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Tony Krizan

Our ever changing wilderness

On the first day of November I decided to revisit the Thornberry Mountain area above Oakhurst, and area that for many years was an ideal location for my personal conditioning for summer backpacking trips.

Tony Krizan

Snaffle Bit Tree survived the fire

With fires being the center of attention within the state of California, my curiosity into these catastrophic events led me to Yosemite National Park. Over the years I’ve hiked many of the parks historic trails. One area that offers the hiker choices of trails into her wilderness is Wawona. Even though the 2017 fires burnt most of this area, some of the trees and ground cover survived.

Tony Krizan

Early fall snow hiking

Today is the second day of our fall season and just four days earlier we experienced a fall snow. The mountains in and around Yosemite National Park displayed its first dress of white. It’s been quite a few years since I’ve trekked through an early fall snow, so Conness Lakes which is above Saddlebag Lake is the destination for three hikers. Clem Bingham, Fred Cochran and I are ready for this new fall snow experience.

Gregg Dodderidge

The Badger version of ‘The Drive’

For those who made the long trip to Bishop, and there were quite a few, it was so worth it. The sights of Yosemite and Tioga Pass made for a beautiful drive. Getting to Highway 395 was great, and on the way I summoned my inner Tony Krizan and hiked the Mono Pass Trail - great for the soul.

Tony Krizan

Yosemite’s Hidden Falls

We departed from Oakhurst at 8 a.m. to hike another one of Yosemite’s many trails. Sharing this hike was the Sierra Senior Hiking Group led by Meredith Meehan. She wanted to share this new hiking adventure which her family and close friends have enjoyed for decades. It’s called Hidden Falls and its name was appropriate, because the last half mile of this eight mile round trip hike was similar to a cross-country trek.

Tony Krizan

Hiking into history

Last year on Sept. 29, Clem Bingham and I set out on an adventure to relocate a military mystery. From previous research, this lone aircraft was assumed to have been removed from this site back in 1941. As the story reads: On Oct. 24, 1941, 19 P-40 aircraft were on a training mission over California. Lieutenant John H. Pease was the first of five to develop engine problems and forced to bail out. He survived and his bird was forgotten, lost to the importance of WWII.

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