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May 11, 2017 - No mules today, it wasn't always so,.......

Warm and sunny again today. We had a relaxing morning at V& T's. T cooked eggs , ham and hash browns so we had a light breakfast. C played with Rocco ( a Keeshond = very fluffy!! ) - he loves his babies; small rubber duckies with different characters. He also loves people to try and get them before he can, so C obliged! We did a bit more washing - just to keep up with it, and packed one bag for the trip to Pine Mountain Lake about 1 1/2 hrs northeast towards the Sierra Nevada Mountains. We headed out through to the other side of Modesto,...

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May 10, 2017 - Yosemite National Park is Great

As we have all heard. California has had a lot of rain and the high country a lot of snow. What does that mean for Yosemite - gallons and gallons of water running over the normal falls, falls where there are not normally falls and rivers running fast. I have talked to two people older than me (yes there are a few) that have been in this area all their lives and they have never seen so much water running over Yosemite falls and the falls that are not normally there. When I was at Cascade Creek there was 2 professional's there taking...

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Sep 28, 2015 - Groveland CA – Stanislaus National Forest - Diamond O Campground

Chose this campground because it was close to Yosemite National Park. It was a bit of a harrowing drive into the campground on a bumpy, narrow forest road with logging trucks coming at you, but Rog got us there and back a couple of times. Of course, it was better without the 5th wheel when we met the logging trucks, but I didn’t care much for it either way. Took the driving tour through Yosemite and got a good look at both Half Dome and El Capitan. El Capitan is a favorite for experienced rock climbers. Rising more than 3,000 feet above the...

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Retired at Last!

Apr 30, 2015 - I made it to Yosemite Lakes TT

It is beautiful here. Beauty sometimes is not good. No TV again this week and NO cell service. Wifi service is terrible here. I have to drive about a 1 1/2 miles to get cell service and sometimes a little further. We are about 5 miles from the Hwy 120 entrance into Yosemite. Will be going into Yosemite several times.

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Jun 17, 2014 - Yosemite National Park day 2

Well the second day we drove the 21 miles to get into the park and then proceeded to drive another 110 miles just in the park as we went to Glacier Point, this is a view from the top of the mountain over looking the valley and all the the falls as well as half dome. The drive was difficult as it was all up and down, we would drop to 100 feet and then raise to 5000 and drop again. The views from Glacier were great, this side of the park was not quite as crowded but again all parking spaces were taken and you had to circle and wait for...

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Jun 16, 2014 - Yosemite National Park

Well today was our first day to go into Yosemite National Park, to drive into the park from campground was 21 miles and we were one of the closest campgrounds, there were a few other idiots that drove up to the campground. After getting into the park we drove up more mountains and then back down to get to the valley, we took two or three hiking trails to get out and see half dome from the floor of the valley. At this point Yosemite is a little disappointing, crowded as any national park as we have been in, mostly California license plates....

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Jun 15, 2014 - Yosemite Arrival Day

Holy Crap batman, we arrived in Yosemite Pines Campground, after driving from Reno. The last 10 miles were all UPHILL with curves and switch backs. Oh did I mention that there were no guard rails on the passenger side, and Cindy was so frighten that she forgot to take any pictures on the way up the mountain. On the trip from Reno we climbed to a 7000 foot summit and then for 40 miles went down hill on I 80, by the time we reached Sacramento we were down to 500 above sea level only to back at 4000 by the time we reached the campground. Being...

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May 31, 2013 - Groveland, CA - Yosemite Pines

Our trip from Madera to Groveland, CA was an uneventful 105 mile trip through the countryside - until the last 10 miles! That is where we started up the New Priest Grade Road. This is a road that was built as an alternative way up the mountain to the Old Priest Grade Road which rose 1500 feet in a mere 2.7 miles. It takes about six miles to cover the same change in elevation on the New Priest Grade Road, so the grade is about half of the older road. Vehicles over 7,500 pounds are prohibited on the old road due to the large number of...

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Aug 27, 2012 - 'Shirley' day

A ‘Shirley day’ for us. Two couples are going back into the park to go to Glacier Point. It is supposed to be the ‘Alps of the West’ but, there again, no snow – too dry. It was at least a 70 mile one-way trip so we opted out. I didn’t want to ride in the car all day and see more trees – I’m done with the tree thing. We went into/through town to find a cell signal so we could make a camping reservation near Hearst Castle. It’s getting into Labor Day weekend so we knew we might have a problem. The only plus is the group is splitting up today...

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Aug 26, 2012 - Yosemite

To Yosemite today – this park was on Bob’s bucket list to see El Capitan and Half Dome. Congress has designated over three million acres of the Sierra Nevada for protection in the National Wilderness Preservation System – 95% of it is Yosemite National Park. Yosemite’s natural beauty can be found in things big and small, from towering granite cliffs and giant sequoias to diminutive flowers. There are four geographic areas – High Sierra, Granite Cliffs, Sequoia Groves, and Valley. Smooth granite domes, craggy peaks and spacious meadows...

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Aug 25, 2012 - Travel day-Groveland-Yosemite

Today was a travel day and evn though we didn't a loong way to go, it was a long tough day for the drivers (the passengers didn't really like it either). Another narrow, very winding road with steep elevations and downs. The drivers couldn't take their eyes of the road or just 'cruise' for even a minute. They all did well and we made it into Historic Groveland, gateway to Yosemite. We again have no phone service (you have to drive back through town until you get a signal) but we have cable and great WiFi. Groveland is just 26 miles from the...

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Jul 22, 2012 - Groveland, CA

Groveland, California is an old mining town established in the 1850's. Had drinks & dinner @ the oldest saloon in Califonia: The Iron Door. Our campground was about five miles outside of Groveland and 20 miles from Yosemite NP. The park was out in the middle of nowhere with no phone, spotty WiFi and limited tv reception. It was hot & dusty but served its purpose.

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