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Hidden Views in Madera County

For part two of Owen's grand adventure weekend, we headed out of Yosemite National Park and southwest to Hensley Lake to a place called Hidden View Campground. Hensley Lake was formed in 1974 with the building of Hidden Dam on the Fresno River. The 1500-acre lake has a capacity of about 90000 acre-feet of water.… Continue reading Hidden Views in Madera County

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Bark Ranger Owen Reporting for Duty in Yosemite

We continued Owen's grand adventure this past weekend with a quick trip up to Yosemite National Park. This was Owen's first time to our favorite park, as well as his first time camping. Throughout the years of his outdoor adventures, he had never before done either of those activities, and we finally rectified that. We… Continue reading Bark Ranger Owen Reporting for Duty in Yosemite

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Meadow or Field: Nature-Watching at Yosemite

According to the National Park Service, 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… Continue reading Meadow or Field: Nature-Watching at Yosemite

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Yosemite Valley Views

It’s no secret how much my girls and I love visiting Yosemite National Park. There is no shortage of wonders to behold, and with literally hundreds of miles of trail to explore, it’s not a surprise that Yosemite is one of our favorite places in the world. The last time we visited the park, we… Continue reading Yosemite Valley Views

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Into the Yosemite 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 Yosemite Valley