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2020’s good news happened outdoors

2020’s good news happened outdoors

As the coronavirus sent people running for cover last spring, Joe Owen ran to help others. The Danville soccer coach trotted up Mount Diablo (13 miles and 3,400 feet…

Bring on the map makeover

Bring on the map makeover

Before thousands of climbers ascended Mount Whitney every year, a group of Buffalo Soldiers reached the summit in 1903. The first African Americans to climb the mountain also built its…

“Love the park you’re near”

“Love the park you’re near”

Blue-green water greets me again as I start my run around Castro Valley’s Lake Chabot. Every time I run the nine-mile lap around it, I try to…

The Marmot

The Marmot

The marmot lies on gray rock, a mass of skin and soft fur; he rests, soaks up sun. He wears a blanket of his own silvery-brown comfort, glinting in…

Remember the Sky

Remember the Sky

Remember the river? Your toes curl over slippery rocks, soft gush twists through the valley bound by sprouted grass, thin strokes shivering in the breeze. Remember the mountains? Enormous bodies…

Amazing trail, amazing people

Amazing trail, amazing people

John Muir Trail hikers rave about its extraordinary scenery, but perhaps for once we should rave about its extraordinary hikers. Among this year’s class are U.S. Army Sgt…

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…

Plastic: not fantastic for Earth, wildlife or us

Plastic: not fantastic for Earth, wildlife or us

Would it be possible to go a full day without using any plastic? For the majority of us across the world, the answer is no. There are little things you…

“Fool’s gold” can forge golden memories

“Fool’s gold” can forge golden memories

We reached the foot of the mountain early, which should have tipped us off; climbing trips never go ahead of schedule. But the summit looked inviting and achievable, so the…