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YExplore Featured in NPR Podcast & Nationally Syndicated Blogs By John P. DeGrazio YExplore Media Buzz The travel industry is all about building relationships. Over the years, we have developed several with our guests, writers, and other partners who experience Yosemite on our tours. Recently, we have been featured in some media stories about visiting Yosemite […]

John P. DeGrazio Yosemite Ambassador of the Week

Half Dome Snake Dike DeGrazio Yosemite Ambassador

John P. DeGrazio Yosemite Ambassador Yosemite National Park named me, John P. DeGrazio Yosemite Ambassador in 2016 to help celebrate the National Park Service Centennial. Since then, I have been sharing photos, stories, and social media posts to help promote the 100 year anniversary of the National Park Service. Yesterday, I received another honor from Yosemite. […]

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 […]

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 friend Les Marsden […]

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 jobs to our […]

Yosemite Trail Burritos with the National Geographic Digital Nomad


Exploring Hetch Hetchy with National Geographic By John P. DeGrazio   “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.”–John Muir I’ve always been the kind of person to say yes to requests for my time often before knowing the details of the duties I am […]

YExplore Photo in NTA Courier Magazine


Mariposa Grove in Winter  By John P. DeGrazio  The January 2015 edition of the National Tour Association Courier Magazine was released this week and one of my photos “Mariposa Grove in Winter” was featured in the issue on page 47. The article highlights several unique experiences from national parks in the western United States including […]

Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer and YExplore


Over this past spring, I was honored to meet and interview with Tom Wilmer for his NPR radio show called “Journeys of Discovery”. Tom joined us in Tuolumne County for a convention of the Outdoor Writers of California, an association of outdoor writers and media personalities from across the state. Tom Wilmer’s “Journeys of Discover” […]

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