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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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Aug 1, 2010 - The Mariposa Grove

We drove to the visitors center in Yosemite National Park today to plan our stay and do a little sightseeing. The visitors center is near the Wawona Hotel that was started in 1897. It is a wonderful hotel with a golf course! From the hotel we decided to take the shuttle to the Mariposa Grove of giant Sequoia trees. The shuttle makes seeing the park great and it is included in the entrance fee (we use our Senior Pass and get in free). At the Mariposa Grove we took the tram for the 7 mile tour of the big trees. We learned that the Sequoia...

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Jul 24, 2010 - Yosemite National Park

Thursday we drove from Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park. It was about a 5 hour drive- not too bad. As soon as we arrived, we took a 2 hour tram tour through the park. We learned many interesting facts about the park and its history. We were all fascinated that one of the largest peaks has been climbed by a 9 year old, an 81 year old, a parapalegic, and a woman with NO GEAR!!!! We also learned about firefalls, controlled forest fires, and about stage coaches being robbed as they ventured through the park. Later, we walked to the largest...

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Jul 15, 2010 - A day of confusion and frustration

We had decided to skip Sequoia National Park and go to Yosemite since they also had Sequoias. There are two KOA’s – one south of the park and one further north on the west side. Karen had planned for us to go to the northwestern one since that would put us closer to San Francisco and not require us to back track. This seemed to be the main entrance to the park. Meanwhile, Bobby had called the south one the night before and they said they had plenty of room for a pop-up. We started to put together the pieces of our miscommunication just as...

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Jul 5, 2010 - Yosemite

Last nights fireworks were fantastic lasting around 20 minutes. All were in great spirits so the atmosphere was unbeatable. Seeing all the boats lit up on the lake and family and friends celebrating their National day was a delight. A mass exodus started straight after causing some traffic chaos so we waited a bit missing the worst of it. I though once back at camp we were off to bed, but our guide had other ideas. He explained as we had such a limited amount of time in each place that we should 'Go hard', in other words early mornings and...

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Jun 21, 2010 - Yosemite National Park

On the road by 7:45 am and making our way to Yosemite for a full day of hiking and exploring! BEAUTIFUL drive. It took about 3 hours and we made it to Yosemite Village in the center of the park in time for lunch. We stopped along the way to watch a raging river and see many extraordinary waterfalls. We parked the car and took trams to various spots for hiking. The boys had a great time. We found a spot with sturdy rocks and climbem them to get a better look at Yosemite Falls. The falls were incredible and they best they had been in years....

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Jun 19, 2010 - Giant Sequoias

Saturday, we went to the Mariposa Grove where the giant sequoias grow. These ancient trees, some of them thousands of years old, are (as Melissa would say) ginormous, the largest living things on Earth. You cannot imagine their size if you are not standing among them. Many of the pictures that are posted are meant to be sewn together because there is no way to capture the whole tree in one image. When we walked through this forest of giants, we thought about the fact that most of these trees were here before our country began, before the...

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Jun 18, 2010 - Lower Yosemite Falls

On Friday we went to the Lower Yosemite Falls. It was a very easy and beautiful hike. It is awesome to watch the water dance as it fell then ran over the rocks in shallow rapids. There were logs to climb on and rocks to climb over. And of course some cliffs to scale!

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Jun 17, 2010 - Mirror Lake

On Thursday, we went to Mirror Lake. It was kind of a disappointment compared with the rest of the park. The trail we hiked to the “lake” was also a horse or mule trail and much of the trail was covered with dried or fresh manure. Some of us were wearing sandles because it was rated as an easy hike, so it was pretty disgusting. When we got to Mirror Lake, we found that it was really just a small pond, not a very beautiful one either. As we walked around we found some prettier areas but in general, it was not impressive so we started back...

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Jun 16, 2010 - A Hike to Half Dome

Michelle- First off, sorry for the lack of updates on this. We have been in Yosemite, the land technology forgot, for 5 days. No internet, no cell service, no electricity, no hook-ups. On Tuesday, we traveled to Yosemite National Park. It is an amazing place. We began our stay in a campground in Yosemite Valley in the middle of the park. This is the most popular part of the park and is very busy. The kids met some friends, Taylor, Nick and their little brother Joshua. They had a lot of fun with them. On Wednesday, Dean, Melissa, Joshua and...

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Jun 3, 2010 - Yosemite

Climbing up and up into Yosemite National Park, there was a sense of awe as we passed our first bear. We thought it was a grizzly, but it was just a blonde black bear. Interesting enough for a fender bender with two cars slowing in the opposite direction! The ranger encouraged us to keep moving as it looked like he might have more than one accident on his hands! Our first views of half dome, the valleys and the waterfalls proved this to be a jaw dropping, amazing, natural wonder. I had visited Yosemite once before. Our California girl,...

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