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Into the Valley

"It is by far the grandest of all the special temples of Nature I was ever permitted to enter." - John Muir There are few things in life that have had the power to bring me to tears on first sight; those special and sacred moments have generally been reserved for the births of my… Continue reading Into the Valley

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Follow Me to Tuolumne

One of my favorite areas of Yosemite National Park is Tuolumne Meadows. It is less visited than the Valley but is a jewel along Highway 120. This alpine meadow at 8600 feet above sea level in the High Sierra is a place wide open and green, with views of the mighty Sierras, and calming to… Continue reading Follow Me to Tuolumne

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Yosemite National Park

Just two weeks ago, the girls and I took a trip up to Yosemite while the boys were on their Sierra backpacking trip. It was the first visit for Sami and a second for Emily and myself. We spent two days at the park, and while a beautiful time, it wasn't nearly enough time to… Continue reading Yosemite National Park

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Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

Nestled in the Inyo National Forest not far from the California-Nevada border and the Eastern Sierras grow the ancient bristlecone pines. In the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, these Pinus longaeva trees grow in the harsh nutrient-poor, dolomite-rich soil, along with limber pines. The ancient bristlecones have stood the test of time and are some of the oldest… Continue reading Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

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Henninger Flat Photos and a Word of Caution

Move over super bloom. After about 12 consecutive weeks of hiking the trail leading to Henninger Flats above Altadena, CA, I have a nice collection of photos to share. The unusually wet rainy season has given us some spectacular wildflowers even on a sun-drenched trail as the days have been getting warmer. I have very… Continue reading Henninger Flat Photos and a Word of Caution