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Yosemite National Park and Lake Tahoe; winter touring in Northern California

Vernal Falls in Yosemite, taken last January; again, no snow in a drought year.

Cross country skiers on road to Glacier Park, usually snowed in from December to March (photo courtesy National Park Service). Our Scotty in front of Yosemite Falls last January; note, no snow in the valley. The Truckee Hotel is just north of Squaw Valley; and provides overnight accomodations. Rangers lead a snowshoe tour along Lake [...]

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Yosemite and Hetch Hetchy Valleys in a dry water year; still not to be missed!

Tourists hang from Glacier Point observation walk, with Half Dome looming in background.

  Hanging Rock juts from Glacier Point, with Yosemite Falls, running low on water, across the Yosemite Valley. Tourists hang from Glacier Point observation walk, with Half Dome looming in background. O’Shaunessy Dam, completed in 1923 and heightened in 1938, impounds Hetch Hetchy Reservoir and floods Hetch Hetchy Valley, for water bound for San Francisco, [...]

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Yosemite National Park, crown jewel of the Sierra!

Bicyclists are dwarfed by Yosemite Falls; the Yosemite Valley has miles of cycling and hiking trails! Half Dome and Vernal Falls, viewed from Glacier Point Half Dome viewed from Glacier Point almost makes your heart stop! Bridalveil Falls with Half Dome in the background The mighty Sierra, popularly called the “range of light” for its vast [...]

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