Thursday, December 29, 2011

Finally! Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Falls

For 20 years I have been waiting to get to Yosemite National Park and I FINALLY made it!  What I found out was that 2 days is just not enough time to see even a decent portion of what this park contains.  I also found out that the largest portion of the park is back country which I may never get to see.  
Tenaya Lake
My main goal was to get to the Valley Floor and see Yosemite Falls and Half Dome.   From Mono Lake to the Falls was over a 2 hour drive with a just a few stops but we made it by mid-morning.  After all that driving, Yosemite Falls was hardly flowing and there was a lot of smoke in the air from a controlled burn in the park.  People were plentiful!  Parking was not.  Dog was allowed to walk up to the base of the falls. This is one of the only trails dogs are allowed on .  She was happy to greet all the folks along the trial on the short jot from the parking lot to the base.
Tenaya Lake from a distance
I stayed at Mono Lake which is on the east side of the park and east of Tioga Pass rather than driving my rig over the pass and staying in one of the Tuolumne Meadows campgrounds.  The pass was steep but is certainly doable in a rig.  The Tuolumne Meadows campground has a wonderful location but also had some deeply rutted roads, plus it was a quite cold up there at the end of September.  I was happy with my choice.  

I found Lake Tenaya between Tuolumne Meadows to be great a lunch spot.  I found the drive up to the Saddle Bags Lake (not far outside the East Yosemite entrance) to have great mountain views with a lot less people.  Yosemite and the Saddle Bags area both begged much more exploration, but will have to wait till another year!

Dog checking out the Saddle Bags area


Jim Sathe said...

I just came across your blog and find it entertaining and interesting. We drove by Mono Lake in '09 and '10. Did not know there was dispersed camping available. Your photos are first rate. I will "follow" your adventures for awhile.

Sunny said...

One of the places I would like to go as well. My granparents were there in the 50's and Grandma did a painting of it in her later years from photos they took.
You were able to get very beautiful photos. That mountain just takes my breath away!

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This blog was very entertaining. The places are very nice and I want to get there also. I think it is worthy to spend money & time to those beautiful places.

Anonymous said...

Don’t most people just “come across” a blog? Well, that’s what we’ve done with yours. This is written on 7/5/12 and if you’re anywhere near Lake Arrowhead, CA you should swing by. We would love to meet you and you could pull your rig up in our cul-de-sac and have a day or two with us in the mountain home where we’ve lived (and run a home-office) for 23 years. We are semi-retired and in our early 60’s...have traveled all our lives, love the Mark Twain quote and believe in its principles. As members now of 2 different “senior” travel clubs (picture a smaller less marketing savvy “”), our road-less-traveled history is vigorous. We met as employees at a national park, studied abroad, traveled via airline-employee benefits, worked for national magazines, ran our own business for 19 years and have always tried to live our lives at least somewhat outrageously. You can relate.

How do we contact each other without the whole world seeing our communiqué? Hopefully our email address is not visible to all.

At the very least you should learn about these travel clubs (both of which have been around for about 30 years). For 10 to 20 dollars a night you can stay in private homes of other travel-lovers and while you might decide to do it for the cost savings, you’ll end up loving the experience and friendship and the like-mindedness.

Conact us?



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