LOVECATS

LOVECATS
by The Cure

thinking of you (“We missed you hissed the love cats”)

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LOVECATS

We move like cagey tigers
We couldn’t get closer than this
The way we walk
The way we talk
The way we stalk
The way we kiss
We slip through the streets
While everyone sleeps
Getting bigger and sleeker
And wider and brighter
We bite and scratch and scream all night
Let’s go and throw
All the songs we know

Into the sea
You and me
All these years and no one heard
I’ll show you in spring
It’s a treacherous thing
We missed you hissed the lovecats
We missed you hissed the lovecats

We’re so wonderfully wonderfully wonderfully
Wonderfully pretty!
Oh you know that I’d do anything for you
We should have each other to tea huh?
We should have each other with cream
Then curl up by the fire
And sleep for awhile
It’s the grooviest thing
It’s the perfect dream

Into the sea
You and me
All these years and no one heard
I’ll show you in spring
It’s a treacherous thing
We missed you hissed the lovecats
We missed you hissed the lovecats
We missed you hissed the lovecats
We missed you hissed the lovecats

We’re so wonderfully wonderfully wonderfully
Wonderfully pretty!
You know that I’d do anything for you
We should have each other to dinner
We should have each other with cream
Then curl up in the fire
Get up for awhile
It’s the grooviest thing
It’s the perfect dream

Hand in hand
Is the only way to land
And always the right way round
Not broken in pieces
Like hated little meeces
How could we miss
Someone as dumb as this?

I love you, let’s go
Oh, solid gone
How could we miss 
Someone as dumb as this?

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Vista Point – Benecia, California

Vista Point – Benecia, California
(exit Lake Herman Rd from the 680 freeway)

“Do you know the way to San Jose? I forgot my map from Triple A!”

Coming south on our Oregon roadtrip from Winters on the 505 freeway and Highway 80, there was too much traffic going into San Francisco! We should have stopped in Napa & Sonoma wine country, but instead took the 680 freeway towards San Jose. There’s a great Vista Point in Benecia at the Lake Herman Rd exit so we decided to stretch our legs and take in the view.

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The View of the Reserve Fleet at the Vista Point – Benecia, California

 

Benicia is a waterside city in Solano County, California, United States. It served as the state capital for nearly thirteen months from 1853 to 1854. Located in the San Francisco Bay Area along the north bank of the Carquinez Strait, Benicia is just east of Vallejo and across the strait from Martinez.

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Connections to Benicia include Interstate 680 from Martinez to the south and Cordelia Junction (Fairfield) to the north, and Interstate 780, Columbus Parkway, and other local roads from Vallejo to the west. Amtrak runs past the city north towards Sacramento, but the nearest train station is in Martinez across the Carquinez Strait. Amtrak and the Union Pacific Railroad cross the strait alongside the Benicia–Martinez Bridge.

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Super Bowl 50 – BRONCOS WIN!

Super Bowl 50 – DENVER BRONCOS WIN!

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It’s Monday afternoon, the day after. Did you go to work today?

I have a massive headache.

I guess it’s a good headache. I celebrated the Broncos winning Super Bowl 50!

(Read the previous Blog for the “set-up” on the Denver Broncos and Super Bowl 50)

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I predicted the Broncos would win 27-17, the final score was 24-10.

And there was much rejoicing! The Denver Orange Rush – Orange Crush 2.0 DOMINATED! Fans celebrated into the night and early morning, both in Denver and around the world. Peyton Manning got another ring, drank a lot of Budweiser and went to Disneyland today!

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We had a party and watched the game.

On the Menu: Baked Buffalo wings, crudité plate with ranch dressing, garlic hummus & fresh made guacamole with tortilla chips, pistachio nuts, Doritos cool ranch chips, lightly salted peanuts, mini twist pretzels, pepperoncini kettle chips and MEGA peanut M&Ms. NOTE: It was a non-alcohol day, so orange/pineapple/cran-raspberry juice, iced espresso and coke were the beverages of the day. And of course there were Oranges!

