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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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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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