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Jun 8, 2009 - Yosemite

Cloudy skies and cool temperatures heralded our departure from San Francisco but that soon changed as we crossed the bay and headed inland for the High Sierras. Grey skies turned to blue and the temperatures climbed as the flat inland plain gave way to hills and mountains. The final hair raising climb lifted us 3000 feet in 6 miles through a series of hairpins and breathtaking drops, our mighty Ford truck taking it all in its stride. Not so for Joanna, our TomTom navigator, (it talks with the voice of Joanna Lumley). It wanted to take us...

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May 30, 2009 - Yosemite

Woke early and walked to base of Yosemite Falls. Communed with the local wildlife on the way - squirrel having breakfast and saw a woodpecker but he wasn't pecking! Drove to Glacier Point. Words and pictures cannot do this scenery justice. It is immense, beautiful in the midday sun, breathtaking in magnitude. We were speechless and gobsmacked. You have to see it to really appreciate this place. Wish we could spend more time here but San Francisco is calling and here we come. The first part of our drive followed the Merced River which starts...

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May 30, 2009 - Yosemite

Tuesday -We headed up towards the Tioga Pass this has only been open a few weeks as from Nov/Dec it snows and it stays shut usually till the end of May. We drove as far as Tuolumne Meadows to start our hike up to Dog Lake. We were at 10,000ft altitude so it was hard going hiking up the steep incline and had to keep stopping.There was snow still on the ground and we were walking over it in places. The hike was only 3.5 miles but hard going but worth it when we got to the top to see Dog Lake. The drive up there was spectacular with all the...

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May 28, 2009 - Yosemite National Park

5/28/09 – Today we left for Yosemite NP. We took scenic Rt. 41 to Rt. 120. Getting around in an RV has been a bit tricky. Some roads will not allow an RV of our size however we don’t know it until it is too late. We have maps, and itinerary from the Good Sams RV club and our Tom Tom GPS, but we have found that none are 100% correct. We stopped at the Visitors Center in Mariposa to find out that the route we wanted to take would not allow our rig. So we drove several miles out of the way to get to Yosemite, although we arrived later we were...

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May 26, 2009 - Yosemite

We have had to come to the Pub again to connect on the internet, but worth the drink while we are here. Saturday- We walked to Mirror Lake in Yosemite about 5 miles round trip,relaxing day otherwise. Fantastic scenery all around us in the National Park. Very busy as it was their Memorial Day. Sunday- We hiked to the Giant Sequoias they were huge as you can see with us beside them. It was about 5-6 miles round trip which is plenty long enough in this heat. Saw Pacific Dogwoods( Flowers) which looked lovely. The Butterflies were flying around...

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May 24, 2009 - Yosemite ( NO INTERNET)

Hi We travelled for nearly 6 hours to get to Groveland about 12 miles outside Yosemite National Park. It was a hair raising journey with the RV towing a car and bikes on the back. We were travelling up very steep mountains having to go over the other side of the road on the bends praying there was nothing coming the other way, sheer drops on the other side The roads were up and down for miles and miles and the only good thing the scenery was brilliant. The weather is still in the late 90's but it gets colder at night. We have been walking...

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May 15, 2009 - Up the excrement river in a vessel with no means of propulsion..

You may remember a brief mention of white water rafting in one of Louise's previous entries.. well today was the day! We could only get into the afternoon slot so we did some journal and had some lunch at the hostel before driving out to the Zephyr's rafting, we had seen it on the road about 30 minutes away on the Mercred river. Once there I bought a strap to keep my sunnies on, I had a couple of comments on them from the guys working there.. who were also wearing Oakley Highjinx's.. 3 of them.. turns out they had a team of Oakley reps on...

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May 14, 2009 - Upper Yosemite Falls

Today we (ok, I) had decided to do the Upper Yosemite Falls walk, which is a mere 3.5 miles up to the top of the Yosemite Falls... or so we thought! We had a wickid breakfast of Oatmeal, fruit, soya milk (Steve had yoghurt) and toast.. some well needed energy for our hike. First of all I have to tell you about our night's sleep last night... after all the moaning as we were falling asleep we finally dropped off. It was a big chilly and I kept moving over to Steve to warm me up, so much so that he woke up thinking the bed was tiny. He didn't...

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May 13, 2009 - Yosemite!

We were up early for brekkie, another freebie in the hotel, this time they had fruit.. mmmm. Steve decided to have a dip in the pool instead of shower, while I Skyped my Ma & Pa. (ok he did shower too) We can really feel the difference in temperature now, it's got that open the door and get hit by the heat feeling. We were back on the road by 10:30 and headed for Yosemite. I am getting a bit of withdrawal symptoms for some trees, so I'm really looking forward to this part. Especially the tent cabin.. hee hee! As we drove closer to Yosemite,...

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May 11, 2009 - Yosemite - Glaciar Point

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May 4, 2009 - Yosemite

Monday After breakfast, we drove down to Yosemite Valley and now we were really in Yosemite! Very beautiful with highly photographed sights like El Capitan and Half Dome. It turned out that there were campsites available in the valley campgrounds, so we were able to switch to North Pines and made a reservation for dinner at the Awahnee Hotel, the famous and expensive old lodge there. It was fantastic! Tuesday It turned out that there was a volunteer living in the campground with a barking little dog confined outdoors in a small open cage -...

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Apr 29, 2009 - Yosemite

Cath and I drove the 9 hours from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite not entirely sure of what to expect when we arrived there. It is so difficult to explain the site of Yosemite Valley when you first lay eyes on it especially after the barren desert of Death Valley. The highway into the Southern entrance passes through a tunnel in the mountain and as you exit you are lambasted with what can only be described as paradise! Waterfalls cascading off sheer granite cliffs, thousand-year-old Sequoia trees, crystal clear creeks and rivers,...

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