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Published: October 6th 2013
Yes, we did manage to get a glimpse of Yosemite. After hearing conflicting reports of road closures around the park, we decided to drive the 90 miles to find out for ourselves. Apparently, the government cannot close state roads, and there are a couple of state highways that go into the park. We were met at the entrance and were told that the road was for “thru” traffic only, no stopping, etc. Of course, people pulled off and took pictures, and some even left their cars to walk along paths. What we saw was magnificent. After a short drive we were met by another ranger in a car with flashing lights and were instructed to turn back. So although we couldn’t have lunch on the patio of the famous Ahwahnee Lodge and we didn’t get to snap the iconic picture of the half dome, we did get the “sense” of the place.
We’ve had an interesting trip traveling the length of California. The northern mountain ranges gave way to hundreds of miles of olive groves nut trees, grape vines, cotton, and other crops. Lindsay said, “that’s an awful lot of raisins!” The grey skies of Oregon gave way
to blue skies, and then brown skies the farther south we went. The extensive aqueduct and canal system is the only thing that keeps the valley from becoming a giant dust bowl. There was a wind advisory in effect which made driving difficult and probably accounted for the brown haze that was very much in evidence.
Yesterday, Lindsay negotiated another mountain range which brought us up and over to the desert. We are here today in a lovely RV resort in Palm Desert and plan a day of R&R. Yesterday was a long day – beautiful scenery, but high winds, road construction, and lots of traffic call for a non travel day of doing nothing - - maybe a dip in the pool.
Because of the National Park closures, we have had many changes of plan. Tomorrow we are going to Tucson and plan to stay the better park of the week and go “cowboy”.
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