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ORANGE! GO BRONCOS!

Halftime Show (for better or worse)

Coldplay just sucks. Pop music that doesn’t matter. Someone asked when they saw the rainbow motif, “Are they gay?” Other really snarky comments were tweeted. Then Bruno Mars got uptown funky, and was the highlight of the Halftime show, you can’t not like him. And then we were treated to Beyonce’s crotch! I think I like her old stuff better. Nothing wrong with a little “booty-shaking” at the Super Bowl though! It was better than “Up With People” or the New Kids On The Block. I was entertained (for better or worse).

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Bruno Mars getting’ uptown funky at Halftime!

 

BRONCOS FOR THE WIN!

Big Congratulations to everyone involved! I thanked them in the previous Blog, and I’ll thank them all again! This win was sweeeeeeet!

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“Now I’ve won the Super Bowl…”

And then Peyton thanked Budweiser, G-d and Papa John…

Here’s the real CHAMPION of Super Bowl 50:
Assistant Coach of the Year Wade Phillips!

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Assistant Coach of the Year Wade Phillips, defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

And he can take a hit: (RIGHT CLICK AND “OPEN IN NEW WINDOW” TO SEE VIDEO) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAMJ2zXS19Q 

The Denver Defense won the game! They dominated all season long. The “Orange Rush” was the deciding factor in every game they won, and the secondary was exceptional.  the Orange Crush 2.0 excelled at pressuring the QB, executing pass coverage and making big plays when needed. And all three were key factors in the Broncos victory.

MVP Von Miller

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Von Miller earned the Super Bowl MVP with 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles on Carolina Panther’s quarterback Cam Newton.

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The Empire State Building in New York City Lit Orange & Blue for the Broncos Win!

Aqib Talib?

Now I’m going to talk about Aqib Talib and his OUT OF CONTROL BEHAVIOR. He should have been ejected (or benched by Denver) in the first quarter! He should have been traded after the eye poke against the Colts in November! He cost the Broncos 35 yards in penalty yards in the first quarter of Super Bowl 50 with two personal fouls, including an INTENTIONAL FACEMASK!

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WTF? Personal Foul 15 yards, Automatic First Down!

Late in the fourth quarter the Indianapolis Colts had pivotal third down, but Talib was hit with an unnecessary roughness penalty for INTENTIONALLY POKING Allen in the eye. He cost the Broncos the game against the Colts and was suspended without pay for the next game against the Kansas City Chiefs for his eye-poke of Colts tight end Dwayne Allen. After the game, Talib didn’t even remember poking Allen. “I don’t even remember, man,” he told USA TODAY “Just mad. I can’t even remember, man. I don’t know.”

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This was an INTENTIONAL FACEMASK! Personal Foul 15 yards, Automatic First Down!

Here are Aqib Talib’s 2015-2016 Stats:

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What the F*ck? Is Aqib Talib’s play so valuable that he should be allowed to cost the team a win and give the Broncos a black eye along with the other team’s player? Do we need a player who commits intentional penalties and deliberately injures other players? If the Broncos had lost, there would have been a lot of questions about his first quarter play!

And what about Cam Newton? What a LOSER! He got beat. He got punished. He was sacked six times and he fumbled in the fourth quarter with four minutes left when Von Miller threw him to the ground. Not only did Newton not go for the loose football, he jumped back after the Broncos’ defenders dove for it.

After his behavior this year and all his trademark celebrations: his dabbing and dancing, his fake jump shots after touchdowns, he completed 18 of 41 passes for 265 yards and ended the game with one interception and two fumbles. He was throwing a tantrum on the sideline and in the end zone during the fourth quarter, showed little respect to the winning opposing team and then acted badly after the game.

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Cam Newton’s New Dab! What a Baby!

