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May 19, 2009 - Lazy Day

While the heat wave has broken, it’s still plenty hot around here. So it was basically another inside day. This morning Doug went to the office and faxed off his medical records to a MD in Oregon in an attempt to get an appointment for a shot. Back home he made an appointment to have new mirrors put on the truck in Fresno tomorrow and later went into Oakhurst to pick up a package from a UPS store. It is such a hassle to get mail and packages when you are a moving target like us. JoAnn was feeling pooh and so she went to bed and took a long...

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May 18, 2009 - Mariposa Sequoia Grove

It was another early day as we drove back over to Yosemite NP this time to visit Mariposa Grove which is the home of some giant sequoia trees. It is about 35 miles closer to our park than the main park with Half Dome and all the waterfalls. They offer a tram ride around the Grove which is an hour and a half ride covering some seven miles of the area. When we checked on the prices we found tickets were $52 but seniors got on for $48. If we had known senior discounts were that small we wouldn’t have bothered to have gotten old. So we walked...

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May 17, 2009 - More Yosemite Photos

It was still brutally hot here in the mountains today. At the time of this writing, 4:30, it is 103 outside. We each ventured out for a few minutes today and hustled right back inside. Fillmore, on the other hand had enough sense to not even try to go out. He did get a bath today. He was an incredibly dirty poodle. Next he needs to be groomed. JoAnn scrubbed the floors while Doug bathed the dog. And outside of nuking some meals, that was the extent of our efforts today. We will head back to Yosemite tomorrow to visit the Mariposa Grove...

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May 16, 2009 - Yosemite NP

Friday morning we were up and out early for the 50 or so mile ride to Yosemite NP. The road was windy and twisty through the mountains so it was slow going and not easy driving. Our first stop was Glacier Point which overlooks Half Dome and the entire valley below. There was lots of snow on the ground in the forest. We were early enough so there weren’t too many people there and we could really feel the majesty and grandeur of the mountains and the valley far below. The way down from Glacier Point is the same way it was coming up; a narrow...

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May 14, 2009 - Vet Day for Fillmore

A lady that we met while checking in yesterday appeared at our door around 10 AM with her husband. They came in and chatted for a while and then she got her golf cart and took us on a tour of this park. We were already both quite impressed with the beauty and charm of the place and she really polished it off. She was one of the founders/builders of the park. Much of the work to create it was done by volunteers and not all of them were park members; many were just volunteers working for the fun of it. We remarked what an awesome job this was...

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May 13, 2009 - Park of the Sierras CA

Another long drive today: 300 miles. We are now further north than we have been in the last two years and what’s more, we are out of Arizona. We were beginning to wonder if that was possible. But yes, we really are going to the Pacific northwest just as we started to 3 years ago. We got to the Park of the Sierras, a SKP par near CoraseGold CA, were greeted warmly and assigned to a very nice site. This park is close to Yosemite NP and built on hilly land. Each site is different and most have a storage shed on it. Ours has a patio and a deck....

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May 3, 2009 - Coarsegold Rodeo!

Coarsegold is a small town but the Annual Coarsegold Rodeo is huge. This year's event marked the 57th year and featured an exceptional kids mutton bustin' competition as well as two days of professionals from all over California competing in bull riding, barrel racing, team roping, bareback and saddle bronc riding. There were vendor booths, food and entertainment galore. The weather even cooperated with a break in the rain Saturday afternoon so off we went! Now Howard used to be a real cowboy "dude" back in the day when they had acreage in...

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May 1, 2009 - Catching Up On Coarsegold!

As we spend the last weekend of our month plus stay here in Coarsegold we realize how quickly the time has passed and we will leave Monday with many of the touristy things we had planned yet to do on a return trip. We are now #43 on the lot waiting list for Park of the Sierras; a drop of 20 just in the last 30 days! This is a little disconcerting yet the longer we stay the more we like the feel of our surroundings. Howard came in one morning and announced that he had volunteered our services to help in the lot surveying project being...

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Apr 18, 2009 - Thoughts On Spring!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, STEPHANIE! Spring conjures up thoughts of cleaning, school breaks, birth, renewal, migration and warm weather. Here at Park of the Sierras in Coarsegold the weed-whackers are humming away, the trees are being pruned (call the landscape committee quick!), folks are out pulling and planting …..and oh the beautiful wildflowers change daily. Our brief cold snap has turned to 80 degrees with a very mild breeze. No, we have not immersed ourselves in the local social scene or any (Yes on the) volunteering or committee work but we...

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Apr 7, 2009 - COARSEGOLD, CA.

I was recently reminded by a Facebook Friend that My Trip Journal was not up-to-date. Oh dear, oh my...So here’s the deal! We arrived in Coarsegold exactly a week ago and actually plan to stay a month. I know I said that last summer and we only lasted a couple of weeks, having been driven out by fires, smoke and extreme heat. But spring here is different. The days are crystal clear and warm, the nights cool, low 40’s. There is rain expected later today but that’s a good thing. Spring brings so much renewal with green sprouts popping up...

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Jun 24, 2008 - Sierra Vista Scenic Byway & Wildfires!

We'll start with the wildfires first! When I first started writing this chapter there were 800 fires burning in CA. That amount is now up to 1100! Here at our pristine location near Yosemite we are completely surrounded by fires and the smoke has caused seriously dangerous health conditions. We are no longer able to spend much time outside, let alone walk up and down the steep hills here within Park Sierra and do any hiking on our scenic outings. Therefore, the beauty of mobility may once again come in handy and we will most likely leave...

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Jun 3, 2008 - Coarsegold, California....Yosemite here we come

Today we arrived at the next campground on our adventure. It is the Yosemite South KOA and part of the ROD park system. The site is $50 a night but cost us zero. The park is located about 1 mile south of Coarsegold and about 45 miles to Yosemite National Park. We will be traveling back and forth to see the sights. We will stay here one week. As promised on my last post I will try to paint a picture of our San Francisco trip. In the first photo we have the Golden Gate Bridge. It is magnificant. It was our first tourist attraction in SF and...

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