Approaching the Sierras. Due to a mixup in reservations at campgrounds within the park, we stayed at an RV park just beyond Mariposa.
One of the major reasons that we chose to drive to the west coast was to visit our two sons who live in Berkeley, CA and Portland, Oregon. We spent several weeks in the San Francisco-Berkeley area at a regional park between Oakland and Castro Valley. This park and some of our adventures in the area will be the subject of another blog. Instead of doing a lot of “city” stuff in the area, we and Nick spent five wonderful days in Yosemite National Park.
March is a wonderful time to go to Yosemite. There are not huge crowds. In the valley, flowers are blooming; at higher elevations, there was plenty of snow for skiing. Downhill and cross country skiing were both in full swing at Badger Pass while cross country skiing was available elsewhere also. We spent two wonderful afternoons on the snow cross country skiing. The other days were spent exploring and hiking some of the country’s most beautiful terrain. We hope you enjoy the following small sampling of the many photos we took.
Jon and Lynn are two sixty-something, retired, PhD ecologists seeking the wisdom from the natural world that can only come from first-hand experience with things and events. Our current arrangement is to keep a house as a home-base near Ithaca New York, where we have lived for the past 35+ years, spend summers in our trailer around New England (where Lynn's extended family resides), return to Ithaca for the fall and early winter, and depart for warmer climes after the Christmas-New Years holidays. We travel with Moxie, a Bichon Frise, in an 28 ft. Airstream trailer pulled by a Ford F-250 dies... full info
WildflowersRoute 140 provides a wonderfully scenic approach to the the western edge of the park at El Portal, mostly following the dramatic Merced River.
FoothillsGrazing cattle, foothills and Sierras in the distance.
Merced RiverThe Merced River, runs through the Yosemite Valley and is a thing of beauty.
There are abundant riffles, runs, and pools with cobble, boulders (some as large as a fire engine), and gravel. We saw some large salmonids from a distance. Lynn and Jon were not tempted to try kayaking in the Merced River.
LandslideThis is a major landslide that eliminated a section of one of the major routes into the park. There are now tons of debris for hundreds of feet above the former roadway extending into the beautiful Merced River below. Any dislodging of debris would greatly affect the river and whole valley. Two bridges have rerouted traffic to the other side of the river where there is a one-lane road only. Quite a quandary!
Yosemite ValleyThe Yosemite Valley contains the "post card" peaks, waterfalls, and tourist attractions. Free shuttle buses are available from central parking areas in the valley.
Family ShotNick, Lynn, and Moxie in the Yosemite Valley. Note Bridalveil Falls to the right of Nick's shoulder; El Capitan is to the left of Lynn's head. Moxie is more interested in the ground squirrels.
Yosemite FallsUpper Yosemite falls seen from the Yosemite Falls trail. This is the tallest free-falling waterfall in the continental US.