Happy EarthDay 2016! Pictures of Yosemite

Happy EarthDay 2016!

It’s EarthDay Again! Love your Mother Earth!

Here are some pics of Yosemite National Park in California:

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Yosemite Valley – Yosemite National Park, California

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Yosemite National Park

 

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Yosemite Valley in Black & White 1994

 

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Yosemite Falls and Sentinel Beach in Yosemite Valley

 

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First Snow of the Season in Yosemite Valley

 

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Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park

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Morning Mist on Tenaya Lake in Yosemite National Park

 

 

 

Travel Answers about Yosemite: How Many Days in Yosemite? Where to Stay?

Travel Answers about Yosemite: How Many Days in Yosemite? Where to Stay?

How many days in Yosemite National Park?

Yosemite Valley First snow of the season! (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Yosemite Valley First snow of the season! (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Answer: 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.

Yosemite Valley, California (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Yosemite Valley, California (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

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!

Yosemite Valley, California (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Yosemite Valley, California (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

There are other areas to see within the park or just outside: Tuolumne Meadows, Wawona Point (and historic Wawona Hotel), the Mariposa Grove and Tuolomne Meadows Giant Sequoia Redwood Trees:

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

Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoia Redwoods (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Try skiing at Yosemite’s Badger Pass (in winter), visit Bass Lake, Oakhurst, and many others just outside the park. You should allow 1-3 days or more for each area depending on how active a hiker/camper/skier/snowboarder you are.

Yosemite in Winter (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Yosemite in Winter (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

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 of the Merced 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.

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

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

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

View from the Visitor's Center - Lee Vining, California (copyright 2011 JoshWillTravel)

View from the Visitor’s Center – Lee Vining, California (copyright 2011 JoshWillTravel)

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

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Good places to stay for families in the park?

Answer: In Yosemite Valley, the Ahwahnee Hotel is a luxury resort and the Yosemite Lodge at the Falls is more of a family hotel/motel. Curry Village has tent cabins and some hotel/motel type rooms as well.

There are a few campgrounds with covered camp sites, tent sites and rv sites if you want the full experience of “roughing it”.

Wawona Hotel - Yosemite (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Historic Wawona Hotel – Yosemite (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

The historic Wawona Hotel and Tuolumne Meadows Lodge (tent cabins and campsites only) are both inside the park concessionaires on the rim of the valley. Near Wawona there is the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoia Redwood Trees and skiing in winter at Yosemite’s Badger Pass and Toulomne Meadows and Tenaya Lake are worth the trip when the roads are open and there is a grove of Giant Sequoias there as well.

There are a number of hotels, condos for rent, cabins and campgrounds just outside the park too.

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YOSEMITE 2011 – Part 1 Road Trip to Tuolumne Meadows

Yosemite Roadtrip September 2011 – PART 1

My stepbrother invited me to road trip to Yosemite. The itinerary: two nights at Tuolumne Meadows Lodge and one night at Yosemite Lodge in the valley.  He arrived the night before and we woke up the next morning and hit the road early.  We traveled the 14 Freeway to Highway 395 freeway to the junction at the Interstate 120, with a stop for breakfast at Denny’s.

Big Sky on the 395 Freeway north - California (copyright 2011 Joshua Weisel)

Big Sky on the 395 Freeway north – California (copyright 2011 JoshWillTravel)

We stopped at the Lee Vining Visitor Center, used the facilities and took in the sights.  (Right click and open the picture below in a new window)

Visitors Center - Lee Vining, California (copyright 2011 Joshua Weisel)

Visitors Center – Lee Vining, California (copyright 2011 JoshWillTravel)

My step-brother heard that “you have to have lunch at the Mobil Gas Station” so we did.  Yes, there’s a grill and they serve food inside the gas station.  This is the last stop before heading up the mountain into the national park, and the closest “outside the park” place to eat and drink.  They also have live music on some nights (check the schedule, weather permitting).  My stepbrother is mostly vegetarian and ordered the fish taco plate with rice and beans and told me it was good.  We sat outside and ate lunch at the picnic tables with bikers from Germany.  I decided not to eat the gas station food based on the (over)pricing, and instead ate more of the food that we had packed for the drive.

Entering Yosemite – Tioga Pass (altitude 9945 feet)

Entering Yosemite - altitude (copyright 2011 Joshua Weisel)

Entering Yosemite – Tioga Pass – altitude 9945 feet (copyright 2011 JoshWillTravel)

The Tuolumne Lodge at Tuolumne Meadows is comprised of tent cabins and a campground served by the Lodge which has a very basic store and a dining room that serves great food.  No food is allowed in the tent cabins (and NEVER leave food in the car!),  Bear lockers are provided in the parking lot and there’s a picnic area up the road for outdoor dining.

Veiw from the Tuolumne Meadows Lodge (copyright 2011 Joshua Weisel)

View from the Tuolumne Meadows Lodge (copyright 2011 JoshWillTravel)

The lodge has free coffee and tea service all day and a communal fire in the evenings (as scheduled, weather permitting). In addition to the scheduled meal service at breakfast and dinner, visitors can pre-order food for hiking or day trips from the kitchen.

The Lodge at Touloumne Meadows - Yosemite, California (copyright 2011 Joshua Weisel)

Tuolumne Lodge – Yosemite, California (copyright 2011 JoshWillTravel)

The Tent Cabins sleep four and are the only housing option unless you want to tent camp at the campground.  It was cold and raining as we checked in and just as we got settled in to our deluxe accomodations, it began to HAIL.  The sound of the hail on the canvas roof was deafening.  Each tent cabin has a wood burning stove and the Lodge provides wood, kindling and newspaper for each unit.  We started a fire, got warmer and waited out the storm.

The view from the bed - It's HAILING outside. (copyright 2011 Joshua Weisel)

View from the bed – Cold and HAILING outside! (copyright 2011 JoshWillTravel)

Tuolumne Meadows - Yosemite, California (copyright 2011 Joshua Weisel)

Tuolumne Meadows – Yosemite, California (copyright 2011 JoshWillTravell)

Continue to PART 2:  GOOD COOKING, ALTITUDE SICKNESS, NIGHT #1, THE WALK TO THE STORE AND HIKING TOULOUMNE MEADOWS.

https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2013/03/10/yosemite-2011-part-2-tuolumne-meadows/

Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite, California (copyright 2011 Joshua Weisel)

Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite, California (copyright 2011 JoshWillTravel)

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