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Snow at Last!

January 21, 2018

I’ve certainly enjoyed the late season hiking in Lakes Basin this winter due to the lack of snow, but I was overjoyed to awaken yesterday to a few inc...

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Graeagle Creek to Smith Creek

January 7, 2018

One positive aspect of this strangely dry winter is the fact that Gold Lake Highway is still open and hiking is still abundant. With a couple hours av...

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Christmas Greetings

December 25, 2017

Holiday Greetings to all from the Lost Sierra. It’s a gorgeous Christmas day, made that much better by a walk in the snow by a lake. There is just som...

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Great Late Season Hiking

December 3, 2017

The snow has been falling in the Lost Sierra in fits and starts. Way back in September Lakes Basin got 4-5 inches, which was not necessarily a welcome...

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Holiday Spirit Shines

December 2, 2017

The holiday season officially starts in our little corner of the Lost Sierra on the first weekend in December. There is nothing sweeter than the commu...

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Afternoon Light

November 20, 2017

It was one of those Graeagle afternoons where everywhere I looked, I thought I was in a theater set. The sunlight against the dark, foreboding skies s...

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Red House Art Gallery

November 4, 2017

Some days, I just don’t feel up to taking on the elements. My sister was in town visiting and the wind was howling and the cloud cover was making a hi...

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Altitude Grand Opening Creates a Splash

October 28, 2017

Oct. 28 was a perfect fall afternoon for a pool party. Warm sun, clear skies and more than 300 guests celebrated the grandeur of Altitude, Nakoma’s ne...

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Fall Colors

October 15, 2017

It’s that gorgeous time of year in the Lost Sierra… crisp nights, warm days and foliage making its magical transformation from green to all shades of ...

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A Perfect Fall Day

October 10, 2017

Having a mid-week day off is always lovely, but having one in the fall in the Lost Sierra is an extra special occurrence. It’s so gorgeous out that I ...

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Grinduro

October 7, 2017

I love volunteering. I get to use my skills in different settings and feel good about supporting groups I believe in. Sometimes volunteering is about ...

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5 Reasons to Hike Smith Lake

October 4, 2017

3.75 miles for the full loop, beginner to moderateApproximately 2.5 miles to the lake and back, which is a great beginner hike  There are so many good...

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Graeagle Mill Pond

September 27, 2017

I worked late today and didn’t have time for a proper hike, so I took my dog to the Mill Pond in Graeagle for a few laps.It was one of those simply st...

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Longboard Races make the cover of Powder Magazine

September 21, 2017

We in the Lost Sierra know that the Historic Longboard Revival Race Series provides some of the greatest family-friendly winter entertainment availabl...

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In search of Thimbleberries

September 18, 2017

One of the great end of summer treats in the Lost Sierra is Thimbleberries. They are delicious! Sweet with just the right amount of tart, almost imper...

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Nakoma Raises $11K for Portola Jr.-Sr. High at Golf Tourney

September 13, 2017

Fortified by a beautiful blue sky and bloody Marys, players in the Nakoma Education Fund Golf Tournament raised more more than $11,000 for Portola Jr....

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Thunder Bumper Season

September 13, 2017

It started off benignly enough. I was running some errands in Portola and saw the first fluffballs over Beckworth Peak. Hmmm, I thought to myself. Bes...

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Kayaking-Gold Lake

August 27, 2017

It was a cool, somewhat breezy afternoon at Nakoma when my friend asked if I wanted to go kayaking after work. She suggested Sardine Lake because it’s...

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Mt. Elwell Hike

August 12, 2017

Approx. 5 miles round trip, moderate to strenuous. Mt. Elwell is the second highest peak in the area, topping out at 7,818 ft. It can be a strenuous h...

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Lakes Basin Wildflowers

July 30, 2017

Easy hike, approximately 2.5 miles. It’s been a warmer than usual summer in the Lost Sierra so I decided to take my hike before work this morning whil...

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Pints for Pups Fundraiser

July 23, 2017

One of the most satisfying aspects of living in a small community is knowing that you can make a positive impact by supporting local non-profit organi...