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Gregg Dodderidge

Family caring for each other

I had a lot of fun attending the second annual Yosemite Shootout this past weekend. The tournament included 8 girls basketball teams, mostly from this area but one came from as far away as Colfax, north of Sacramento near Auburn.

Tony Krizan

Another forgotten aircraft located

Sometime during the summer of 1962 a small Piper Cub aircraft on a photo shoot of the Edison Lake area, crashed somewhere in the surrounding mountains. Both pilot and passenger survived but the aircraft was a total loss. Over time this historic aircraft’s location was forgotten and another mountain mystery was born.

Gregg Dodderidge

Badger teams enjoy success

It has been an exciting fall season for Yosemite High sports with Badger volleyball, girls golf, and girls water polo all took home league titles and then some. The Badger football program while independent made it to the D-V semi-finals.

Tony Krizan

The Mount Ophir experience

Through the years I’ve trekked through many exciting areas within Central California. Sometimes the least expected region can have lasting memories. I received an email from our local Senior Hiking group with the information on a mining area around Mariposa. The summer season fires, including the nearly 82,000 acre Detwiler Fire, had burnt through and opened up an old forgotten mining area from the 1850’s called Mount Ophir at 4,186 feet.

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.

Buttercream Queen is open for business

Jordan Clark of North Fork, announces the launch of her new business, Buttercream Queen, a custom cake business servicing the Mountain Area and the Valley. Clark demonstrates a cake design from start to finish.