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The Bigger The Waterfall, The Better The Firefall

YOSEMITE – People were gathered around this time last year, waiting, talking and laughing – then the crowd began to settle down. We were amateurs among professionals, but no one seemed to mind, as a hush fell on the crowd looking out at Horsetail Fall. Colors began to change on the cliffs, as light played with water, and in the ...

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Birding at Eastman Lake Through April

MADERA COUNTY – Birding enthusiasts or nature lovers in general are invited to head over to Eastman Lake on the second Saturday of each month through April for a chance to spot numerous species of birds. Eastman Lake, located in the foothills of Madera County almost equidistant between the city of Madera and the town of Coarsegold, is home to ...

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Alaska and the Kenai Peninsula

We had traveled almost 3000 miles from our home in Oakhurst, CA in an old Toyota 4-Runner, which we had converted into our home on wheels, but we made it! We were officially in Alaska! We crossed the border at about 10:30 that morning and came into the town of Tok at 1:00 in the afternoon. We stopped at the ...

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An Excellent Weekend Road Trip!

Visit America’s Newest National Park The Pinnacles National Monument, now called The Pinnacles National Park, was just signed into law as America’s 59th National Park. The bill was sent from Congress and signed by Mr. Obama on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. The Park is located in the Coast Ranges near Hollister, CA. Theodore Roosevelt first designated this Park a National ...

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Alaska Or Bust!

“Anchorage 3067 miles ahead”, or at least that is what our GPS informed us when we pulled out of our driveway on a warm September afternoon. As we drove through Ahwahnee, my husband pulled out the mp3 player and surprised me with one of the new songs he downloaded for our journey. “North to Alaska. They’re goin’ North, the rush ...

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Free Entry To Yosemite On Martin Luther King Day

YOSEMITE – The waterfalls are spectacular and admission is free to Yosemite National Park on Monday, Jan. 21, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Yosemite has experienced a magnificent winter thus far, with an abundance of snowfall throughout the park. The floor of Yosemite Valley is blanketed in snow and Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Fall, Vernal Fall and other ...

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Local Christmas Bird Counts Successful

Annual Christmas bird counts last month in Mariposa, Oakhurst and Yosemite yielded fewer birds than last year, yet organizers of the three local events nonetheless judged them successful–and, as always, fun! The counts were part of the National Audubon Society’s 113th Christmas Bird Count, an annual avian census held between Dec. 14, 2012 and Jan. 5, 2013. Begun on Christmas ...

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Winter Fun In Your Own Backyard – Yosemite Adventures

Yosemite is magnificent in winter, and there is a host of things to do and see during those months when we practically have the place to ourselves. Whether you’re flying down the slopes at Badger Pass on skis, traipsing through the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias on snowshoes, or capturing the perfect photo of the light on Horsetail Falls, there’s ...

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Badger Pass Opens For Downhill

YOSEMITE – It’s time to hit the slopes! Badger Pass opens its downhill operations for the season on Friday, Dec. 21. The tubing hill and terrain parks will not open until they get more snow, which may come as early as Friday. Badger Pass Ski Area is located inside Yosemite National Park on Glacier Point Road. Click for a map.

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