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Jun 14, 2018 - Yosemite National Park

We arrived in Yosemite National Park on Saturday, June 9th. We stayed in the Big Trees Lodge at Wawona for 5 nights. Wawona is near the southwestern entrance to Yosemite. Galen Clark, the first non-native American to see the Mariposa Grove of Sequoia trees in 1857, built simple lodgings and roads to the area. The Big Trees Lodge (formerly known as Wawona Lodge) was opened in 1879. Other buildings were added to the lodge area in later years to accommodate more guests. Concerned about commercial development, Galen Clark and other prominent...

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Mar 24, 2018 - Yosemite by Bus Tour

Our campground host told us about a bus that would take us from Mariposa to Yosemite and bring us back later in the day. Having already decided that we did not want to chance driving the RV in the bad weather (in addition to not wanting to buy chains for it—where would we carry them?), we followed her instructions and took the bus. We were later in the day getting started than we should have been to have time to see much, but it was enough to bring back memories of previous trips. In addition, the waterfalls were really flowing—much more...

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National Parks Tour

Oct 23, 2017 - at last

In June, about a month after my Achilles tendon surgery, I sat with my casted leg up on a stool and made a list of national park in the west that I hoped to visit again sometime. We have chipped away at my list and today's visit to Yosemite made the list complete. It was great to finally be here after a 45 year gap. Last time we were here we camped in a blue tent and experienced a minor earthquake as we sat outside that tent sipping wine. Was it the wine? We didn't think so. Both because of my health problems and fire and weather concerns,...

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Oct 13, 2017 - Bus Tour of the Park and Travel to Midpines KOA and Civilization

October 13 – Bus Tour of the Park and Travel to Midpines KOA and Civilization We bought tickets for a morning tour of Yosemite and planned to tour in an open wagon. Due to the coolness (lower 40s) a bus was used. The tour guide provided new information about the park and stopped at sites that we had yet to visit. After lunch, we left our campsite, dumped our tanks and headed back to civilization at Midpines KOA to recharge our batteries and get ready to head south to Three Rivers near Sequoia NP.

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Oct 12, 2017 - Camera Walk, Ranger Trees Walk and Dinner at the Lodge

October 12 – Camera Walk, Ranger Trees Walk and Dinner at the Lodge We signed up for a walk with a professional photographer from the Ansel Adams Studio in the Yosemite Village. I was surprised that Adams used a manual Photoshop-like method in the dark room to modify his photos – sky darkened to black, dark photo borders added, white made whiter etc. I was also surprised that he used f-stops of 250 and 500 – in other words, letting light through a pin hole sized aperture. He used the high f-stops to make the foreground and distant object...

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Oct 11, 2017 - Visit to Glacier Point and Bridalveil Falls, Ranger Culture Walk and Another Ball Story

October 11 – Visit to Glacier Point and Bridalveil Falls, Ranger Culture Walk and Another Ball Story A visit to the top of Glacier Point was a must-see per the visitor’s center ranger so we drove the 30 miles to the top and looked down 3,200’ at the valley that looked like a model train village. On the way back to basecamp, we stopped at Bridleveil Falls to enjoy its uniqueness. We lunched at the Majestic Hotel dining room. The dining room is huge and a must-see for its unique interior. I took another great ranger walk with a subject of the...

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Oct 10, 2017 - Travel to Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite NP

October 10 – Travel to Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite NP We arrived an hour early at the campsite and parked nearby until the previous resident left at noon. We are camped under the shadow of Glacier Point in a U-shaped valley formed by glaciers eons ago. Parking was a challenge and driving to the visitor’s center was time consuming with the major road construction projects and the thousands of visitors. I attended the ranger talk/walk with a subject of geology of the valley. In summary, the heavy Pacific Plate pushed under the lighter...

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Oct 9, 2017 - Travel to Midpines, CA and Test Drive Rt. 140 to Yosemite NP

October 9 – Travel to Midpines, CA and Test Drive Rt. 140 to Yosemite NP The drive to Midpines was without problems as was the drive into Yosemite National Park on Rt. 140. There was just a 7% slope for several miles at the start and a detour due to a massive old landslide in the Merced River Valley. I will admit that I clipped a road sign with the RV right hand mirror housing. I mentioned previously that I often pulled over to let faster vehicles pass. Pull offs were spaced every few miles and legal notices informed that it was the law to...

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Oct 8, 2017 - Yosemite

We had a nice drive south through gold country to our hostel near Yosemite valley. We were staying in a Yosemite style fixed tent, which is basically a tarp stretched over a wooden frame. The hostel was really good, even with a songwriters retreat happening the first night. Kum bah ya! We had 3 days walking in Yosemite, the best walks were the 4 mile trail (which is actually 4.7) to Glacier Point, very steep climb with amazing views of the valley, Yosemite Falls and Half Dome, and the Cathedral Lakes trail in Tulume Meadows. The last night...

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Jun 10, 2017 - Last Day at Yosemite

Today, a Saturday was to be our last day in Yosemite. We came up with a great plan. Since it was the week-end we decided to have a lazy morning and head into the park after lunch. We had a great lunch of grilled chicken-- Peter did a great job and his combination of cheese and salsa turned out to be pretty good. I tried it later and give it two thumbs up. It was good for everyone to sleep in and we hit the road to the park about 1:30 pm. Our great plan to arrive after the crowds turned out to be a abject failure! Lots of people come to...

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Jun 9, 2017 - Day 2 in Yosemite

We all decided to get up early and go into the park. I thought I had made arrangements for Harley to get walked, but i fell through. So Elisabeth, Peter, Jack, Tucker and Susan went in by car and I followed later on the shuttle bus, We had a tour booked at 1:30 pm so there was time to see some of the sights. The boys went to an art program and Susan wandered around the valley floor taking pictures of half dome and water falls. After wandering around the Village, we grabbed lunch and then caught our tour bus to Glacier Point. This was...

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Jun 8, 2017 - Yosemite National Park

Today we leave Sequoia and head north to Yosemite National Park. The drive through the central 't valley and then into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains was really pretty. We stopped along the way to stock up on food since we would be at Yosemite for three days. Our camp ground was located in El Portal California just a few miles from the entrance to the park. Elisabeth and Pete and the boys went ahead of us and actually went into the park. We arrived at our campground and got camp set up. There wasn't much to do since the...

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