Cam Newton only spent five minutes an the post game press conference before bolting. “They just played better than us. I don’t know what you want me to say. I’m sorry. They made more plays than us, and that’s what it came down to. We had opportunities. It wasn’t nothing special that they did. We dropped balls. We turned the ball over. We gave up sacks, threw errant passes. That’s it. They scored more points than us.”  After the constant beating from the Broncos Defense, poor sportsmanship, bad behavior and a bruised ego was all he had left after the game.

 BRONCOS WIN! FIRE PHIL SIMMS!

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Only a few of the Tweets from the AFC Championship Game:

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And only a few from Super Bowl 50:

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Well, it was a VERY GOOD DAY! The Broncos won the Super Bowl! I am very happy.

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Oh Yeah! The Denver Broncos Win Super Bowl 50!

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This just in! Dead & Company headlining at Bonnaroo 2016 in Manchester, Tennessee on June 9th and will hit the road for a summer tour starting June 10th!

Dead & Company Tour Dates 2016
June 10 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
June 16 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
June 17 – Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
June 20 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
June 21 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
June 23 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
June 25 & 26 – Flushing, NY @ Citi Field
June 28 – Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theatre
July 2 & 3 – Boulder, CO @ Folsom Field
July 7 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 9 & 10 – East Troy, WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre
July 13 – Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
July 15 & 16 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park

The jam band is also scheduled to appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on February 18th.

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Super Bowl 50 at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, California

SUPERBOWL SUNDAY!!!! GO BRONCOS!!!!

SUPERBOWL SUNDAY!!!! GO BRONCOS!!!!

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Denver Broncos – AFC Champions 2016!

Well, it’s 3:30am on Superbowl Sunday, kickoff is twelve hours away, and I’m so excited I just can’t sleep! GO BRONCOS! My team is in the Superbowl again!

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GO BRONCOS!

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I stated it before the season started and there are live breathing witnesses who heard me say loud and proud, and without hesitation, “The Broncos are going to the Superbowl.”

Thank you Peyton Manning! Thank you John Elway!

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GO PEYTON!

Thank you Brock Osweiler! Thank you Brandon McManus and Britton Colquitt!

Thank you C.J. Anderson, Ronnie Hillman, Juwan Thompson, Vernon Davis, Owen Daniels, Virgil Green, Jordan Norwood, Andre Caldwell, Bennie Fowler, Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders! Thank you to the entire offensive line!

Thank you Orange Crush 2016! THE DENVER DEFENSE DOMINATED EVERY GAME!

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New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (12) is hit by the Denver Broncos outside LB Von Miller (58) and called for a late hit penalty after being sacked by Broncos DE Vance Walker (96) during the 2nd half of the Nov. 29, 2015 game in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

They penalized us, they fined us, they suspended players and the Denver Broncos still made it to the Big Game. Many of the penalties were due to STUPID out of control behavior, and at least one cost us a win. Late hits and personal fouls are just wrong. However, some of the penalties were just bad calls and we’ll never know what really happened with a certain officiating crew in question. Record fines were issued to Denver players and suspensions were ordered (again some for questionable offenses and some were absolutely well deserved) by the NFL, and still the Broncos were triumphant!

Thank you and congratulations Wade Phillips! (Assistant Coach of the Year!)

Thank you Gary Kubiak! Thank you to the entire Coaching Staff, Crew, Employees, Volunteers, Groundskeepers, Security and Office Personnel! Thank you to the Sponsors!

Thank you Denver Broncos Cheerleaders! Best dance team in the NFL! Thank you Sam!

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The Denver Broncos Cheerleaders!

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I’ve been a Broncos fan for 40 years and have the pictures to prove it!

I went to the market and I’m ready for the big game, now only eleven hours away.

I told a friend earlier tonight (yesterday) that this time tomorrow (today after the game), I’ll either be very happy or very sad. I’m betting on HAPPY! Enjoy the game!

