In a week, my daughter, Jennie, and I will embark on a long-awaited journey. We will spend a month backpacking in the High Sierra on the John Muir Trail. With a few layover days that will allow for some side trips, our total trip mileage should be about 250 miles.
As our departure date looms, I am excited and nervous.
March Against Monsanto - Three Rivers
Saturday, May 23, noon, beginning at Three Rivers Arts Center
There will be a gathering this weekend in Three Rivers to show support for the labeling of foods in the U.S. that have come from a genetically modified organism (GMO). This grassroots effort is part of a nationwide March Against Monsanto that will occur simultaneously on Saturday, May 23.
This is the third installment about an upcoming mother-daughter thru-hike on the John Muir Trail.
THE PERMIT PROCESS
The John Muir Trail is one of the most spectacular hiking trails in the High Sierra. And it seems that everybody knows it.
HIKING THE JOHN MUIR TRAIL... MOSTLY
Part one of this article about an upcoming mother-daughter thru-hike on the John Muir Trail this summer appeared in the April 24, 2015, issue. It is also available on this Blog page.
John Muir’s legacy
PLANS UNDERWAY FOR A SIERRA SUMMER ADVENTURE
Last September at our 90-year-old cabin in the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park, I was enjoying my birthday weekend with friends. One evening, husband John pulled out his laptop and announced we would be having a movie night.
As the local newspaper, what we enjoy most about this weekend is being a part of the pure joy of so many folks who just keep coming back year after year to this unique small venue festival called Jazzaffair. Even the name Jazzaffair is unique — a throwback to another era just like the music that can be experienced at the festival’s four venues.
Question: Can you name the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment?
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I don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions but here’s one worth considering, especially for those folks over 50. Like most of us of that age and older, we spent a lot of time outdoors before sunscreen became required attire.
If that’s you, then you are at risk for basal cell carcinoma.
When I first noticed a small spot on my nose seven years ago, I really didn’t give it any serious thought. The seasonal pattern was always the same.
Alongside some waterfowl and perhaps venison, it’s possible that a wild turkey was part of the first Thanksgiving meal shared by the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag. After all, even though they were celebrating a successful harvest, it was still slim pickings at that table, especially in proportion to how we eat today.