Campbell's 2017 Western Trip travel blog

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 pull over. Anyway, as I pulled into a pull off, one of the signs must have moved to the left without my noticing and Whack. I stopped and made a little adjustment to move it to its pre-whack position. : )

The land next to our route east was dry and dusty just like we experienced from Petaluma to Big Sur. Dead tall grass was everywhere. The wet spring resulted in the grass growing tall and then it died in the following drought conditions. The Mid-California area is a tinderbox.

We planned our ranger talks, camera walks, theater events and hotel restaurant visits for the next three days.

We will hook up and head east to the park tomorrow.

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