GO BRONCOS! FIRE PHIL SIMMS!

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GO BRONCOS!

p.s. FIRE PHIL SIMMS! Here are just a few comments from the last few games on CBS:

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FIRE PHIL SIMMS! Thank you @PhilSimmsQuotes & @PeytonMForehead!

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THIS JUST IN! Puppies predict the Denver Broncos will win Super Bowl 50!

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Puppies predict the Denver Broncos will win Super Bowl 50!

My prediction Sun 9:35am pst> Final Score: Broncos 27 – Panthers 17 GO BRONCOS!

“He became a man the day of the greatest game he ever played. Everything he ever knew about common decency and morality he learned that day in December from Alan “The Horse” Ameche; and today in the Superbowl he would earn his wings. The crowd had assembled; a crowd of America’s elite. Toyata salesmen from all around the country — orientals and even those suspected of being orientals — stacked on the thirty yard line watching him sweat and wipe caked blood from his face. The Gallow brothers — Ernest and Julio — party guys who had skinned a few Mexicans and forced them to carry them on their shoulders down to the pre-game tailgate parties at the colosseum. The Pepsi and Coca Cola bottlers of America — Coke adds life; It’s the real thing — bombarded by missiles; flying flaming matchbook covers. The waterheads from General Motors up in the top seats where they belong; getting the worst of the pollution. All sorts of weird motherf*ckers were at the game.”-“Where the Buffalo Roam” Bill Murray as Hunter S. Thompson.

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Bill Murray & Peter Boyle in “Where the Buffalo Roam”

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“Tickets, passes and a key? Must be some sh*t goin’ down somewhere.”

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Remember! Don’t be this guy at the party!

GO BRONCOS!

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GRATEFUL DEAD! 50 YEARS!

GRATEFUL DEAD! 50 YEARS! “What a long, strange trip it’s been!”

GRATEFUL DEAD * 50 YEARS!

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50 years ago, Dec 4, 1965: Jerry, Bob, Phil, Bill & Pigpen first played music as the Grateful Dead, the house band for Ken Kesey and the Merry Prankster’s Acid Test in San Jose, California!

Can You Pass the Acid Test? Nov 27, 1965 in Santa Cruz, CA

Can You Pass the Acid Test? Nov 27, 1965 at Ken Babbs’ Chicken Farm

“This is a One-of-A-Kind Poster, hand drawn, and not mass distributed for the event. It is likely the only one made, or at least, the only one that survived. At this point in the early acid test days, Posters and handbills were not being used to advertise events. Instead, small Posters were placed up in local coffee shops and hangouts around town, of which there were several up and down the bay, but the most prominent of these was a little place called the Catalyst. At the time, it was a lively coffee shop, but now it has moved up the street and small bands play there, as it has been turned into a club. This particular item was taken down by someone from the Catalyst Coffee Shop at the time. I spoke to Lee Quarnstrom, who worked at the Hip Pocket Bookstore in ’65, and lived at the Spread, and attended the event. Lee stated something extremely revealing to me in a private conversation when I visited with him. Lee stated, “The Hip Pocket Bookstore and the Catalyst were connected together. A person could walk from one to the other without ever going outside or leaving the building.” This statement reveals a lot. What it means is that this Poster could be the main advertising and only advertising for the first Acid Test event, besides the sign Norman Hartweg tacked onto the board that belonged to Babbs. Or maybe this was the sign? Either way, in my opinion, this is the most important piece of Acid Test history to survive. Truly Miraculous!”

From Postertrip.com: The Acid Test Chronicles
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“Never Trust a Prankster!”

The next acid test took place fifty years ago in the wee hours of Dec. 4, 1965 at Big Nig’s house, a rambling old Edwardian near downtown San Jose, after the Rolling Stones had played a show at the San Jose Civic Auditorium, a 3000 seat venue built in 1934, with the Dead and Kesey’s gang in attendance. After the Stones’ concert, the Pranksters passed out Crayon-lettered handbills for a house party. Their cryptic message was a street address and the words: “Can YOU Pass the Acid Test?” About 300 to 400 people showed up and the Grateful Dead played until the police broke up the party.

