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Sep 26, 2010 - Yosemite and beyond!

A belated entry for Yosemite. There was little or no internet in the Park what there was, was tenuous at best. So here are a few pictures from there. The ride out which was breathtaking and a bit unnerving. Arrived at Leisa's house around 5PM. I am enjoying spending time with her NO Driving!! I do look forward to our further journey after a few days out. Elaine is visiting with her brother Stephen and I am sure enjoying her hiatus just as much. I will get some pictures today and post.

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Sep 23, 2010 - Spectacular Yosemite

Wawona, Pioneer History Center and Mariposa Grove: We strike out early Tuesday September 21 for Yosemite, where we have managed to get a reservation at the relatively rustic but reasonable Wawona hotel, which we learn also is a National Historic Landmark and celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2004. On the way, Jim contacts a potential photo tour guide and we end up scheduling a tour for late afternoon/early evening. We arrive too early to check into our hotel room, but enjoy the Wawona Visitor Center in the re-creation of Thomas Hill’s art...

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Sep 20, 2010 - Saddlebag Lake

Saddlebag Lake is just outside Yosemite in the Hoover Wilderness and is a favorite among hikers. It is also a backdoor cross-country entrance into the park by way of McCabe Lakes. The region behind and including Saddlebag Lake is known as the 20 Lakes Basin. The loop can be hiked in a day and the lakes are stocked with trout. When California trout imagine a heavenly afterlife, they probably picture a place a lot like the Twenty Lakes Basin in the High Sierra. In the quiet here above Yosemite National Park, countless sparkling streams skip...

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Sep 13, 2010 - Oops in Philly and Catching up in McLean

PLANNING FOR NEW HOUSE, A FEW BLIPS We spend the next couple of weeks (August 30-September 13) planning what we’ll need to make the Jersey house work and visiting Meg, Matt and Baby Peter occasionally as the new parents adjust to their family’s addition. Jim finds through ebay a wonderful artistic copper-front Murphy bed, a smaller elliptical machine, and some teak nesting tables in a Philly suburb so we work on checking those out and procurement as well as getting a nice closet design (after some thorough review, we select the Container...

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Sep 12, 2010 - Yosemite National Park, California

Woke up this morning, and took a look at the weather forecast, and possible routes that we could travel. We picked Yosemite National Park, and are glad we did. Yosemite is amongst the Sierra Nevada Mountain range. Another great day of riding up and down the mountains.

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Aug 29, 2010 - Catching up in DC and a Big Jersey Purchase

TIME FOR HEALTH MAINTENANCE AND CATCHING UP IN DC AREA: We are exhausted but I have scheduled doctor and dentist appointments in DC for Wednesday August 25, so we hit the road early and manage to get that all in. We have a few added wonderful bonuses: I get to see several VA colleagues and am thrilled by the nice gathering they set up, including pictures of baby Peter. Unfortunately, our timing coincides with merit review for our sister services so I don’t get to see some of the people I’ve missed but it’s wonderful to see those who are...

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Aug 27, 2010 - Yosemite jour 1

Après une première nuit assez chaude où nous avons eu de la difficulté à dormir, nous avons pris La route vers Le Yosemite National Park. Nous avons fait 200 miles de distance et j’ai conduit le camper van pour la 1ere fois avant d’arriver dans le parc. C’était un baptême assez difficile. Le parc est dans la chaine de montagnes la Sierra Nevada donc la route était toute en montées et en courbes. J’avais hâte d’arriver au camping. Pascal trouve que les routes ressemblent à celles des annonces de voitures ici. Il a fait très chaud aussi cette...

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Road trip USA 2010

Aug 27, 2010 - Yosemite jour 2

Debout aux aurores, nous sommes allez visiter la Vallée de Yosemite, l’endroit le plus populaire du parc. Il y a plusieurs beaux points de vue sur la route et nous avons aussi fait une petite promenade pour aller voir une très haute chute qui coule le long d’une immense paroi rocheuse. Nous avons diné à l’ombre des grands arbres et comme l’après-midi s’annonçait chaud (106°F/41°C), nous avons opté pour la piscine. Les longues randonnées nous paraissant trop extrêmes par cette température. On avait pas mal de difficultés avec la chaleur,...

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Aug 27, 2010 - Yosemite jour 3

Autre journée chaude sur Yosemite Valley. Nous avons fait la grasse matinée, levée à 7h45 au lieu de 6h30. Yé! Nous avons fait deux randonnées aujourd’hui, une courte avant le diner et une plus longue en après-midi vers le Lake Mirror. Mettons que le lac était pas mal à sec, mais bon la vue était belle quand même. Nous avons encore terminé la journée à la piscine pour nous rafraîchir, c’était vraiment plaisant. Nous avons encore vu des chevreuils aujourd’hui, une maman avec ses 2 petits. Trop cute! Toujours pas d’ours en vue à part celui du...

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Aug 10, 2010 - not quite so High Sierras

Dear Friends and Family, The story continues. On reaching Yosemite after our first 300 miles we found ourselves each 8 pounds lighter and fit and strong enough to play the game of two old scraggly hikers zooming past the young bucks on the steep trails. Hopefully as an inspiration to them rather than a pat to our own concerns about premature aging. Anyway things were soon to change as we spent a fine Roth family reunion in North Carolina with Laura's clan, eating excellent food and doing little but sitting and chatting in the high nineties...

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Aug 3, 2010 - On to the Yosemite Valley

Today we took another route to Yosemite to avoid the road work in the park. We drove the nice town of Mariposa and then to the park. Along the way, we had a detour in a narrow canyon to an alternate route because a huge rock slide had covered about 400 yards of the old highway. It was quite a sight and made us realize the meaning of road signs that say--"Rock Slide Area". I don't want to we there when one happens! The Valley is the central point that most people visit. There were many people in the park but the shuttle bus system and...

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Aug 2, 2010 - Glacier Point in Yosemite

After visiting the Mariposa Grove yesterday, we decided an afternoon drive to Glacier Point would be good to get a general view of the Valley and the surrounding area. Well--the view is just beyond description. We took alot of photos but they will only help us remember the real view. As the Ranger told us, from this point you can see to the north, east and west in the park. I set up our spotting scope (about 1200mm) and we say the people on top of half dome as well as those at Nevada and Vernal falls. The falls were spectacular. Everyone...

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