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Central California Life Magazine

Reflections - Summer 2015

Sep 01, 2015 09:03AM ● By Kevin

Karen Maroot, Publisher.

The grass is always painted greener on the other side of the fence” is a local twist on a famous idiom that points out how we often don’t appreciate what we have. Instead, we yearn for something or somewhere else. The severe drought has affected us all. The practice of painting a brown lawn back to green has been around for many years; however, it is now gaining in popularity as we strive to revive some of the beauty that an absence of water has robbed from us.  

We are surrounded by national parks that visitors travel from all over the world to visit. Even though these destinations are affected by the drought, they still represent some of the very best that nature has to offer. Fortunately for us, they are within an hour’s drive. In this issue we reacquaint you with one of our region’s crown jewels: Yosemite National Park. Our special 12-page insert that is a whimsical yet practical guide to this beloved destination and its gateways. 

From our cover story about the thriving running culture in Central Valley, to a legacy piece about the Wilson family and their long history of being the “good motorcycle guys” in Central California, we also fulfill our regular mission of introducing you to things old and new that make the heart of the Golden State so fascinating. We hope you enjoy what you discover.    

A final note: When you do connect with our amazing national parks that surround us, please be mindful that nearly 90 percent of all wildfires in California are caused by people. Visit to learn how to prevent wildfires and help protect these natural resources for future generations. 


Karen Maroot

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Happy Reading,

Karen Maroot