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May 25, 2016 - The Night the Lights Went Out in ... Mariposa

Today brought a very special treat. I knew that friends Daneen Abbe and Mike Thienes were traveling near me. I met them around their warm campfire in rainy Juneau last summer. They live near Minneapolis and when they learned I would be stopping there for Tastefully Simple’s Party Palooza (how’s that for naming a conference?) they offered to keep the teardrop for me while I attended conference. As if that were not fabulous enough, when I came to pick up the camper Mike had not only cleaned off layers of grime but had also installed a number...

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May 17, 2015 - Yosemite National Park

We landed at our KOA park in Mariposa, Ca. Holy cow, are we really gonna fit a 41 foot RV into that tiny space? Well, with Art handling the RV we are in, in a snap. It's off to Yosemite and the first hike of our trip. The bus ride was an hour and half thru mountains, and I mean mountains. We took a 5 mile hike to a place called Mirror Lake. What a place! Yosemite is an enormous national park! We saw giant sequoia trees, El Capitan, and the Half Dome. The park opened to the public in 1890. We had a splendid, but tiring day! Our trip back to...

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Rolling Vacation

Sep 24, 2012 - Yosemite and the expanding chip bag

An early morning breakfast of cereal and Ruthie’s great coffee set us up for the day. Showering took a little longer than expected because I forgot to turn on the water heater. There are times for a cold shower but this wasn’t one of them. Maggie was in one of her obstinate moods and took us on the long route to the Wawona entrance to Yosemite National Park. As we entered the entrance to the park we flashed them our senior pass that we purchased several years ago and gained free admittance. The pass saved us $20 in admission fees. We chose...

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Sep 23, 2012 - On The Road Again - another chorus

Another day of getting up, getting everything set to drive to a new location and driving through the mountains. The steep inclines and descents are not bad if it weren’t for the sharp curves and steep drop offs. Ruthie is the most relaxed person I know. As I drive with white knuckles she naps along side of me. Once again she woke up and said, “Oh, I must have fallen asleep.” I said, “Yes, me too.” She was awake the rest of the trip to our new RV Resort. We pulled into Yosemite-Mariposa Koa RV Resort in early afternoon. We had made...

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Jun 14, 2012 - Journée de repos

Nous sommes déjà à la mi-parcours de ces longues vacances. Aujourd'hui, nous prenons une journée tranquille au camping afin de se reposer. D'ailleurs, ça permettra de soulager les courbatures occasionnées par notre hiking d'hier. Lecture, quelques photos et profiter du soleil sont au programme. En fin d'après-midi arrive soudainement un dindon sauvage qui a traversé le camping comme si nous n'existions pas. Il avait l'air à savoir où il s'en allait!!!

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Jun 11, 2012 - En route vers Midpines près de Yosemite NP

Aujourd'hui est une journée de route puisqu'on passe de Séquoia à Yosemite. La route se fait au travers les plantations de fruits et vignes avec les hauts de collines tout jaunes. Les arbres offrent un beau contraste. Lors de ces transferts, on en profite pour faire l'épicerie pour les prochaines journées. On passe par Fresno qui est la région laitière de la Californie. Cependant, nous n'avons pas vu beaucoup de fermes sur notre chemin. Il fait très chaud avec un beau 34C sec. Nous sommes extrêmement bien installés à ce nouveau camping,...

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Sep 19, 2011 - Mariposa, CA Temp 97

Bob misjudged the RV community (“there’ll be plenty of RV sites available on a Monday”) and we couldn’t find a RV park near Yosemite. Actually, we did find one, but it was at the county fair grounds and not an ideal site. With difficulty we picked a site mostly level and not overly wet on an open field next to the fairgrounds. By nightfall there were three RV rigs on this football size field.

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Aug 1, 2011 - Homeless Day 1: Mariposa

Road Trip Day 1! Awake at 6am with a successful morning move- lots of cursing mailing our million-pound boxes all the way to Nova Scotia, dealing with carpet cleaners, and packing a super-weighed down car. We eventually made it out of town at 1:30 and made today a short first driving day because of all the moving. We decided to stay at Josh's grandma's home in Mariposa with his sister Ashley for 2 nights to help lengthen our trip. 2 weeks is a long time to make it all the way across the country and up into Canada! Mariposa is...

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Aug 21, 2009 - Mariposa, California

Today we drove about 40 miles from our camp to visit the little town of Mariposa. We had so many people tell us not to miss this one, we are glad we listened. We are finding we love the small towns the most, and this one was no exception. By the time we got there we were hungry, so our first stop was the Butterfly Cafe for sandwiches. We saw a lot of butterfly items and found out later that Mariposa is Spanish for "butterfly", after the flocks of Monarchs seen wintering there by early explorers. The county lies at the southern end of the...

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May 21, 2009 - Yosemite: Wawona

On our last day in Yosemite, we drove south through Oakhurst and entered the park at Wawona. Wawona is a settlement on the South Fork of the Merced River, established in the 1850ies when a Vermont styled covered bridge was erected across the river. From then on, Wawona and Yosemite were promoted as a "tourist destination" resort. A stage coach route was established, running from Fresno through Wawona and further into the park. Travel time by stage, Fresno to Wawona, was a bumpy 8 hours; with an additional 8 hours needed to reach Glacier...

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Dilsea's Road Trip

May 20, 2009 - Yosemite: The Ahwahnee Lodge

We spent the day at Valley Floor, looking at the exhibits and crafts in the Visitors' Center and having lunch at the Ahwahnee Lodge. The Lodge is, of course, on the National register of Historic Buildings and is beautiful. It was built in 1927 at the request of John Muir, who felt Yosemite needed an upscale lodge in which to entertain and house potential donors for the park. It's a great old place, akin to the ones at Sun Valley or The Grand Canyon. One of it's rooms houses old photos of the Badger Pass Winter Recreation Area. Given our...

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Dilsea's Road Trip

May 19, 2009 - Yosemite: Glacier Point

Today we took the drive to Glacier Point, which is at an elevation of 7700 feet, about 3800 feet above Valley Floor. A wagon road to the point was established in 1882 and I must say that, although now paved, it still holds much of its original character! Another "white-knuckle" ride! The road winds over Badger Pass, where there is a small downhill ski area. I cannot imagine driving this road in the winter; but I guess people do. If you are ever in Yosemite, this drive is a must. The view is breath taking. And, yes, I did look down to the...

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