Photo of the Courtney Fire in Bass Lake, CA. This is the third fire in the past month. 
Photo taken by Darvin Atkeson of Yosemite Landscapes.

Photo of the Courtney Fire in Bass Lake, CA. This is the third fire in the past month. 

Photo taken by Darvin Atkeson of Yosemite Landscapes.

Learn Swing Dancing in Fresno!

Fresno Swing Dance is hosting another beginner’s series for anyone interested in learning Lindy Hop starts the first Wednesday of every month (to-night!). Drop-in intermediate lessons every Wednesday. Lindy Hop is a form a swing dance that was first popular during the 1920s-WWII era. Here’s an example). 

I’ve been learning this dance for three years and here are some of the many reasons why I love the dance and community:

  1. No partner required! No need to stress out about bringing someone because it’s completely normal to dance with everyone.
  2. Everyone is friendly because, well, they’re friendly and not because they’re hitting on you. People are there to be social and have fun, not to date. Weird.
  3. It’s a great way to feel more comfortable being your true, silly self. Lindy Hop is an energetic dance and it becomes more dynamic when you show your personality. Being yourself is encouraged. It’s helped me feel a lot more comfortable in public situations. 
  4. Love Doctor Who and other sci-fi shows? How about everything and anything vintage? Oh, and jazz music?! So does the entire community…almost
  5. It’s like exercising without feeling like it’s a chore! At some events, I’ve spent 5-8 hours, straight, dancing and it’s a lot more enjoyable than working out at the gym.
  6. Travel! I have an excuse to travel all over the West Coast and meet people who are interested in the same things as I am!  

Details - Every Wednesday - Studio 65 - Lessons start at 7pm (separate lessons for beginners and intermediate). Social dance hour starts at 8:15pm. Check out Fresno Swing Dance’s page for more info, videos, and event updates. 

Watercolors of downtown Fresno by Imelda Golik. 

"His Water Guilt Is his Own" | The Daily Watering of Augusta Street



Local news outlets reported Tuesday that the City of Fresno would be implementing“Stage 2″ water restrictions beginning Aug. 1, in response to our state’s historic drought. That means that not only will the city be limiting residents to outdoor watering only two days per week, but that the city would also be stepping up its monitoring and fines for violators.

One Fresno man — Jefferson Beavers — decided to take action. Read his blog post linked here on #droughtshaming in Fresno, Calif.


Plant wall in Monterey, CA. Totally want this for my future home. 

Big Sur River Inn in California. The photos don’t give you much of an idea of what it’s like because I stopped by for a few minutes. The place has lodging, a general store, a pub, and outdoor BBQ and bar. You can sit near the river and enjoy your beer! 

Point Lobos State Reserve in California. 

San Juan Bautista, California. 

Farmers of Fresno County, the agricultural capital of the world, are struggling with the impact of California’s severe drought. The video documents what has happened to May Vu’s farm in Sanger after her well ran dry. 

Read the Fresno Bee article, here

Old Mission San Juan Bautista in California. 





Nostalgic memories from when I felt overwhelmed by our Earth.

This photograph is a composition of 10 separate photos.

(via fuckyeahbackpacking)


Vernal Fall from Mist Trail in Yosemite National Park.

(via fuckyeahbackpacking)

Trailer for Valley Uprising, a documentary about Yosemite’s Rock Climbing Revolution. Premieres September, 2014. 

Read the story behind the documentary, here.