YExplore Celebrates 10 Years in Yosemite National Park

Help Us Celebrate Our 10 Year Anniversary  By John P. DeGrazio I have always been fond of the number ten. It's the title of my favorite album by one of my favorite groups of all time, Pearl Jam. 10 was also the number worn by New York Yankees first baseman Chris Chambliss whose 1976 ALCS walkoff home run is still one of my favorite early … [Read more...]

Please Stop Trashing Our Beautiful Sierra Mountains

An Open Letter to Keep California & the Sierra Nevada Beautiful   Spanish Translation Below  By John P. DeGrazio  Dear Visitors,I would like to begin with a very friendly hello and welcome you to our home in the Sierra Nevada mountains. While you are here, I would like to ask you to please do your part to keep our home clean and … [Read more...]

January 2016 Yosemite Instagram Month in Review

Here are some of our most popular photos from January in Yosemite on Instagram with 140 likes or more. There are many more on our feed so please follow and share to help us build our audience @yexplore.All photos taken on an iPhone 6sYou can learn more about photography with the photos you don't take. This Valley View would have been … [Read more...]

Half Dome #119 Peaches with Mia

My Yosemite Ambassador Story  By John P. DeGrazio  2016 marks the Centennial Anniversary of the National Park Service. When I first learned of the Yosemite Ambassador program to celebrate this anniversary, I was highly impressed with the group of athletes, musicians, and local personalities who were selected. I was profoundly happy for my good … [Read more...]

Yosemite Wilderness Stewardship Plan

Comments for Public Scoping  By John P. DeGrazio  Yosemite National Park is currently accepting public comments for a proposed Wilderness Stewardship Plan until January 29, 2016. Part of the plan will focus on "the need to determine the extent to which commercial services will be performed in the Yosemite Wilderness.” As a commercial service … [Read more...]

YExplore on NPR Marketplace January 2016

Interview About Increased Visitation to Yosemite National Park  By John P. DeGrazio  I recently had the opportunity to interview with Mark Garrison of Marketplace to speak about the recent increase in visitors to Yosemite National Park and the economic impact. We discussed YExplore's role in the Yosemite community and the importance of adding … [Read more...]

Yosemite Name Changes

Who Really Owns the Name Ahwahnee?  By John P. DeGrazioI am sure some are wondering what our opinion is regarding the current legal battle about intellectual property and the naming of places in Yosemite National Park. A local newspaper called us yesterday asking for an opinion which I respectfully declined.The official position of … [Read more...]

I Know it’s Winter But…

Clouds Rest Summit Photos By John P. DeGrazio I know it's winter, but I am working on another project and was scanning some of my images from this past summer. I came across a trip I took before I broke my wrist. I can't believe it's already been 5 months since that occurred, and it has healed very well in case you were wondering. Needless … [Read more...]

2015 Yosemite Instagram Year in Review Best Nine

Yosemite Bestnine  By John P. DeGrazio  2015 was an exciting year. YExplore has grown in so many ways and are extremely thankful for the opportunity to guide tours in Yosemite National Park on a daily basis all year long. As my photography has developed over the years, I have taken pride in being able to share these images. Here is our Instagram … [Read more...]

Language Making Nature

New Book by Naturalist David Lukas  David Lukas is a well respected author in the Sierra Nevada and one of our lead naturalist guides at YExplore. He has led many guided nature tours in Yosemite National Park for us over the past 7 years. David and I have also spent many days on the trails of the Sierra Nevada developing a wonderful bond in nature … [Read more...]

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