Mariposa Life

Debbie Croft: Yosemite gains sister park in Germany

Berchtesgaden National Park, Germany, has recently become a sister park to Yosemite. Berchtesgaden National Park is one of the leading parks in Europe, and is currently working with other protected areas. Berchtesgaden represents a small, bitter slice of German World War II history as the site of Adolph Hitler’s retreat, the Kehlsteinhaus – also known as the Eagle’s Nest.

Mariposa Life

Debbie Croft: Thanksgiving feasts await in Yosemite, foothills

Head to the mountains for Thanksgiving, and let someone else do the cooking. Some of California’s best restaurants are situated in the central Sierra. Whether you go for the day or spend the weekend, one of the following holiday outings should appeal. Menus, prices, seating times and related activities vary. And some establishments require reservations.

Mariposa Life

Debbie Croft: Love story brings piece of France to Mariposa

The world’s best love stories often include opposite personalities, a romantic or exotic setting, and enough adversity to challenge and refine – all the while nudging memorable characters toward triumph. This particular romance has all of the above. It started close to 50 years ago with a 5-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl. And Mariposa provided a rewarding twist to this French-American love story.

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