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Yosemite ranger reflects on “the most beautiful place in the world”

Yosemite ranger reflects on “the most beautiful place in the world”

Shelton Johnson, an interpretive ranger who’s educated visitors to Yosemite National Park for more than 24 years, shared these thoughts and insights in a special interview with Hayate Moro…

Yosemite first-timer had “a really great experience”

Yosemite first-timer had “a really great experience”

I’m hanging off the side of a rock ready to take my next steps up and not fall. I look down at the ground far below. The only thing…

Calaveras Big Trees provides worthy winter treks

Calaveras Big Trees provides worthy winter treks

Do you often wonder why your friends and family don’t love cross country skiing as you do? More than once, my wife and I have tried to introduce the…

Noble Canyon hike provides perfect getaway

Noble Canyon hike provides perfect getaway

I completed this hike on Labor Day, a wonderful time of the year to be in the Ebbetts Pass area. The trailhead is located in wide impressive canyon. The trail…

Get inspired at Inspiration Point

Get inspired at Inspiration Point

My wife and I had spent a good part of the morning trying to find the trail head to Duck Lake near Lake Alpine but the snow (still plentiful in…

Skiing the Yosemite Border from June Lake to Badger Pass

Skiing the Yosemite Border from June Lake to Badger Pass

“Which way is it?” I tipped my head up towards the wall that loomed west of the parking lot. “Ok.” Mom shook her head. I gave her a hug, feeling…

Favorite five Tahoe backpacking trips

Favorite five Tahoe backpacking trips

Here is a subjective list of the best introductory overnight backpacking trips in Tahoe but, be forewarned, all of these involve significant elevation gain even if the mileage is relatively…

Ebbetts Pass: “pleasurable and memorable”

Ebbetts Pass: “pleasurable and memorable”

Some of my best trips have been the result of aborted expeditions and the thereafter. Such was our late autumn hike to to Kinney Lake. Our original plan was to…

How the other half lives in Yosemite

How the other half lives in Yosemite

When my wife and I carried our bags down the red carpet into a plush lobby, I could still hardly believe it. In all the years we had visited Yosemite…

Musings of a Mono Lake kayaker

Musings of a Mono Lake kayaker

As I set my kayak down with a crunch on the rough sheets of limestone in a few inches of salty water, I disturbed a furious cloud of tiny black…