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Chihuahuas have a whole state in Mexico named after them

Chihuahuas have a whole state in Mexico named after them

While street dogs can often be found roaming many towns in Mexico, five breeds are credited with being native to the country—Chamuco, Xoloitzcuintli, Chinese Crested, Calupoh, and Chihuahua. Chihuahuas are small (most can fit in a purse or backpack), but they come...

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Humans good at disrupting food web of wild animals

Humans good at disrupting food web of wild animals

Humans have a way of interfering with the food chain for wild animals beyond leaving garbage out. The addition of unnatural food sources like bird seed is one way, other ways are via water sources like bird feeders and pools. Compost and livestock are other...

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Explosion of color on the way to Fourth of July Lake

Explosion of color on the way to Fourth of July Lake

  What goes down must come up. This can be a painful reality when the down comes in the middle of a hike. No fireworks were going off, but the drop into Fourth of July Lake was worth having to climb out 2 miles and more than 1,000 feet of elevation gain. In...

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Sierra peak no longer named after Confederate leader

Sierra peak no longer named after Confederate leader

While much of the country tears down racist statues, in the Tahoe area change has come via the renaming of a peak. Jeff Davis Peak in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is now Da-ek Dow Go-et Mountain. In the Washoe Indian language the name means saddle between...

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Views make Rubicon Peak hike worth the uphill grind

Views make Rubicon Peak hike worth the uphill grind

  Up, up some more, then even more. That’s what hiking Rubicon Peak is all about—the ascent. In about 2 miles the elevation gain is more than 2,000 feet. My glutes on the way up and calves on the way down felt every foot of that climb. The scenery, well, that’s...

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Avocados a growing export from Mexico to the U.S.

Avocados a growing export from Mexico to the U.S.

Even though Mexico is credited with being the birthplace of avocados—with some saying they were being consumed as early as 550 BC—the popular Hass (rhymes with pass) variety is a California creation. Still, Mexico grows more of this fruit than any other country. “In...

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Trail leading to Twin Lakes more scenic than destination

Trail leading to Twin Lakes more scenic than destination

The trek to Twin Lakes in the Spooner Backcountry is one where the journey is more beautiful than the destination. It’s is a rarity when an alpine lake doesn’t capture all the oohs and ahhs. Twin Lakes is just off the Tahoe Rim Trail near a junction that is popular...

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Working on becoming less of a white supremacist

Working on becoming less of a white supremacist

I am working on being less of a racist and understanding better how my white privilege impacts my decisions and behavior in negative, potentially hurtful ways to others. I’m a firm believer that all lives cannot matter until Black Lives Matter. I haven’t had that many...

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