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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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May 26, 2010 - Yosemite NP, CA (Day 3) - Camping in Yosemite Valley

(Ron Writing) We had intermittent showers today along with periods of sun. But our timing was bad – while we were at home it was sunny but as soon as we tried some outdoor activity it would start to rain. We did take the shuttle over to the visitor center to view the exhibits and we watched an excellent movie about Yosemite. The sun was shining so we decided to walk over to Yosemite Falls but right after we set out it started to rain. The weather can really change fast here. Tomorrow’s forecast is for more rain.

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May 25, 2010 - Yosemite NP, CA (Day 2) - Camping in Yosemite Valley

(Ron Writing) This morning we went over to Curry Village to post the blog and check our email. We aren’t able to get a cell signal in the campground but there is a free WiFi at Curry Village. After lunch we took a hike to Mirror Lake less than two miles from our campground. It was mostly cloudy today so the views and photos weren’t quite as spectacular as when we were last here in 2006, but this is still a very lovely spot and well worth another visit. After returning from Mirror Lake we took the park shuttle bus for loop ride around the...

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May 24, 2010 - Yosemite National Park

Will's back was bothering him today so he and Blayde stayed behind in Clyde (parked in Coarsegold, CA) while my friend Barb and I headed up to Yosemite for the day. What a wonderful day we had. I enjoyed the views, lunch, and conversation all so very much. There isn't much more I can say... instead, please allow my pictures to try to impart some of the joy of this day. Happy Travels, Rebecca

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May 15, 2010 - Yosemeti National Park - Day 2

Up early and getting ready to head into the park. Denise and I spoke to a very nice couple last night around the camp fire and they gave us some great advice about where to go in the park. We will head "down into the valley" for the day. We have our bikes with us so we will park the truck and ride around to the different things we want to see. Well it was a serious drive into the park. 22 miles seemed like a lot longer. We weren't the only ones heading into the park either. But we finally made it. Just driving down into the valley, you see...

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May 14, 2010 - Yosemeti National Park - Day 1

Here at Yosemeti Pines RV Park. We are about 22 miles outside of the park. Believe it or not we couldn't get anything closer. On the up side, the park is situated really nice and we have a great spot. Backed right up against the woods so it is a lot more private than some of the spots. We decided that today was going to be a lazy day. We need to run into Sonora and get some supplies from Walmart. It's only 22 miles acording to the GPS. We have our list so we are off to get some goodies! Back in a flash. HOLY CRAP! GPS sent us down a paved...

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May 14, 2010 - Annual Yosemite Week!

Headed out on May 13th for our annual week in Yosemite with 10 Lovin' Leveler rigs. Stayed overnite in the Chukchansi Casino parking lot. Arrived in Yosemite the next morning for a great week with great people. Saw only one beautiful cinnamon colored bear & lots of deer. The water falls are magnificent. The upper roads including Glacier Point are still closed due to snow. Water levels have not peaked as yet. It snowed in the valley a few days before we arrived.

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May 10, 2010 - Yosemite National Park

Yosemite…what can be said? This is the most enthralling area we’ve ever seen. The weather changed daily, from rain and snow on the first day to the 70’s on the last and every time you looked up, the scenery changed. The waterfalls were in all their glory. Yosemite, Bridal Veil, Nevada, Vernal, and too many others to name. We had bought a Black Cat Coleman heater between Kings Canyon/Sequoia and Yosemite and are very glad we did. With the snow and rain we managed to get very wet and cold and the heater took some of the chill off. We...

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