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Jul 30, 2008 - Yosemite National Park- California

UPDATE Day 4-6, July 26-29 Rather than try to give a blow by blow day by day report I will will try to give you the highligts of the last 4 days. So, sit back and relax get a cold drink this is a little long. We arrived in Groveland at our Hotel safely and with out any problems along the way. Our departure from Yuba City went off with out a hitch. There was lots of traffic as we made our way south past Sacramento and then South along hyway 120 and then up the long Priest Grade to Groveland. Groveland sits atop a 2,600 ft mountain. The only...

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Jul 28, 2008 - Muir Forest & Yosemite Nat'l Park

Just North of San Francisco is a beautiful park with giant redwoods we decided to see on Sunday before arriving at our next campsite near Yosemite. I'm so glad we heard about this place because it was breathtaking to see. A late arrival at the campsite last night so we just set up the inner tent and got to see the stars as we fell asleep. This morning we had a quick dip in the pool before leaving to explore Yosemite. Its amazing how all these parks can be so different from each other. El Capitan was jaw-droppingly huge, and we even saw a...

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Jul 25, 2008 - Yosemite and Giant Sequoias

Today we had to get up at the crack of dawn to make our next tour--Yosemite National Park. Although we were picked up at 6 a.m., it didn't seem too early for us because we were still basically on Missouri time. We didn't get to partake in the free breakfast this morning because the restaurant didn't open until 7, so we bought muffins at Safeway next to our hotel. Our shuttle bus was almost the same size and model--a Ford diesel--as the one I sometimes drive for our church. It holds 27 passengers and today it carried 20. The ride to the park...

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Jul 21, 2008 - Yosemite Valley

Having seen Yosemite Valley from high up yesterday, today we ventured into the heart of the valley itself, Yosemite Village and surroundings. The views of the valley from within are equally breathtaking to the views from Glacier Point. The incredible vistas start from the moment you exit the Highway-41 tunnel that brings you into the valley from the south; suddenly there is El-Capitan towering over the valley. At Yosemite village there is a well presented visitors' center with lots of information about the valley, how it was formed, the...

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Jul 21, 2008 - Yosemite

Sun 7/20. After breakfast at John and Mina's, we said our good bye's, and headed for Yosemite. In order to pickup US 5 south, we had to go over the Cascade Mountains, and we chose a route that took us right through the forest fires that had been burning in that area. John had warned us there would be a lot of smoke, but none of the roads were closed, so we decided to make it part of our adventure. It was like driving through a dense fog, with the added smell of the trees burning. When you actually can see an area that's burning, you realize...

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Jul 20, 2008 - The Redwoods and the Mountains

Today we ventured out into Yosemite proper. First we drove into the park and stopped at the Mariposa Grove of giant redwoods. Despite it only being 10:30, the main car park area was already full so we had to park at the lower area and catch the shuttle bus up to the trees. We spent an hour or so walking around and marvelling at the giant redwoods. It was a good experience but it would been even better if it weren't for the large number of other people doing the same. It was hard to get a real feel for the peacefulness and isolation of the...

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Jul 19, 2008 - Chilling out...

Our first full day in Yosemite. So far, every day of our holiday has been pretty busy with sightseeing or other activities. Now that we had reached the peacefulness of Yosemite we made a conscious decision to have more of a 'chill out' day. We didn't rush to get up and had a leisurely breakfast. Then we spent a couple of hours lounging in and around the hotel's swimming pool, including availing ourselves of the hot, jacuzzi style 'spa pool'. This left us feeling good and relaxed. After a light lunch we took a short trip to a nearby steam...

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Jul 18, 2008 - Next stop Yosemite

Our second Friday in the US and today we leave Vegas and head for Yosemite. We took a limo (of course) from the hotel to the airport and then caught a Southwest flight to Sacramento. There we picked up a Toyota Sienna 7-seater MPV (so as we can fit in all our luggage!) from Hertz and started the 4+ hour drive to our hotel, Tenaya Lodge. Tenaya Lodge is located a couple of miles outside the south entrance to Yosemite National Park near a small village called Fish Camp. We set off at around 14:00. The first part of the drive was easy, mainly...

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Jul 11, 2008 - CA, Yosemite-I am in the park - smoke-

I am in the park, very little cell service and it is very smokey. I will be in the area for eight days. I'll post again when I leave on July 18th. I have no cell service or internet service in the RV Park that I am in. See you on the 18th, wish me luck, smoke so bad you can't see much of the mountains.

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Jul 7, 2008 - Yosemite, Day 2

This morning we woke up to the most amazing realization that for the first time of any night where we had shared a room with other people there had been no snoring, and this was in a co-ed dorm. It was astonishing. After we had a quick breakfast at the Bug we loaded up our backpacks with the necessary day hike gear and set out for Yosemite. We made a rookie mistake at our first stop, Bridalveil Falls. We lasted about two minutes before feeling overwhelmed by the sheer number of people and kids running around at this viewpoint. We were no...

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Jul 7, 2008 - yosemite

We are back in the world of communications. At the present time we are near Santa Barbara, but I've got to tell you about Yosemite. It is by far one of the most beautiful places we have ever seen. We were able to spend enough time there to stop looking up at he mountains and start doing the things that the canyon has to offer. The first day we just walked around and took pictures, the second day we hiked to a couple of Sequoia groves. A 3 mile hike in one grove and a 2 mile hike in the other. Those trees are big, the redwoods are taller...

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Jul 6, 2008 - Yosemite, Day 1

This morning before heading out toward Yosemite, Heather introduced us to the Carmel Coffee Company which makes some of the biggest pastries we have ever seen. Carmel is adorable and has several locations along the main street that we thought would be perfect for our future restaurant. After saying good bye to Heather and the Pacific Ocean we headed inland for the Rustic Bug Hostel in Yosemite. Unfortunately there was a bit of a mishap when copying down the directions. Our directions said take exit 441C, when they were supposed to say exit...

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