Visit to Glacier Point and Bridalveil Falls, Ranger Culture Walk and Another Ball Story
Oct 11, 2017
|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 cultural history of the park. The Ahwahnee Indians lived in the valley for 4,000 years and relied on acorns from the Black Oak as a source of food. The acorns were ground into a flour and rinsed with water to remove the tannin.
I will not go into the demise of the Indians but it was mostly due to the arrival of Caucasians in the search of gold. Manifest Destiny was the moral excuse.
Again, the park is experiencing a drought and we are experiencing forest fire smoke. We could view several on the climb to Glacier Point. There are some that have been burning since July. So, most of our photos include a haze of gray. A blue sky was rare.
Both of us were negatively affected by the smoke. We experienced Valley Fever that had the same characteristics as hay fever with running nose, sneezing, coughing and watery eyes. Our throats are dry and we use Halls cough drops to reduce the dryness and Claritin for the runs. We hope Sequoia NP is smoke free.
We are dry camping in the Upper Pines Campground and use propane to cook Martha’s hamburger, heat our coffee water, hot shower water and keep warm at night with the thermostat set for 60F.
Nuts and Bolts – The two coach batteries drop 10% each night powering the furnace blower, the propane solenoid and the inverter (12v to 110v) to charge our phones and power the clock. Again, we are in a deep valley with limited sun so the solar panels only charge the batteries a couple percentage points during the day. After 3 nights, the batteries are at 60%
Another Ball Story – In our Impreza, we are carrying a box of Ball canning jars with lids. As we ascend a high mountain in the car, two of the jar lids pop, each at a different altitude. Then upon descending the mountain, they pop again. It took us several days to figure out what the popping sound was from the back seat of the car. I mention this as there has been such a great response to my prior stories about balls.