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Aug 26, 2009 - Ollie Day at Bass Lake

Today was Ollie day. :-) We took him back to Bass Lake and let him loose. He went in and out of the water so many times, we could not keep up. We enjoyed watching him from our comfortable chairs for a while, then Jerry decided to dive in too. I went in next, but Ollie would not let me swim alone. He has loved to swim since he was a puppy. The only problem is when I swim, he wants me to hold him up in the water. I don't know why, but he has always done this. Even when we swim in the ocean, he will follow me and jump the waves until he...

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Aug 24, 2009 - Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

We had another great day in Yosemite National Park. This time we visited the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. The Mariposa Grove was first visited by non-natives in 1857 when Galen Clark and Milton Mann found it. Giant sequoia trees (equoiadendron gigantea) are found in three groves in Yosemite National Park. We chose Mariposa Grove which is the largest grove of these "big trees" in Yosemite. Mariposa Grove's Grizzly Giant, 1800 years old, is thought to be Yosemite's oldest living sequoia. It is along the Mariposa Grove's main trail, less...

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Aug 22, 2009 - Yosemite National Park

I’ve wanted to visit Yosemite National Park forever! When I've seen it on TV it just looked amazing and since it is one of the rock-climbing worlds mecca’s, Willy was quite keen about going also. It’s amazing how the landscape just changes, one minute we were in the desert and then we are in these massive pine forest mountains with beautiful lakes, Yosemite National Park. Coming from the east side it was about an hour drive thru the park to the valley were the campsite and village are. It was a really nice drive and once we got to the top...

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Aug 18, 2009 - Mount Doom

Day 4 in the Big Trek Camp. 4.30am. Dame Maggie and Queenie wake up and shower. They are both frustrated at the abscence of other campmates and even more frustrated when they do not actually leave for Half Dome (later to be known as Mount Doom) at 6.30am. Even more frustratingly the park buses for Half Dome do not leave until 7am so there is more waiting around until the mountain climb can begin. 8am. The campmates have started the climb and are being put through their paces with 700 granite steps to start the ascent. The waterfall running...

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Aug 17, 2009 - Yosemite Glacier Point

We had another superb day in Yosemite National Park. This time we visited Washburn Point and Glacier Point. It was one of the most incredible places we have ever seen. It's stunning beauty is beyond imagination. It is hard to capture the beauty in pictures, but we tried. We took a ton of them. :-) The drive into the park was a bit of a challenge. They had a lot of construction going on and we had to wait on a pilot car to let our lane go. This is the first pilot car we have seen since our trip to Alaska. We were surprised that it moved...

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Aug 17, 2009 - Into the woods

Day 3 in the Big Trek Camp. 7.30am. Another slow start for the campmates means getting on the road by 9am instead of 7.30am. Big Trek Brother and the camp leader Skippy seems unbothered by the tardiness and decides to name the group, Fashionably Late. In return the campmates should probably call Skippy, Fashionably Lost as they spend the first hour of the drive going past the same old farm shed (bizarrely painted as a baseball stadium) no less than 5 times. 11am. The campmates and Skippy reach a small town for a quick lunch stop and some...

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Aug 11, 2009 - Yosemite Valley

We had a wonderful day today. We took our first drive into Yosemite National Park. We used our Golden Age pass and it saved us another $20 entrance fee. We can visit the park as many times as we want for free. We plan to make many trips to see it all. Today we visited Yosemite Valley. Yosemite Valley is world-famous for it's impressive waterfalls, cliffs, and unusual rock formations. We had visited the park way back in 1986, but we had only one day to see it all. That was back when you only had two weeks vacation and had to get back home...

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Jul 22, 2009 - San Francisco

July 22, 2009, Wednesday - Day 38 - Tommy and I drove into San Francisco this morning for a quick tour of the city before leaving this area of California. We had been here about 47 years ago when Tommy worked for Lypta Cranes Co. in Sugarland and had been sent out here to install a crane at one of the universities, but that was a long time ago and I'm sure there's been many changes. As you can see from the photos, the day started off cool and foggy, but eventually the sun came out and it was a beautiful day. San Francisco was crowded and...

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Jul 18, 2009 - Yosemite National Park

We left the concrete jungle of Redwood City RV park early on Saturday, July 18th for a trip to the hills, waterfalls and rocks of Yosemite National Park. The temperature was a perfect 65 degrees (someone wore a jacket, believe that one!). It was actually a shorter drive then some excursions in the past, 137 miles to the main gate of Yosemite, since it was the weekend, the traffic flow allowed the drive to be a comfortable trip, returning was a different story all together. Passing through the hills and open fields of this part of...

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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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