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National monuments–we all own them

On April 26 President Trump signed an executive order directing the Department of  the Interior to review National Monuments created within the past 20 years with an eye toward rescinding or downsizing them. The aim is to allow commercial development … Continue reading

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Sno-cone trees

The deep snows of January this year remind me of some winters at Montecito-Sequouia Lodge, where I lived and worked in the ski touring program. It lies at 7,200 feet elevation on the Generals Highway between Sequoia and Kings Canyon … Continue reading

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Space

View south from Monarch Divide, Kings Canyon National Park Standing on the crest of an 11-thousand foot ridge above the South fork of the Kings River, I look down toward the river, out of sight over 6,000 feet below. The … Continue reading

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The Earth is Moving

As we look across the landscape from a viewpoint, the earth seems to go on and on without a sense of curvature. However, we know that we actually are standing at one point on an immense sphere–much too large to … Continue reading

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The View from Gaylor Peak

While camped at Tuolumne Meadows this summer, I took the shuttle to Tioga Pass and climbed the steep trail west of the Pass toward Gaylor Lakes. Where the trail crosses the ridge above the lakes, I left the trail and … Continue reading

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Winter has come to the mountains!

Winter has come to the Sierra. Storm after storm has piled up snow, transforming the larger rocks and logs into smooth, graceful curves. Snow drapes over saplings, completely coating them and even temporarily bending some over more than 180 degrees. They’ll spring … Continue reading

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Immensity

The Tioga Road winds eastward toward Tuolumne Meadows, northeast of Yosemite Valley. Suddenly, rounding a turn the view opens up to the broad face of Clouds Rest and the improbable upthrust of Half Dome. At 8,400 feet above sea level, … Continue reading

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