Tag Archives: Yosemite

So, you want to own a classic travel trailer?

Our rebuilt, newly painted Scotty after several years languishing in our garage.

So, you want to get a classic travel trailer? Challenges on the way to a successful rebuild… Owners of classic travel trailers, when asked “why?”, give these answers. “We wanted a small trailer easy to store, tow and that offers good gas mileage”. “We aged out of tent camping and wanted more comfort”. “We’ve seen [...]

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Updating your travel bucket list; S. California and Southwestern US destinations

Viewing and hiking in Bryce Canyon National Park's eerie HooDoos is always an other-worldly experience!

Update your travel bucket list with Southern California and Southwestern US destinations! Californians are blessed by close proximity to our state’s and the American Southwest’s incredible spaces, all within a two day drive or closer. With so many spectacular destinations nearby and a New Year, take the time to update your list of western destinations. [...]

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Travel bucket list; update your travel plans for destinations close to N. California

Rare Bighorn Sheep can be spotted in the mountains in Anza Borrego State Park.

We central Californians are blessed by close proximity to an amazing world just outside our door. Last week we ushered in a New Year with suggestions to update your bucket list of US and worldly travel destinations.  This week we offer suggestions within California. August 25, 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of our National Park [...]

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Yosemite’s high country; Tuolumne Meadows and Tenaya Lake and Canyon

Half-Dome and Cloud's Rest, from Olmsted Point on the Tioga Road.

                  We have visited Yosemite more than a half-dozen times. First, with older parents in tow, who, sadly, didn’t want to get out of the car. Then several times for more extended stays in the Yosemite Valley, including hikes and bikes around the valley, up to Vernal [...]

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Yosemite’s high country – beautiful in late summer, early fall!

My spouse and I just returned from 3+ days in Yosemite high country, following Hwy. 120/the Tioga Road up to Tuolumne Meadows. While the rivers are running low, and some of the waterfalls have dried up – this is still stunning country, clean air and worth your visit. Posting some pictures of Olmsted Point, Tenaya Lake, [...]

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Bodie, historic ghost town, and Mono Lake make Eastern Sierra memorable!

My last blog post and article in the Stockton Record newspaper profiled our recent trip over the Sierra, and along Hwy. 395.  We found this section of the Eastern Sierra green, with rivers flowing, dotted with scenic lakes and full of other-worldly destinations! Here are more photos on the historic ghost town of Bodie, and [...]

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Yosemite updates; and, Chinese Camp and Groveland, CA, take you back into Gold Rush history!

Old Catholic Church in Chinese Camp is surrounded by graves and family plots dating to Gold Rush days in the early 1850s!

  Old boarding house on Chinese Camp’s Main Street is slowly mouldering away! Old Chinese Camp Hotel, right off Hwy. 120 on Main Street – stop and tour the three blocks of old town on your way to Yosemite! Groveland’s old jail, dating to 1854, when the town was a lively Gold Rush stomping ground! [...]

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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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Hetch Hetchy Valley and Reservoir; undiscovered but stunning part of Yosemite!

Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, with Hetch Hetchy Dome on left, Kolana Rock on right, view towards Tuolumne Meadows area in distance, with snows.

          Hetch Hetchy Reservoir and the Tuolumne Valley are close cousins to the mighty Yosemite Valley, virtually undiscovered and almost equally stunning.  Hetch Hetchy is just 115 miles and a scenic day-tour from Stockton! The Hetch Hetchy Valley was the scene of one of the most epic environmental battles 100 years ago, as John Muir, [...]

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On the trail of John Muir; the road runs through Stockton and UOP!

This stately Italianate Victorian is the Muir home in Martinez, open to the public at no charge.

        John Muir, arguably the world’s first conservationist, father of the National Park Service and cofounder of the Sierra Club, spent his adult years in nearby Martinez, California and more than occasionally traveled through Stockton. The largest collection of his papers, research and writings are archived in University of Pacific’s climate controlled [...]

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