The WOW Factor . . .

Well, today was even more boring than yesterday, at least for you readers.

I hadn’t actually planned to go anywhere today, at least until dinner. But I was halfway expecting a call from the client that I just finished setting up her new computer with a new OS and a new version of MS Office (2010). She and her husband spent the last month out in San Diego and just got back yesterday afternoon. So I was betting with myself whether she would make it through the weekend without having to call me.

Well, I lost (won?). She got on the new computer about 11:30 this morning and was on the phone to me at noon. So I ended up going up to her house for a while to get her straightened out, and while I was there, I talked to her husband about what he was looking for in the new computer that I’ll be getting him in the next month.

By the time I got back home it was almost 4pm so Jan and I headed out to Chili’s for dinner, and then right down the road for a Wal-Mart visit.

And that was about it for the day.

Like I said . . . BORING!

So following in the footsteps of recent blog reposts of snow, big trees, and great scenery, here’s our first visit to Yosemite National Park in 2010.

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Thought for the Day:

For myself I am an optimist – it does not seem to be much use being anything else. – Sir Winston Churchill

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Oh WOW !!!!

Originally posted on April 29, 2010

We left the rig about 9:15 am heading out to see Yosemite National Park. As we got closer to Oakhurst, the 2nd town over, we started to see a lot of snow on the mountains that wasn’t there yesterday.

After stopping for gas in Oakhurst, we headed north about 5 miles and entered the Sierra National Forest, which borders Yosemite. Along the way we encountered more and more snow, which gave us some incredible views.

SnowDrive 2 SnowDrive 1

Another 10 miles later we entered Yosemite National Park at the Ranger Station. Because of the heavy snow last night (between 6 and 12 inches) we were told we that we needed either chains or a 4 wheel drive vehicle with snow tires to enter the Park. We had the 4 wheel drive, but no snow tires, but lucky for us they didn’t really check, so we got in. As it turned out, the roads were pretty clear and we never needed it.

SnowDrive 4

SnowDrive 3

We did see several snow plows during our drive so I guess they did a good job. But the higher we climbed the more snow we saw. We finally topped out about 6500 feet, with snow covering everything but the road. And the views were spectacular.

SnowDrive 6

SnowDrive 5

SnowDrive 7

After a lot of hairpin turns we came to the area known as Tunnel View, which of course involves a tunnel.

Tunnel

Coming out of the tunnel there was a large viewing area looking out over the valley, including BridalVeil Fall. Yes, for some reason it’s called Fall, not Falls.

TunnelVista

As we got closer, the Fall got more and more impressive.

BridalVeilFall

BridalVeilFall2

We stopped at the Fall viewing area and walked up the 1000 foot trail to the base of the fall. With all the spray in the air, it was almost like it was raining.

BridalVeilFall3

SnowPeak 2

Then it was on to Yosemite Village, which is the turnaround point for the trip, with more great scenery along the way.

SnowPeak

SnowPeak 3

As we got close to the Village, we saw the other big waterfall in the park, Yosemite Falls. Yes, this one is called Falls, not Fall. Don’t asked me why.

Yosemite Falls 2

Yosemite Falls 3

After buying some souvenirs at the Yosemite Store, we stopped and had a bad lunch at the Lodge. The best part was the cookie we had for dessert.

We also saw a lot of Sequoias in the Park. For some reason I always thought that Sequoias and Redwoods were the same tree, but they’re not. It turns out that Redwoods are only found in northern coastal California up near the Oregon border.

Sequoias

Coming home, we started seeing first rain, then sleet, and finally, sleet, hail,and snow, all mixed together.

We got home about 3:30 pm, glad to be back where it was warm and dry.

More tomorrow…

Late Update:

Tonight on CSI they investigated a murder they thought was done at a shooting range. Although the name was different, the store they used was the one where Jan did her machine gun shooting when we were in Las Vegas earlier this year.

Gun 3

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5 Responses

  1. Jan sure makes a good looking “pistol-packing-mama.” NIce to see the park again and remember getting to meet and break bread with you two.

  2. Hi Greg,
    I have some questions about Galveston that I was hoping you could answer. My husband and I are new fulltimers and just purchased our first Class A in Houston a few weeks ago and have spent the past two weeks in Baytown. Our “maiden voyage” went fine but we are still a bit nervous about driving in unfamiliar territory. We’d like to head to Galveston tomorrow but we were wondering if there is a lot of city traffic to get there. We were also wondering if you had been to any of the other parks there and which you would recommend or which you would advise us to stay clear of. We were thinking about Delanera mainly because it’s on the beach and looks like it is away from the city traffic but we’re open to advise and suggestions. Sorry for the long, rambling post. I know you spend a lot of time in this area and thought you might be able to give us some tips. Thanks in advance!
    Pam

  3. Pam,

    The traffic situation is kind of up to you.

    You will be traveling down I-45 at least part of the way. But coming from Baytown you can just stay on 146 until it joins I-45 just north of Galveston Island.

    We have never stayed at any RV park in Galveston, but we have driven through most of them.

    Delanera looks very nice, and so does Jamaica Beach RV Park 6-7 miles further down the beach, although it’s not on the beach but right across the road.

    There’s also the Galveston Island State Park. It’s on the beach, but I don’t know about availability. At least the beach side looks like you’re just parking in a big parking lot.

    Hope this helps.

  4. Thanks Greg. You must be wondering why I asked you these questions. I thought you were at a park in Galveston now. I’m sorry for the confusion. Thank you very much for answering me anyway. -Pam

  5. Pam,

    Well, we are staying at the Galveston Bay RV Park. But it’s located between Dickinson and San Leon about 20 miles or so north of Galveston.

    And on top of that, the park is not on Galveston Bay, but on the shores of Dickinson Bayou, which runs into Galveston Bay about 4 miles away.

    Hope I was able to help.

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