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Apr 16, 2010 - Day 25 Yosemite

Tonight is a Wally night (in Fresno). We spent the day at Yosemite. The waterfalls were breath-taking. And the granite cliffs were spectacular. They have a nice shuttle system there. We left the trailer at Wawona so we wouldn't have to two it thru all the twists and turns. Ralph drooled over the mountain streams that just reeked "trout fishing." We heard Japanese, Chinese, German, French, and probably a few other languages. Busloads of Asians have been in all the parks we've visited. I guess that the sheer expanse of things over here is...

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Apr 14, 2010 - Perfect Day in Yosemite

Near Yosemite April 12-14, 2010 Today we went into Yosemite National Park, into The Valley. It was as perfect a day as we could have wished and planned. When we exited the tunnel through the mountain, we saw the valley floor in front of us. To the left was the monolith, El Capitan. At the far end of the valley, Half Dome was capped with snow. To the right, Bridalveil Fall rated a “10.” Behind Bridalveil Fall, Glacier Point was covered with snow. In fact, all the mountains surrounding the valley floor were covered with snow. We had a...

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Mar 27, 2010 - Yosemite: Sightseeing Waterfalls and Dewey Point

Yosemite is one of the best parks in the entire United States. For thise who have not been to Yosemite, you have no idea of what you have been missing. The park is so enchanting and the most favourite to visit in California. For this trip, it is an overnight to Curry Village. Our team leader is Gary P of Trailmix. Check out some pics; Day 1 (sighseeting

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Mar 17, 2010 - Yosemite National Park

Basing ourselves at Coarsegold at an Escapees SKYP Park we headed for Yosemite National Park. To get to the park boundary on Highway 41 was a mere 20 miles but then to get to the Yosemite Valley, the core of the park we drove a further 35 miles. At this time of year only the main roads to the valley are open. The eastern road called the Tioga Pass Road (Highway 120) which we had travelled seven years ago on our trial run for our extensive travel is closed between late October and early June. The Tioga Pass is at 10,000 feet! Yosemite like...

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Mar 14, 2010 - Yosemite

Four national parks in eight days - what a week. We had been to Death Valley National Park, which was far more beautiful than we imagined, and then to Sequoia and King's Canyon National Parks where the highlight was seeing the grand Sequoia trees amidst snow that was over my head in many places. Our fourth park of the week was Yosemite. I have heard of Yosemite all my life and certain highlights of the park have been photographed so much that when you see them you recognize them almost as friends. We're staying about 20 miles outside the...

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Nov 28, 2009 - Joshua Tree, Mojave and Flagstaff

On this part of the journey south we were back in the camper. We headed east from Dana Point, back through the smoggy San Fernando valley and up to 4000 feet where Joshua National Park is located. The weather was sunny but somewhat windy and definitely cold at night. The peculiar features of this area are the huge granite rock formations lying around in piles on a high plateau and the Joshua tree which is really a large yucca. We camped in the largest campground, Jumbo Rocks and went to two of the ranger lectures outside, under the stars,...

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Nov 26, 2009 - Santa Barbara, Ojai and Dana point

Ok Everyone, here is my second journal entry posted on Thanksgiving. We are actually in Flagstaff, but i am behind several postings so will do them in the next few days. We have been on the road for six weeks. i love driving down the highway on a sunny day with the scenery constantly changing as the miles roll past. Our little Eurovan is quite comfortable for driving. When we returned from Texas we spent several days with Aunt Anne in Santa Barbara. I love Santa Barbara. i used to spend my teenage summers there and had my first love who...

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Nov 2, 2009 - Yosemite National Park

This morning we got up early and headed out for Yosemite National Park. Our first stop in the park was to the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. The Mariposa Grove contains about 500 mature giant sequoias. Giant sequoias are perhaps the largest living things on Earth and some of them may exceed 3000 years in age. It is just an awesome feeling to walk among these enormous trees. We then decided just to drive the roads in the park and make sure we saw as many of the scenic vistas as we could in our limited time here. Of course, everyone...

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Our 2009 Travels

Oct 27, 2009 - Yosemite

DeAr friends and family, This is a long post as i have not been able to get online or download photos until just now. I wrote a great entry in yosemite last week but lost it when my Internet connection disappeared. We spent two weeks in the park and had lovely weather. We were li ku to spend the first day high up in towolome meadows before the pass was closed. The valley is truly spectacular with the waterfalls and sheep granite cliffs. We hiked up to yosemite falls twice )love those switchbacks) and spent time paintingand doing photography...

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Oct 12, 2009 - Our visit to Yosemite National Park

Yesterday and today we visited the park and I would imagine it to be a geologists dream. It is such an incredible array of so many different sights, and again, pictures do not do it justice. I asked Connie to pick perhaps a dozen different photos that provide a representation of all we saw. She picked 20 and even then it does not show everything seen in the park. On the first day we traversed the park from the east to the west(including a 1,000+ foot pass), and on the second day we went from southwest to south.I would also guess that the...

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Retirement Tour 2009

Oct 6, 2009 - Yosemite

We hired a car from San Francisco to visit one of the most beautiful national parks in the US, Yosemite. We were a bit worried about driving on the right side of the road, but it wasn’t actually too hard, although Hiro nearly drove into the left side a couple of times… Anyway we enjoyed the 6-hour drive to Yosemite with beautiful scenery of deserted American land and rocky Mountains. The hardest thing was to get out of downtown San Francisco with heaps of one way streets, but thanks to the GPS, we got out of the city eventually. Americans...

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Sep 30, 2009 - Yosemite

Off to Yosemite! Barney is tagging along too. We are a few miles from Yosemite. The ride in to the Valley floor is ever changing. Sequoias, turns, fire ravaged forests. They are doing some tree removal and paving projects which caused long waits. The waiting was well worth it. The Valley floor is a collage of fields, creeks, mountains, rocks, and monumental outcrops. After doing the Valley loop we headed up to Glacier Point. The Tunnel view was a collection of the main attractions. Falls, valley, and Half Dome. Had an interesting moment...

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