about two local golf courses, since there’s been ample discussion on the subject after it was announced last month that one of them would close permanently on October 31: we’re talking about Sierra Meadows closing, and River Creek taking up the slack. I own a house directly on the ...

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