Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for El Portal, California, United States
May 26, 2018 - Yosemite NP & Bodie State Historic Park
/// /// May 26, 2018 Yosemite NP A Day Trip: I messed up with my scheduling this trip and staying in Coleville. It made for an exceptionally long day. I was thinking of finding a nice place to hold up for the holiday weekend and still get to visit a few attractions in the area. We left the campground by 6:45 A.M. for the hour-long drive back south on US Hwy 395 to the Jct. of Hwy 120 and the east entrance of Yosemite NP. The Tioga Pass road is generally closed in the winter. Tioga Pass is at an elevation of 9,945’ asl. The scenery at the...Jump to full entry
Oct 3, 2011 - Lone Pine to Yosemite/El Portal
Up early again for breakfast in the car park out of the back of the ute. Had a quick trip down to the local service station to adjust the air suspension on the bike—needed to add some air to stop the bottoming on the potholes Left Lone Pine on a clear but cool morning, all rugged up fore the !st hour stint to stop at a town called Bishop. Along the way we passed through Independence and spied the motel that we stayed at last time we came this way in 2000. The morning tea stretch was at Schatts Bakery in Bishop –a very popular shop that was...Jump to full entry
Aug 7, 2011 - Yosemite
8/7/11 Well.....last night in a National Forest campground, a little ways up the Tioga Pass Road, reminded us once again that if we want quiet you won't get it near a major attraction in a public campground. Lots of young folks, lots of loud music, and lots of loud talk. Loudest music ended at 10PM but some still continued through most of night. I woke at 2AM and there was considerable loud talking going on. Bothered Ann more than me.....I sleep easier.... Ann was not happy this morning. After picking up some coffees at a nearby gas station...Jump to full entry
Sep 30, 2007 - Merced River fun!
Today we spent time close to home and relaxed. The place we are "parked" is located on the Merced River. At night when it's quite, you can hear the water flowing through the rocks. We took the dogs swimming and played in the river. Dogs aren't allowed in the National Parks except on paved areas which really limits where they can go. It was nice to get them out. We've really missed having them on our day trips. Luke swam in the currents and little rapids chasing the ball around the water. Layla wasn't thrilled about our choice in a play...Jump to full entry
Sep 27, 2007 - Yosemite, here we come!
After spending a week in Sacramento, CA hanging out with our friend, Charles, and taking care of some "big city" business, it was time to head back into the wilderness! Today we left Folsom Lake, CA and headed to El Portal, CA outside of Yosemite National Park. Due to a rock slide on Hwy 140 we had to take Hwy 120 into the park and then backtrack to El Portal. We drove past huge vineyards of grapes and acres of almond trees. The drive didn't get intense until we hit the Sierra Nevada Mountian Range. It was awesome to see a new mountain...Jump to full entry