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Disney California Adventure: Buena Vista Street

June 15, 2012

The new Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure reflects the time when Walt Disney arrived in Los Angeles and his struggle to succeed “as a risk-taker with big dreams and big goals” during the 1920s and ’30s.

The public got its hands, and feet, on Buena Vista Street, part of the $1 billion makeoever of California Adventure, for the first time today.

Story by  Sarah Tully, Eric Carpenter and Lisa Liddane, The Orange County Register

Download iPad App Edition Date: 6/15/2012 for full coverage of this story.


Yosemite: Exploring the Park in the High Season!

June 11, 2012

Story by  Gary A. Warner,  The Orange County Register

Escape the pavement and traffic and head to Yosemite National Park.  Visitors can explore the wildlife and geology, along with cultural history.

Half Dome Trail is one of the Park’s more frequented spots. The 8-mile Half Dome Trail rises over 5,000 feet above the valley floor. Avid birdwatchers can enjoy flocks of violet-green swallow around Tenaya Lake.  Common bird sightings throughout the meadows include northern flickers, mountain chickadee, killdeer, Clark’s nutcracker, among others.

The dry, warm winter of 2011-2012 gives visitors more access to the park, at an earlier time this year.  The Tiago Pass, the famous “backdoor” into Yosemite, opens to the public earlier. But the dry winter also means less energy and rush from the waterfalls at the Park.

Local town Oakhurst Centennial is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its name change from Fresno Flats.  Events have been planned all year for the town in celebration.

Historic hotel Wawona re-opens once again. Unlike open year-round hotels, the Wawona shuts down during Thanksgiving, re-opens during Christmas, and then closes for the first three months of the year.  Spring visitors can looks forward to their stay at Wawona Hotel, only four miles away from the south entrance.

Volunteer opportunities are available for those interested in helping with projects such as vegetation restoration, trail repair and building, wildlife preservation, and campsite maintenance.  For a full list of opportunities, go to nps.gov/yose/supportyourpark/volunteer.htm  or write to Yosemite Volunteer Office, PO Box 700, El Portal, CA 95318.

Download iPad App Edition Date: 4/24/2012 for full coverage of this story.

Life’s a Beach! OC Guide to the Top 7 Beaches

June 10, 2012

A guide to enjoying Orange County’s top 7 beaches this summer.

Story by Laylan Connelly, The Orange County Register

Download iPad App Edition Date: 6/08/2012 for full coverage of this story.

How Tough Are You? David Whiting Takes us on an African Safari!

June 9, 2012

“Roughing it by camping in Africa’s outback offers, uh, more intimate animal encounters.”

Story by David Whiting, The Orange County Register

Download iPad App Edition Date: 6/09/2012 for full coverage of this story.

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Olympic Medalist Janet Evans is Making a Comeback!

June 9, 2012

Story by Scott M Reid, The Orange County Register

Download iPad App Edition Date: 6/07/2012 for full coverage of this story.

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Season Finale! Tough Knocks College Baseball Featuring UC Irvine Anteaters.

June 7, 2012

It’s the end of the 2011-2012 Anteaters season. Although they’ll lose their senior roster, UC Irvine looks forward to a fresh, strong start for 2012-13!

Watch this week’s video! Produced by Oyama Caviness, video by Scott Bagley

Download iPad App Edition Date: 6/6/2012 for full coverage of this story.

Tough Knocks College Baseball is a weekly feature on OCRegister The Peel.

Rock Climbing: Joshua Tree National Park

June 7, 2012

On the latest edition of “How Tough Are You?,” David Whiting conquers the higher boulders of Joshua Tree National Park.  Guided by Dennis George, wellness instructor and expert mountain climber, Whiting shares correct equipment use, rules to climb by, and how to dominate in an extreme sport.

An important reminder is to be aware that rock climbing can be extremely dangerous. Rock climbers have been stranded and deaths have been reported.  Even the more seasoned rock climbers have found themselves in need of rescues, endangering the lives of those conducting the rescues as well.

Some of the best rock-climbing areas in the U.S. are located right in our backyard of Greater Orange County, specifically Joshua National Tree Park.  Indoor rock-climbing gyms are also available. The nearest one near you can be found online.  Anyone can rock-climb too! Find suitable routes that fit your abilities and have an expert join you.

Basic equipment needed includes a harness, rock climbing shoes, (the tighter, the better), and a helmet.  Chalk and chalk bags can make a huge difference when rock climbing as well.  A locking carabiner is used to fasten the rope to your harness.  A crash pad absorbs your jumps when bouldering and a belay devices is used for belaying other and rappelling down.

Remember, it’s not about racing to the top. Pace yourself and don’t push your limits.  Safety first helps ensure you’ll at least make it out in one piece!

Story by David Whiting, The Orange County Register

Download iPad App Edition Date: 6/01/2012 for full coverage of this story and bonus tips on how to reach the top of that boulder peak!

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