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Escape to Yosemite Valley for the Day

Friends were visiting and it was an excellent excuse to take a day trip into Yosemite Valley, taking in the gorgeous views along the way and having an elegant lunch with friends at the Ahwahnee Hotel. The afternoon winds coaxed Bridalveil Fall to dance for me.   Lunch with friends at the Ahwahnee Hotel was a nice experience and someone ...

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Yosemite National Park To Host 7th Annual Adaptive Climbing Program

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park to host the 7th Annual Adaptive Climbing Program on Tuesday (Sept. 10) for disabled veterans. WHAT: Yosemite National Park and Paradox Sports are honoring all of those lost on September 11th and our U.S. Service members by hosting a special adaptive climbing program for disabled veterans during the week of September 11. Paradox Sports is a Boulder, ...

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Hiking up to Lower Dana Lake

We had planned on visiting all 5 or so of the Dana Lakes then heading up to Dana Plateau to exit but that didn’t happen as planned. We did make it to the lower lake after hiking up through the boulders to hike under the brightly colored mountains and rocks below towering Mount Dana. Where: Ansel Adams Wilderness, Inyo National ...

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Wandering up Yosemite’s Mono Pass Trail

Some days things just don’t go as planned. But we eventually made it to our hiking adventure along the Mono Pass Trail, wandering the mountains in search of beautiful flowers and reflections in the water. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: About 9 Miles (but you can go as far as you wish) Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous Elevation Range: 9,596′ – ...

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Hiking 20 Lakes Loop with Sally

The Twenty Lakes Loop trail led my dog Sally and I along beautiful lakes in the Hoover Wilderness. Lakes and tarns reflected snow covered mountains and those columbine were blooming like crazy! Where: Inyo National Forest, Hoover Wilderness Distance: 9 Miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevation Range: 10,094′ – 10,360′ Date: August 6, 2019 Maps: Falls Ridge and June Lake Topographic Quads ...

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Mariposa Museum Presents Part 7 Of Their Speaker Series Featuring “A History of Rock Climbing In Yosemite Valley”

Mountain climber with blue mountains in the background.

Big-wall first ascensionist Steve Bosque and his long time apprentice, Kevin Deweese will be giving a presentation at the Mariposa Museum on Saturday, August 24 at 6 pm. The event is Part 7 of the Speaker Series featuring “A History of Rock Climbing in Yosemite Valley.” Mentorship in the Yosemite Valley big-wall scene creates a sense of continuity between generations. ...

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Wildflowers, Pika and Sally at Saddlebag Lake

Pika, those furry little critters that are too cute for words, greeted my dog Sally and me on our first day camping at Saddlebag Lake as we took a short walk along the east side of the lake to check out the beautiful wildflowers. Where: Hoover Wilderness, Inyo National Forest Distance: About 1.5 miles (but you can go farther) Elevation ...

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