• Field Trip

    Day Trip! Bald Mountain exploring

    by  • November 19, 2016 • Field Trip, Sierra Foothills

    2016-11 Bald Mountain 4WD

    Call of the Wild! Attention, Four Wheel drivers… The view from the top of Bald Mountain, looking down on Shaver Lake is astonishing and awe-inspiring.  The summit where the fire lookout stands is one of the highest places you can drive in the Sierra National Forest! Check out our four wheeling day up on Bald Mountain and the...

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    Corn lilies of Beasore Meadow

    by  • May 30, 2016 • Field Trip, Native plants

    Corn lily or Skunk cabbage?  I find out… A wildflower walk yields a new name and an interesting plant to photograph up in the high country near Jones’s Store in Beasore Meadow. Travel from Bass Lake, California, up Beasore Road, opposite the Pines Village, and you’ll be in the high country within 40 minutes....

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    For the love of Iris

    by  • April 2, 2016 • Field Trip, Plant Profiles

    Historic Iris

    A gardener’s April day trip On a recent visit to Coarsegold, California, I stopped by the Hillside Iris Farm of Bill Tyson, just before the peak bloom.   His farm is open to the public just during the month of April when Iris are in full bloom and ready to order by color and shape.  You choose the...

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    Grinding holes in the Sierra Foothills

    by  • September 23, 2015 • Field Trip, Sierra Foothills

    Grinding holes

    Looking into the Sierra Foothill’s past Generations ago —women would gather at these spots to grind their acorn meats. “That’s where they would go get to work. That’s their kitchen — they would keep that very clean,” “You’ll find different holes at different depths. Traditionally, they like a shallower hole to pound the acorn...

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    Finding Seven Rock

    by  • August 4, 2015 • Field Trip, Sierra Foothills

    Seven 7 rock

    Locating a local landmark 7 Rock is a landmark referred to in the coverage of the recent Willow Fire, smoldering now, as this is written. Just where is 7 rock? ‘7 Rock’ is a granite formation surrounded by green pine trees, high on a mountain in the Sierra national Forest. It can be found...

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    In praise of Intermountain Nursery

    by  • October 8, 2014 • CA natives, Field Trip

    Intermountain-Nursery

    Celebrating a fine nursery… Have you been here?  I hope so! We are very fortunate to have a nursery nearby that purchases and grows plants that are perfect for our foothill gardens.  Besides having a wide variety of California native and drought tolerant Mediterranean plants, Bonnie Bladen, her husband Ray Laclergue and their staff...

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    Riding the High Country

    by  • December 13, 2011 • Fall, Field Trip, Sierra Foothills

     “Hmmm. Wonder where that goes?” My husband says as we pass by a hidden trail heading into the forest.  Those are familiar words to me and a joy to him as a new trail is a treat to explore with his friends where they’ll find new routes long ago forgotten through the spectacular Sierra...

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    Lewis Creek: The Wildflowers

    by  • June 1, 2011 • Field Trip, Sierra Foothills, Spring

    Lewis Creek is about 7 miles south of Yosemite National Park, CA. The trail all along it with the flowers,waterfalls and natural beauty are a lovely alternative to visiting the Park if you have limited time, or if you want to avoid crowds, or if the roads are snowy in the Spring. I described the trail...

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