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How Art Shapes Our Lives: Forestiere’s Underground Gardens

By Sal Maccarone — It is accepted knowledge that most artists function primarily from the right side of the brain. This means that sometimes they will approach a problem or challenge in ways that most people do not understand. Under a “right-brain” spell for pretty much my whole life, I know what it is like to leave others scratching their ...

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All Aboard! Historic Railroad Opens For The Season

FISH CAMP – The Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad opens this weekend and now, before the crowds of summer arrive, is a beautiful time to visit. Tickets are available starting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Apr. 6. Just 15 minutes from Oakhurst and 4 miles south of the entrance to Yosemite National Park, the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad offers ...

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Get A Little Ragtime In At Free Fresno Flats Concert

OAKHURST — Nothing like a little ragtime to put you in the mood for something sweet! We’re in luck: the Fresno Flats Historical Society will host a rousing ragtime concert on Saturday, May 4 at 5 p.m. in the Cunningham School House at Fresno Flats Historical Park. Ragtime is a musical style that enjoyed its peak popularity between 1895 and ...

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Free This Friday At Fresno Flats: Yosemite By Stage!

OAKHURST — Fresno Flats Historical Park and Museum (Sierra Historic Sites Association) invites the community to the Friday Free Lecture Series on  Jan. 11 at 6:30 p.m. For this first lecture of the year, the topic is based on the book, To Yosemite by Stage, written by Zelda Garey Dubel. Fresno Flats Board Member and local historian Brenda Negley will lead ...

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Leaf Peeping In Yosemite Valley

After chasing fall colors at higher elevations on the eastern side of the Sierra, I was curious how those fall colors were shaping up in Yosemite Valley. So, I hopped in the car and took a little drive. Where: Yosemite National Park Difficulty: Easy Elevation Range: 3,996′ – 4,184′ Date: October 30, 2018 Maps: El Capitan and Hetch Hetchy Reservoir ...

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The Secret Life of Scarecrows

I just returned from Utah with an unexpected adventure full of scarecrows! Why were so many scarecrows congregated in one place? Some were resting under a tree and some were showing off in full sun. Some were scary scarecrows. Some were cute scarecrows and some were just plain silly scarecrows. Each scarecrow was definitely unique. Who knew that scarecrows were ...

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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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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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Yosemite Mt. Sugar Pine Railroad Reopens After Namesake Fire

FISH CAMP – After more than three weeks without the sounds of the steam locomotive whistles in the forest south of Fish Camp, the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad will open the gates this Saturday, Sept. 23. When the Railroad Fire started on Aug. 29., just across the road from the popular destination, everyone was forced to evacuate with just ...

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The History Mystery #56

On the Jan. 15, 1939, Southern Pacific Railroad Schedule there is a stop between Knowles and Knowles Junction off the Raymond train called Hillside, not Hills Pride, like the bar in Knowles, Hillside. In several references, including a 1934 Madera County map, Hillside is listed in an article about Alexander McGilvray, who ran the McGilvray Quarry until 1928 when the ...

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