“NO LEFT TURN UNSTONED!”

The First Acid Tests in 1965
    • 27 November; Santa Cruz (Ken Babbs’ Chicken Farm in Soquel), California (first performance by the Grateful Dead, still known as the Warlocks)
    • 4 December; San Jose (Big Nig’s House near downtown), California
    • 11 December; Muir Beach, California
    • 18 December, Palo Alto, California
    • 24 December; Portland, Oregon

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Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary! Wave that Flag!

Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary! Wave that Flag!

 

Dancing in the Streets - Haight Ashbury 1967

Dancing in the Streets – Haight Ashbury 1967

The Grateful Dead early 70s

The Grateful Dead early 70s – What’s Jerry holding?

The Grateful Dead at Watkins Glen Raceway, New York July 28, 1973

The Grateful Dead at Watkins Glen Raceway, New York July 28, 1973

The Grateful Dead Movie 1977 directed by Jerry Garcia

The Grateful Dead Movie 1977 directed by Jerry Garcia

Jerry Garcia - Egypt 1978

Jerry Garcia – Egypt 1978

From "High Times" 1980

From “High Times” 1980 – Warfield Theatre & Radio City Music Hall

KLOS 95.5 FM - UCLA Pauley Pavillion 1982

Grateful Dead KLOS 95.5 FM – UCLA Pauley Pavillion 1982

Happy New Year! Balloon Drop San Francisco Civic Auditorium 1983

Happy New Year! Balloon Drop 1983 at the San Francisco Civic Auditorium

Grateful Dead ticket stubs (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Great Shows! Some of My Grateful Dead Ticket Stubs (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Remember cassette tapes?

Good Ol’ Grateful Dead! Remember cassette tapes? Still have these…

Grateful Dead Twenty Years So Far 1965-1985

Grateful Dead Twenty Years So Far 1965-1985

Jerry Garcia 1991

Jerry Garcia with the Grateful Dead 1991

Happy Jerry Day!

Dio de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) 2015

The Dead - Live at the Forum in Los Angeles 2009

An Evening With The Dead – Live at the Forum in Los Angeles May 9, 2009

UC Santa Cruz McHenry Library - Grateful Dead Special Collection - Jerry Garcia's Hand

UC Santa Cruz McHenry Library – Grateful Dead Archive Special Collection – Jerry Garcia’s Hand

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University of California, Santa Cruz – McHenry Library’s Grateful Dead Archive Special Collection

"The Fiddler" Stained Glass at the UCSC Grateful Dead Special Collection in Santa Cruz

“The Fiddler” Stained Glass at the UCSC Grateful Dead Special Collection in Santa Cruz

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Somewhere, over the Rainbow....

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Travel Answers: San Francisco! Yosemite!

Travel Answers for San Francisco and Yosemite:

Q: What’s a great day trip from SF that’s not wine country?

A: Great Day Trip from San Francisco?

Drive south on beautiful Highway 1 to Santa Cruz. Stop along the way in Pacifica, Half Moon Bay, Davenport and/or at Ano Nuevo State Reserve and see the Elephant Seals.

Pacific Ocean from Highway 1 (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Pacific Ocean from Highway 1 (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Visit the beach and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, shop the Pacific Garden Mall, and check out the University of California, Santa Cruz (arboretum, performances, museums & special collections at the McHenry Library). Tour the campus, there are great views of Monterey Bay, art installations and walking paths/roads through the meadows, pastures and redwood forest on the hill (just stop and get a visitor pass at the main gate).

There are plentiful beaches, galleries, shops, restaurants, bars, wineries, clubs and other performance venues in Santa Cruz and in the nearby communities of Capitola, Aptos, Felton & Bonny Doon.

