Yosemite Can O Peaches

Yosemite Can O Peaches

Welcome to the Yosemite Can O Peaches, Radio Podcast by John P. DeGrazio. Join me as I explore the trails of Yosemite with local experts as we share our can o peaches and the sweet rewards of Yosemite National Park.


August 25, 2019 36 min

Shawn Reeder is a video artist, a professional photographer, and a professional adventure wedding planner. He is a man whose passion for visual art in a natural setting has clearly paved the way for his life of adventure. 

Shawn's talents led him to Yosemite from Maryland early in his adult life. His evolution continues as he finds multiple outlets to display his talents. Join us on a perch above Tunnel View in Yosemite Nationa...

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Bruce Getty is a professional photographer with an inspirational story of recovery. His recovery began when he bought his first camera. Follow his journey through all its ups and downs with his love of photography being the constant along the way.

Join us as Bruce shares his amazing recollections of his first trip to Yosemite and how that has impacted his life in such a positive way. Bruce now has a large presence on social media ...

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Jay Sousa has been a professional photographer in Yosemite National Park for decades. He has been on numerous adventures into the Yosemite backcountry, but none was more gratifying than a trip he shared with his son, Jared. 

Jay is also a photography instructor at Merced Junior College. He was also a photojournalist who had the privilege to meet and interview his idol, Ansel Adams in the Adams home. Join us as we walked through El ...

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Ken Yager knew two things from an early age. He wanted to climb El Capitan and live in Yosemite. Having accomplished both his goals at such an early age, he now dedicates his time to fulfilling other lifelong dreams like establishing a Yosemite climbing museum and organizing the biggest yearly cleanup project in all the national parks.

Ken's Yosemite Facelift project has grown in popularity over the years, and is being recogniz...

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December 15, 2018 47 min

Shelton Johnson relishes his role as one of Yosemite's preeminent ambassadors. He welcomes visitors to the park on a daily basis and treats each one with kindness and warmth. Best known for his role in "National Parks: America's Best Idea", a documentary film by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan, Shelton invites visitors of public lands to connect fully with nature and wilderness. His mission is to encourage more people ...

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November 12, 2018 78 min

On November 12, 1958, after working all through the previous night, Warren Harding and two "good steady fellows" named Wayne Merry and George Whitmore reached the summit at sunrise as the first group to ever climb El Capitan. Today, sixty year later, George shares stories of that first ascent. Join us as Mr. Whitmore recounts all the detailed planning necessary to make the impossible possible on that incredible day. 

El Ca...

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November 11, 2018 29 min

Yosemite National Park Geologist Greg Stock left the world of academia to find his dream job in one of the crown jewels of the national park system. Greg talks about the geologic history of Yosemite Valley and describes the uniqueness of the formation Half Dome among many other wonders of this popular destination for explorers and scientists alike.

Greg also shares many adventures he takes in the Yosemite backcountry with his wife...

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Kevin Jorgeson spent his 16th birthday in Yosemite Valley trying to master the Midnight Lightning. He was not successful on that day but returned for his 17th birthday to achieve that goal and has never looked back.  For the fifth Yosemite Can O Peaches episode of Season Two, John DeGrazio interviews accomplished Yosemite rock climber and boulderer, Kevin Jorgeson.

Kevin recalls his memorable journeys through Yosemite from the high...

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Penny Otwell fell in love with Yosemite the first moment she visited Yosemite National Park. Her artistic talents were borne from her love of adventure. For the third Yosemite Can O Peaches episode of Season Two, John DeGrazio interviews Yosemite Artist Penny Otwell.

Join Penny and John as they stroll through Cook's Meadow to recount Penny's wild Yosemite adventures. Listen as she relates to past artists like Chiura Obata ...

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June 14, 2018 28 min

From running the trails of Yosemite Valley as a member of a local high school track team to driving for a competitive race car team, Kim Lawson has led an extraordinary life in Mariposa County. For the third Yosemite Can O Peaches episode of Season Two, John DeGrazio interviews Kim Lawson of Lawson Studios.

