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Jun 21, 2010 - Yosemite National Park

On the road by 7:45 am and making our way to Yosemite for a full day of hiking and exploring! BEAUTIFUL drive. It took about 3 hours and we made it to Yosemite Village in the center of the park in time for lunch. We stopped along the way to watch a raging river and see many extraordinary waterfalls. We parked the car and took trams to various spots for hiking. The boys had a great time. We found a spot with sturdy rocks and climbem them to get a better look at Yosemite Falls. The falls were incredible and they best they had been in years....

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Jun 19, 2010 - Giant Sequoias

Saturday, we went to the Mariposa Grove where the giant sequoias grow. These ancient trees, some of them thousands of years old, are (as Melissa would say) ginormous, the largest living things on Earth. You cannot imagine their size if you are not standing among them. Many of the pictures that are posted are meant to be sewn together because there is no way to capture the whole tree in one image. When we walked through this forest of giants, we thought about the fact that most of these trees were here before our country began, before the...

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Jun 18, 2010 - Lower Yosemite Falls

On Friday we went to the Lower Yosemite Falls. It was a very easy and beautiful hike. It is awesome to watch the water dance as it fell then ran over the rocks in shallow rapids. There were logs to climb on and rocks to climb over. And of course some cliffs to scale!

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Jun 17, 2010 - Mirror Lake

On Thursday, we went to Mirror Lake. It was kind of a disappointment compared with the rest of the park. The trail we hiked to the “lake” was also a horse or mule trail and much of the trail was covered with dried or fresh manure. Some of us were wearing sandles because it was rated as an easy hike, so it was pretty disgusting. When we got to Mirror Lake, we found that it was really just a small pond, not a very beautiful one either. As we walked around we found some prettier areas but in general, it was not impressive so we started back...

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Jun 16, 2010 - A Hike to Half Dome

Michelle- First off, sorry for the lack of updates on this. We have been in Yosemite, the land technology forgot, for 5 days. No internet, no cell service, no electricity, no hook-ups. On Tuesday, we traveled to Yosemite National Park. It is an amazing place. We began our stay in a campground in Yosemite Valley in the middle of the park. This is the most popular part of the park and is very busy. The kids met some friends, Taylor, Nick and their little brother Joshua. They had a lot of fun with them. On Wednesday, Dean, Melissa, Joshua and...

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Jun 3, 2010 - Yosemite

Climbing up and up into Yosemite National Park, there was a sense of awe as we passed our first bear. We thought it was a grizzly, but it was just a blonde black bear. Interesting enough for a fender bender with two cars slowing in the opposite direction! The ranger encouraged us to keep moving as it looked like he might have more than one accident on his hands! Our first views of half dome, the valleys and the waterfalls proved this to be a jaw dropping, amazing, natural wonder. I had visited Yosemite once before. Our California girl,...

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Jun 2, 2010 - Yosemite

My drive down from Reno/Lake Tahoe was one of the most beautiful, green drives I have had to date. I chose a route that had me winding up and down the hills south of Tahoe and was able to see alot of vineyards and orchards all along the way. The small towns along the route reminded me of the Iowa communities I use to know. It is a far cry from the city and burbs where everyone is in a hurry and there is so much activity. The drive was quiet and peaceful and I imagined living a slower life in any of these communities. I stayed outside the...

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May 31, 2010 - Yosemite NP, CA (Day 8) - West End of the Valley

(Ron Writing) This morning we had to move over one site to Upper Pines 405. We managed to get a reservation for one night in this site – it was just a strange coincidence that the site we were able to reserve was the one right next to us. Even though today was a holiday the traffic and the crowds were not nearly as bad as on Saturday and Sunday. We drove out to the east end of the valley because we wanted to see some areas beyond where the shuttle runs. We stopped at several spots to enjoy the views but our primary stops were at Bridalveil...

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May 30, 2010 - Yosemite NP, CA (Day 7) - Relaxing at Home to Avoid Crowds

(Ron Writing) The weather was perfect again but the valley is still very crowded with the holiday weekend tourists. We opted to spend a nice relaxing day in our campsite rather than contend with the over-crowded shuttle buses. This afternoon two very nice young college guys stopped by and asked if we might be so kind as to let them pitch their tent in our campsite since no sites were available. We agreed and had a nice visit with them by the campfire tonight. After we finished cooking our veggies and cod fish over the campfire, they cooked...

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May 29, 2010 - Yosemite NP, CA (Day 6) - Perfect Weather for Hiking

(Ron Writing) After posting the blog this morning we packed-up and moved to our new campsite. We have two nights reserved back in the North Pines Campground site #403. It’s more spacious and nicer than our first two sites. After the move we took the shuttle bus back to El Capitan Bridge which is as far as the shuttle runs toward the west end of the valley. From there we set out to hike to Bridalveil Fall. But after about a mile the trail crossed Ribbon Creek and the water was too high for us to cross. This trail runs along the base of El...

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May 28, 2010 - Yosemite NP, CA (Day 5) - "Winter" in Yosemite Valley

(Ron Writing) It rained hard most of the night and we even got a little sleet but by dawn the rain clouds had cleared and just left those big beautiful puffy white clouds. We had sunshine in the valley most of the day. It was still very cool. At dawn it was 32° and never got above the mid 50’s all day. But with the sun out and no wind it was very nice outdoors. We took the park shuttle to the El Capitan area of the park. El Capitan is one of the primary landmarks of the park. It is a beautiful granite monolith rising about 3,000’ from the...

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May 27, 2010 - Yosemite NP, CA (Day 4) - Our Anniversary!

(Ron Writing) It was another rainy day but we didn’t let it dampen our spirits. In some respects the clouds and mist add a different perspective on the beauty of this most beautiful of places. And besides, it is our anniversary today – a day we take a little time to reflect on what a wonderful 32 years of marriage we’ve had and what a wonderful phase of our life we are now enjoying. We feel very blessed. The sun peaked out for awhile around noon so we took the shuttle to Yosemite Falls. We walked up the short trail to the base of the lower...

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