Check out the world famous Mystery Spot and Lighthouse Field State Beach! The Evergreen Cemetery est. ~1885 is one of the oldest in the bay area and state and it’s now a tourist attraction.

Return to San Francisco via Highways 17 (880) to San Jose and the 280 or 101 freeways back to the city sometime after sunset.


 

San Francisco from the Bay Bridge (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

San Francisco from the Bay Bridge (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Q: Best 3-day weekend trip from San Francisco? Looking for something outdoorsy that would be a good use of weekend summer trip. Ideally somewhere warm enough for sun, swimming & shorts. Probably for a small group (either 2 or 4 ppl).

A: 3-Day Trip from San Francisco? People have already recommended Big Sur, Carmel, Monterey and Santa Cruz to the south. Marin, Napa, Vallejo, Mendocino, and Lake Tahoe to the north. So how about going east to Yosemite National Park? Yosemite, Merced, Mariposa are all within driving distance and only a few hours away. Just make sure to make a reservation! http://www.nps.gov

Half Dome - Yosemite, California (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Half Dome – Yosemite, California (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)


Q: Best airport to fly into for a week at Yosemite?

I’m planning a fall trip to Yosemite and trying to figure out which airport to fly into: Sacramento, Fresno, San Fran? I’m coming from New York so I have some airline options. I’m most concerned about which airport will have sufficient car rental options and flights at all hours.

A: If you’re flying in from NYC, you’re going to have to land in San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland or Los Angeles. Each has it positives and negatives, so base your decision on the cost of airfare and then determine the best mode of transport from your destination city.

Rent a car (get unlimited mileage plus insurance) or take Amtrak (train and bus combo) from Los Angeles or San Francisco/Oakland. The bus will take you right into Yosemite National Park and drop you at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls and it’s both less expensive and cleaner than driving! www.amtrak.com/san-joaquin-train

The drive from Los Angeles is about 6 hours, and you’ll travel the 5 freeway to interstate 99 through Bakersfield, Fresno and the Central Valley to interstate 41 into Yosemite.

The drive from the Bay Area is about 4 and 1/2 hours (could be longer with traffic) on highway 580 through San Leandro and Livermore to highway 205 through Manteca to interstate 120 into Yosemite.

NOTE: If you’re driving in the Sierra Mountains in the Fall, be prepared for rain and snow at higher elevations, some roads may require tire chains (sometimes a problem with a rental vehicle).

There are also tour companies that have chartered buses that will take you into the park, or backpack/bus adventure travel companies like Green Tortoise from San Francisco that include more than just transport: www.greentortoise.com/adventures/yosemite-national-park-tour-3d.php

NOTE: If you’re going to take a chartered bus, make sure the company is CA state licensed and check their safety and consumer record before buying a ticket!

Yosemite Valley, California (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Yosemite Valley, California (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)


Q: Most impressive staircases you’ve ever seen?

I recently saw some of the craziest staircases in the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. Where else in the world has cool, winding, or even weird staircases? Want to plan some trips to see them..pictures would be awesome, thanks!

A: In Yosemite Valley there is a stairway to the top of Vernal Nevada Falls that was carved out of the granite rock. You can start at the bottom of Vernal Falls and climb 2000 feet to the top of Nevada Falls and the rim of the valley.

“Climb along nature’s giant staircase, where you are rewarded with close-up views of two waterfalls and numerous geologic features (depending on how far you choose to hike)…Prepare for slippery footing and a tremendous amount of waterfall spray in spring and early summer (hence the name for this trail!).”

Follow the Mist Trail 0.5 miles up a steep granite stairway of over 600 steps! Continue on to the top of Half Dome if you have a permit (and “weather permitting”).


Yosemite Valley, California (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Yosemite Valley, California (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Q: Where was your favorite backpacking destination? Out of all the places in the world, where was your favorite backpacking destination and why?

