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Jun 17, 2016 - Yosemite NP, CA - Enjoying Some Time In the Valley

(Ron Writing) We could only reserve one night in our first site so this morning we moved to our new site at about 10 AM. We have 3 days reserved in this site. After getting set up in the new site we packed a lunch and went for a walk around the valley. First walked over to Half Dome Village (formerly Curry Village) to look around – then walked to the visitor center, the Ansel Adams store, watched 2 videos in the visitor center auditorium, walked to the Majestic Yosemite Hotel (Ahwahnee) and then took the tram back to the campground. Every...

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Jun 16, 2016 - Yosemite National Park, CA - A Wonderful Day in a Beautiful Place

(Ron Writing) This morning we drove from Coarsegold to Yosemite Valley and got into our campsite early. Check-in is noon but our site was vacant when we got there at about 10 AM. We got set up and then left to drive up to Glacier Point. When we got to Badger Pass Ski Area the road was blocked and everyone had to park at Badger Pass and take an NPS shuttle bus the rest of the way. It was because the parking lots were all full up at Glacier Point. The weather up at Glacier Point was very nice. Sunny, no wind, and just needed a light jacket...

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Jun 11, 2016 - Yosemite National Park

This year, 2016, the National Parks system is celebrating 100 years. What better way to celebrate than visiting a few of these parks. First up...Yosemite. Fortunately for you, the viewer, we are limited in the number of photos we can upload to this trip journal, or you would probably be inundated with hundreds of photos of the beauty of Yosemite National Park. Yosemite covers 747,956 acres (1,168.681 sq mi). The highest viewpoint in the park is Glacier Point, which is 3000 feet above the valley floor. Everywhere you look there is another...

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Mar 10, 2016 - Death Valley NP and Yosemite NP, CA

Death Valley and Yosemite National Parks are indescribable. These Death Valley photos give a glimpse of the mostly barren, but oddly colorful terrain. Tens of thousands of years ago what is now Death Valley was the floor of the Pacific Ocean. Then, with all the land shifts for which California became famous, the valley formed, the water got trapped and eventually evaporated, and the salt remained. The salt is still there and the water is still gone. Just outside the boundary of Death Valley is the unexpected Amargosa Opera House, a place...

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Nov 14, 2015 - Yosemite

Yosemite is a hard place to explain. Sheer cliffs rising as much as 3500 feet above the the valley floor. Sunlight striking the the rocks at different angles. No wonder Ansel Adams used up so many photographic plates. Yet a photograph can't possibly give you the sense of the place.

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Nov 3, 2015 - Brrrr it's cold

This morning we got up and went for a walk around Yosemite Village. We saw four squirrels, three deer and a Red Headed Woodpecker but no bears. The scenery was magnificent with gigantic mountains and two huge waterfalls. On the way out of Yosemite we stopped at the top of the mountain and got out of he car to play in the snow. It was soft on top but hard when it was compacted. We made snow angels and a snowman. Next stop is Las Vegas.

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Nov 2, 2015 - Yosemite

Today we drove from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park. When we arrived at Yosemite the Park Ranger wouldn't let us in without snow chains for our tyres as it was snowing in the park! We went and got snow chains and Mum and Dad put them on while the snow fell down on them. They did a really good job putting the chains on considering it was their first time. As we drove up the mountain there was more and more snow but when we got down into the valley where our hotel is it had disappeared. We're hoping it snows here tonight as it's very...

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Oct 2, 2015 - "Head 'em up...move 'em out"

West Yellowstone, MT Oct. 2, 2015 It's time to go. Our seasons are over, we've said most of our good-byes, the uniforms are washed and packed and on Monday we'll hook the trailer up and head to the southeast. Snow is predicted tonight at the 8,500' level which means a cold rain for us. Yes, it's time. The past several weeks, however, have been loaded with great hiking, paddling and critter watching. The elk are close to our area and several evenings we've enjoyed watching 'Wide-Wally' round up his girlfriends and bugle at younger...

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Sep 16, 2015 - From sunburns to snow showers

September 16, 2015 Bozeman, MT - Chicago, Ill - West Yellowstone, MT Labor Day weekend found us on planes, trains and taxicabs as we flew to Chicago for the grandson Noah Glick's Bar Mitzvah. Only the Sussmans would land at O'Hare during the rush hour of the 3 day weekend, jump on the Blue Line and manage to walk into the first gathering only 5 minutes late, dragging our roller bags behind us. There were parties, ceremonies, a baseball game and lots of family and friends. Our grown kids, their kids, the mishpocha (Yiddish for Steve's side...

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Sep 8, 2015 - Yosemite NP day 2

"America the Beautiful, from sea to shining sea." So true! Each park has its' own spectacular beauty. Abraham Lincoln made his best decision in office when he decided to set this land apart for the enjoyment of all. Thank you Grant for starting the National Park Service and protecting these beautiful parks. Yosemite is another majestic place. The wow factor goes off the charts. We got to watch them tackle a fire that had been burning about 24 hours. It was set by humans because there has not been lightning and it was near a trail. It was...

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Sep 2, 2015 - Ecosystems

Sept. 2, 2015 West Yellowstone, MT Presently we have clear skies in West Yellowstone, thanks to the many firefighters working in the western states (and the wind currents). West Yellowstone is home to one of the nine permanent smokejumpers bases in the west. We were reminded of that fact when two huge planes came over our housing area almost rattling our teeth. These planes which dump slurry on wildfires, were moved here because Missoula was too smoky to land! So, we decided to go visit the base and have a tour. We learned that...

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Aug 24, 2015 - Happy Birthday NPS

Monday, Aug. 24, 2015 West Yellowstone, MT Tomorrow marks the 99th birthday of the National Park System. To celebrate, visitors will have a free entry. Happy Birthday to all you parks and monuments across the USA! The word of the week is SMOKE. There are wild fires across the western states that are blowing their smoke west to east. Our skies are hazy, the air is smelly and the views are absent. WA, ID, CA, MT and OR are on fire. Several firefighters have lost their lives trying to contain what mother nature wants to burn. Our flags are at...

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