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Meadow or Field: Nature-Watching at Yosemite

According to nps.gov, a 'meadow is an ecosystem type composed of one or more plant communities dominated by herbaceous species. It supports plants that use surface water and/or shallow ground water.’ Meadows support many diverse species, and can be indicators of the health of the hydrology of a watershed. For example, Tuolumne Meadows, the large… Continue reading Meadow or Field: Nature-Watching at Yosemite

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Tioga Road Trails

Sami walking along Tenaya Lake off California 120 My favorite entrance to Yosemite National Park is consistently the eastern entrance, about 12 miles from Lee Vining on California 120, the Tioga Road. This road is in the High Sierra, and connects U.S. 395 to Yosemite National Park. The road continues west into the park and… Continue reading Tioga Road Trails

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Follow Me to Tuolumne

Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center 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… Continue reading Follow Me to Tuolumne

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Yosemite National Park

Just two weeks ago from time of writing, the girls and I were up in 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… Continue reading Yosemite National Park