A: My favorite backpacking destination: Tiltill Valley above Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in northern Yosemite National Park. Picture a valley just like Yosemite except there are no other people, no cars, no shuttle buses, no buildings… just an amazing wilderness all to yourself. It’s a long day hike uphill to reach the Tiltill Valley, but it’s worth the trip!

The trailhead begins at the Hetch Hetchy parking area, and it’s a rugged uphill trek past the reservoir and into the backcountry (be sure to get your permits at the ranger station and be aware you are in “BEAR COUNTRY” – problem bears are relocated to this area of the park).

p.s. I don’t recommend backpacking solo, you should always have at least one travel buddy when you are in the backcountry!


Yosemite in Winter (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Yosemite in Winter (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Q: How many days would I need to explore most of what Yosemite has to offer? I’m planning on going there some day and I would like to know how much days would I need to explore most of what the National Park has to offer! Thanks.

A: How many days in Yosemite National Park? It depends on how much of the park you want to explore. If you just want to see Yosemite Valley, you should allow at least three days. You should add more days if you want to really see everything! It also depends on how active a hiker you are because there are great things to do and day trips with varying degrees of difficulty you can experience. Ride the Shuttlebus and walk the valley, tour the valley in an open air tram, hike to Mirror Lake, picnic at Yosemite Beach, hike to the top of the waterfalls or around the rim of the valley, climb to the top of Half Dome or El Capitan. Visit Yosemite Village and the Ansel Adams Gallery and be sure to check out the The Ahwahnee Hotel.

Accommodations in the park range from tent and camp sites, RV sites, covered campsites, tent cabins, and hotel rooms. You need to make reservations for any of the concession vendors a long time in advance at nps.gov and there are lots of rules and regulations you need to be aware of before and during your visit.

REMEMBER YOU ARE IN BEAR COUNTRY!

Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoia Redwood Trees (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoia Redwood Trees (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

There are other areas to see within the park or just outside: Tuolumne Meadows, Mariposa Grove and the Giant Sequoia Redwood Trees, Wawona Point (and historic hotel), skiing at Yosemite’s Badger Pass in winter), Bass Lake, Oakhurst, and many others. You should allow 1-3 days or more for each area depending on how active a hiker/camper/skier/snowboarder you are.

If you want to experience the backcountry as a backpacker/camper you should plan 3-14 day trips. there are great areas in and around the park. I’ve been to the Tiltill Valley above Hetch Hetchy Loop and down the South Fork Merced River in the Sierra National Forest, both of which were excellent backpacking trips! Be sure to learn the necessary skills and the park rules and regulations before entering the wilderness.

You are also close to Lee Vining, Mammoth Mountain and Mono Lake State Preserve which are near the east entrance to the park.

See also John Muir Trail and the Yosemite Park website nps.gov for more info.


 

Yosemite Valley, California (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Yosemite Valley, California (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Q: You have a day to explore Yosemite. What do you HAVE to see?

I love everything about being outdoors, especially around water. I like hiking, but I don’t get too extreme. Viewpoints that are hidden/will make me never want to leave would be loved.

A: What to see in Yosemite Valley? Everything!

Ride the Shuttlebus, walk the valley paths and bridges, raft or inner tube down the river, tour the valley in an open air tram, hike to Mirror Lake, Picnic at Sentinel Beach Picnic Area, hike to the top of any of the waterfalls or around the rim of the valley or to the top of Half Dome, climb El Capitan. Visit Yosemite Villageand see the Visitor Center and the Ansel Adams Gallery, shop at Curry Village and be sure to check out the Ahwahnee Hotel. See my other answers for more.


Wawona Hotel - Yosemite (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Wawona Hotel – Yosemite (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Q: Places to stay in Yosemite? If anyone is familiar with places to stay IN the Yosemite Park… I am trying to decide between a few places… Curry Village, Yosemite at the Falls & Wawona Hotel. From what I gather there aren’t bathrooms in Wawona Hotel (not so thrilled with that idea). Any advice, please on these 3 places?

