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Author: Charlie Pankey

Backpacking Off Trail in Yosemite National Parks Cathedral Range

Adventure Review of 3 day backpacking adventure to Nelson, Matthes, Echo and Cathedral Lakes in Yosemite National Park Going off trail on any adventure can be exciting for many explorers. But going off trail in Yosemite National Park brings an euphoria of emotions. Ok so I don't want to over do it on emotions for [...]

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Public Safety Announcement Dangerous Blue-Green Algae Toxins Detected in Multiple Alpine County Lakes

Lake Users Advised to avoid Water Contact at Red Lake and Indian Creek Reservoir The Alpine County Health Department has been working with The Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (Red Lake), South Tahoe Public Utility District (Indian Creek Reservoir), and the Alpine Watershed Group (AWG) in determining that [...]

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Celebrate Smokey Bear’s 75 birthday with the Forest Service!

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – August 9, 2019, marks the 75th birthday of our beloved icon, Smokey Bear. The USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, in coordination with our partners at Great Basin Institute and Heavenly Mountain Resort, will host two events in celebration of Smokey’s 75th birthday. A birthday celebration will be held at 1 [...]

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South Lake Tahoe Unites With Western Mountain Towns to Launch Pledge for the Wild

Program has tourism partners defining a shared set of common values, language, and tools to support and fund responsible tourism in outdoor places (SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif./Nev.) – With travelers around the globe buzzing about sustainable tourism and responsible recreation, five U.S. mountain towns are taking the conversation to the next level and making it easier for [...]

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park Institute Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in Effect August 5, 2019

SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. August 1, 2019– Due to decreasing fuel moistures, increase in temperatures, and increased fuel loading due to late season rains in the Kaweah River drainage, along with current moderate-high fire danger and entering into the hottest part of the year, fire danger is even more of a concern. Therefore, Stage [...]

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Yosemite National Park Debuts New App That Helps Visitors Explore the Park

A new app by Yosemite National Park and Yosemite Conservancy makes it easier to plan a visit and explore Yosemite National Park. “This app features incredible content about what to see and do in Yosemite in different areas of the park during all seasons,” said Yosemite National Park Superintendent Michael Reynolds. “It’s a great tool intended to enrich visitors’ [...]

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HOT AUGUST NIGHTS, AMERICA’S PREMIER CLASSIC CAR EVENT RETURNS FOR ITS 33RD YEAR

Northern Nevada shifts into high gear in preparation for America’s premier classic car event Hot August Nights-the largest classic car and nostalgic festival in the county- descends upon the region with more than 6,000 vintage vehicles this August. The 10-day celebration commences in the historic mining town of Virginia City, Nev. on Friday, Aug. 2 to [...]

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Hiking Lyell Canyon And The JMT Out Of Tuolumne Meadows

Yosemite National Park - I recently posted a list of the top 10 Day hikes off Tioga Pass and in reviewing that list I realized I had never hiked one of the most famed sections of trail in the Upper East Yosemite corridor, Lyell Canyon and the John Muir Trail (JMT) section to Donahue Pass. [...]

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Military Aircraft Crash in Death Valley Closes Popular Vista

Father Crowley Vista Point parking area is closed. Death Valley NPS - July 31, 2019 - Father Crowley Vista Point parking area is closed due to a military aircraft crash. Expect delays on Highway 190, and avoid the area so emergency responders can conduct their work safely. According to Navy Report a F/A-18E Super Hornet [...]

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Lassen Volcanic Announces Special Events Through September

Lassen Volcanic National Park is offering numerous special events this summer season. The season concludes with free entrance in celebration of National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 28.“Events like the Dark Sky Festival and Discover Lassen provide opportunities for visitors to learn something new or expand their appreciation of the park,” said Superintendent Jim [...]

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Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest Returns to The Village at Squaw Valley® August 10-11

Annual fundraising festival supporting the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe returns for 18th year Olympic Valley, Calif. - July 19, 2019 —This summer, The Village at Squaw Valley will host the 18th annual Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest. The family-friendly weekend is filled with the melodic sounds of jazz tunes set in the European-inspired Village at Squaw Valley. [...]

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