Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Trip to Yosemite

I apologize for not posting for a few days. Kathi was sick with a stomach virus and I guess I got a mild form of it myself. Yesterday was the first time we had been out of the RV together for a week. Anyway, I am back and glad to continue discussing our 2004 travels.

On August 26, 2004 we reluctantly left Twentynine Palms, California on the way to an Escapees RV park in Coarsegold, California. We did not get to see our son Christopher for the last few days we were in 29, because he was so busy, but still it was time for us to go.

We had an uneventful drive to Coarsegold. I was moving pretty quickly as it was a 375 mile trek, so Kathi watched me more than the scenery and I pretty much kept my eyes on the road. We got to the RV park in Coarsegold and it was closed for the day. They left instructions for late arrivals to find a boondocking spot, stating they would assign us an RV space the next morning. We did not feel wanted or at home there, but we parked the RV in the boondocking area and unhooked our car, then drove through the park to check the sites that were available. We found most of the sites were taken up by long term occupants who probably owned their individual lots. We were at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, so we should not have been surprised at how unlevel the sites were, but we were surprised. So much so, that we just hooked our car back up and drove on down the road and scratched Coarsegold off our list for future RV ventures.

We backtracked a ways to The Yosemite RV Park in Fresno and checked in for the night. This RV park is now called Blackstone North RV Park, so I am not sure if we got the name wrong or the signs mislead us. Either way we had a new home. Incidentally, the first time I ever saw the word Yosemite was Yosemite Sam in Bugs Bunny comic books. I called him Yosh-Might Sam for many years before I actually saw a Bugs Bunny cartoon at the movies and heard the correct pronunciation. I was embarrassed, but I do not know why, I never said the words Yosh-Might aloud, just silently to myself as I read.

Kathi and I went to dinner in a real restaurant. Did I mention there is no place to eat in 29, except fast food? We rested for the evening after a long travel day and toured the city of Fresno the next day. On August 28th, we finally drove into Yosemite National Park. Huge mountains, a lot of curves in the road and big trees. Yosemite is one of the places we have been that make the mountains our favorite viewing sights. The waterfalls were spectacular and the air was cool – really cool, when compared to 29.

Note the waterfall at the top right.

Rock appears to be sheared in half.

Gorgous views.

View off a mountain about 1,000 feet down to the Visitor Center. 

We have been through Yosemite several times since coming from Lone Pine, California through the Tioga Pass on California 120 and on through the Yosemite National Park, but it has never felt like the same place we saw in 2004. Driving though the mountains on winding roads in an RV is completely different from driving in the car when we could pull over and enjoy the sights.

California has a lot of beautiful sights and Yosemite National Park contains many of them. I highly recommend a visit, if you get a chance.

Remember to click on the pictures to enlarge them.

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