A: Yosemite Lodge at the Falls is the best place to stay, unless you can afford the Ahwahnee Hotel. It’s centrally located in Yosemite Valley near Yosemite Falls and a couple shuttle stops (almost walking distance) from Yosemite Village. The accommodations are “motel quality” but nice enough considering you won’t want to be inside very much.

Curry Village is near Half Dome, and on the shuttle route. The accommodations are mostly tent cabins with shared facilities and some full cabins with private facilities.

Both Yosemite Lodge and Curry Village have a “cafeteria” style restaurant, a “hamburger stand”, a bar/restaurant and mini-market/gift shops. Yosemite Lodge also has a nice sit-down upscale restaurant.

The Wawona Hotel sits up on the rim of the valley about a 45 minute drive from the valley floor and the village. It’s a very nice historic hotel, but not really convenient if you want to be in the valley. There are cabins with private facilities and they are very nice if you don’t mind walking outdoors to get to the main building (more of a problem in winter). Wawona is great if you want to ski at Badger Pass Ski Area, visit Glacier Point or the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoia Redwoods.

There are Ranger led nature talks available and other entertainment at all three locations. Yosemite Village has a market, a Visitor’s Center with an Indian Village and interpretive programs, the Ansel Adams Gallery, the post office and more restaurants and gift shops.

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Yosemite Falls - Yosemite Valley, California (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

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Road Trip to ‪Ashland‬ ‪Oregon 2015‬! pt. 2 – NEW BLOGS!!!

Spring 2015 Road Trip to ‪Ashland‬ ‪Oregon‬!

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Memorial Day 2015 ‪ROAD TRIP‬!

Food, Wine & Theatre in Ashland Oregon with JoshWillTravel

Food, Wine & Theatre in Ashland Oregon with JoshWillTravel

The ‪Brickroom‬ http://wp.me/p3dhVM-1AV

The Brickroom in Ashland Oregon

The Brickroom in Ashland Oregon

Oberon’s Tavern http://wp.me/p3dhVM-1Bj

Oberon's Tavern in Ashland Oregon

Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon

Harvey’s Place http://wp.me/p3dhVM-1Dn

Harvey's Place in Ashland Oregon

Harvey’s Place in Ashland Oregon

Saturday Farmer’s Market & Anti-GMO Protest http://wp.me/p3dhVM-1zH

Anti-GMO Protest in Ashland, Oregon

Anti-GMO Protest in Ashland, Oregon

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Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park – Ashland, Oregon

Ignition Gallery and Ala Kalika Rugs & Lamps http://wp.me/p3dhVM-1xO

Ignition Gallery

Ignition Gallery

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery http://wp.me/p3dhVM-1xx

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery - Ashland, Oregon

Flower of Life Crystal Gallery – Ashland, Oregon

Cripple Creek Music Co. http://wp.me/p3dhVM-1CX

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

O’Ryan’s Irish Pub and the Black Sheep Pub http://wp.me/p3dhVM-1CF

O'Ryan's Irish Pub

O’Ryan’s Irish Pub

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Tokyo Sushi - San Jose, CA

Tokyo Sushi – San Jose, CA

In-N-Out Urge! National Burger Day! http://wp.me/p3dhVM-1wu

In-N-Out Urge!

In-N-Out Urge!

National Donut Day! And a Tribute to Mitch Hedberg! http://wp.me/p3dhVM-1zk

Mmmm....Donuts.

Mmmm….Donuts.

16200 Hits! http://wp.me/p3dhVM-1Cy

Dinner Party at N/Naka! (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

Dinner Party at N/Naka! (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

“Dear Jerry” Envelope Art! http://wp.me/p3dhVM-1BO

“Dear Jerry” Envelope Art (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

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Rogue Valley Sunset - Ashland, Oregon

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