Join Kim and John as they sit on a log over the Merced River in Yosemite Valley. They chatted about Kim's many Yosemite a...

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Learn how to make a difference in our national parks while meandering through El Cap Meadow in Yosemite National Park with Kathleen Morse. For the second Yosemite Can O Peaches episode of Season Two, John DeGrazio interviews Kathleen Morse, Yosemite National Park Chief of Planning.

Join Kathleen and John as they strolled through the meadow in the shadows of the great monolith. They discussed Kathleen's many Yosemite adventures...

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January 13, 2018 28 min

Happy New Year from the summit of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. For the First Yosemite Can O Peaches episode of Season Two, John DeGrazio interviews Mark Petersen, a longtime friend and geologist from Twain Harte, CA. John and Mark were each accompanied by their daughters Mia and Sarah for a very special family adventure. 

Join Mark as he shares his memories from past Yosemite adventures as well as his secrets to nutrition a...

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Happy Holidays from Yosemite National Park. For the eight Yosemite Can O Peaches episode of Season one, John DeGrazio interviews Lisa Cesaro, Yosemite Hospitality. Lisa made an amazing journey and took a tremendous leap of faith to arrive in Yosemite National Park. She also describes what it's like to live in Yosemite Valley and wake up to freshly fallen snow in her favorite meadow.

Join Lisa as she shares many holiday tips abo...

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For the seventh Yosemite Can O Peaches episode of Season one, John interviews Jamie Richards, Yosemite National Park Ranger and Public Affairs Officer. Jamie shares many safety tips and other valuable information for Yosemite visitors including how visitors can help protect bears in Yosemite. She also describes the feeling of working in such a beautiful park and how important it is to be a positive role model for young girls who s...

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For the sixth Yosemite Can O Peaches show, John interviews David Page, Advocacy Director of the Winter Wildlands Alliance in Mammoth Lakes, CA. David is also Senior Correspondent for Powder Magazine, author, and a national award winning journalist.David has authored the Explorer's Guide Yosemite and the Southern Sierra Nevada.

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For the fifth Yosemite Can O Peaches show, John interviews Yosemite Park Ranger and award winning painter, James McGrew of the National Park Service. James is an inspiration to all who know him. He has been coming to Yosemite since he was a young boy and he describes how those early visits to Hetch Hetchy and Yosemite Valley helped shape his life as an artist and interpretive ranger whose dedication to wildland stewardship is unma...

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For the fourth Yosemite Can O Peaches show, John interviews another good friend and adventure companion Christine White Loberg of the National Park Service. Christine discusses how every day in Yosemite National Park provides fulfillment in her life. She finds inspiration in every walk whether a simple walk through Cook's Meadow (her favorite spot) or a multi day backpack trip into Yosemite's wilderness.

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For the third Yosemite Can O Peaches show, John interviews another good friend and adventure companion Kirk Keeler of the Ansel Adams Gallery. Kirk discusses a wide range of topics from the influence Ansel Adams had on his life and career as a professional photography instructor in Yosemite National Park to his true love for music. Yosemite has helped Kirk heal from his biggest disappointment to regain his passion to perform for al...

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For the second Yosemite Can O Peaches show, John interviews his good friend and adventure companion Evan Russel of the Ansel Adams Gallery. Evan discusses a wide range of topics from the influence Ansel Adams had on his life and career path as a professional photographer to his very first black and white photograph ever made in Yosemite National Park.

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This is the world premiere of the Yosemite Can O Peaches radio show. John DeGrazio interviewed the founder & conductor of the Mariposa Symphony Orchestra, Les Marsden. Les shared his love of Yosemite National Park with many recollections of his best moments in the the park. He also spoke about his gift to Yosemite, a four movement musical composition titled "Our Nation's Nature" and performed by The Mariposa Symphon...

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