Thursday, May 2, 2013


We left the Elks Lodge in Visalia, CA on April the 29th, and drove for about 75 miles north to Park of the Sierra’s, the Escapees Co-op RV park in Coarsegold, CA.  It was a nice drive, other than that CA-99 is one of the rougher roads we have had to drive on.  After checking in, and getting the Jeep unhitched, we met Dave Neil driving his golf cart to the club house.  After we were parked on site 421, Brenda Neil came by and invited us to go with them to dinner at 4:30pm to the Chukchansi Casino.  They had coupons for two for ones at the buffet.  We rode with Dave and Brenda, and upon entering the casino, we obtained our gambling cards.  Then we went to pay for the buffet, and instead of charging us $12 for one, they only charged us $1.74.  During our meal, the cashier came by and gave us back our $1.74 making the buffets for the two of us totally free.  What a deal?

Tuesday, the 30th, LuAnn gave us a tour and history of the Park of the Sierra’s.  In the afternoon, we had a nice social hour at our rig with Dave and Brenda.

Today, on May 1st, we drove to Yosemite National Park.  This was our first time in the park, and it really is beautiful.  Our drive in maxed out at about 6,100 feet, and then we drove down to the Yosemite Valley Floor at around 3,000 feet.  The did not have an entrance sign that was convenient for a picture, so we have to settle for a nice view.  I think that is Half Dome in the middle of the picture.DSC06722

Driving on down to the Yosemite Valley Floor, we came to Bridal Veil Falls.  We did walk up the trail, and I took some pictures, but not one at the end of the trail because the mist was making Marilyn, I and  the camera wet.  DSC06726DSC06727DSC06728

Continuing towards Yosemite Lodge, I took pictures of the Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls.  When we go back to the park, I hope to get better pictures of these falls.  In this picture, you get a good view of the Upper Falls, and a little of the Lower Yosemite Falls.  DSC06735

We ate lunch at the Yosemite Lodge Food Court.  We bought tickets and took the 1pm two hour tour of the Yosemite Valley on a flat-bed trailer with seats towed behind a semi.  Our Ranger tour guide sat facing backwards so we could see her, and she could see us.  DSC06736DSC06737

We El Capitan.  The Ranger said that climbers in the park do not even have to have permits or prove their capabilities.  Rescues apparently happen quite often, and she said that if the climber actually had an accident, there was no charge,  However, if the incident was deemed avoidable, or the climber was was not prudent, the charge could be $3,000.  DSC06746DSC06747

These two pictures are of the same climbers on El Capitan.  The first is just with my 15x optical zoom, and the second is cropped.  DSC06753DSC06753-001

We saw Sentinel Rock, Cathedral Rock, Half-Dome, and other named ones.  Hard to identify in the pictures the following day.  DSC06738DSC06749DSC06786

Waterfalls on the tour included Upper and Lower Yosemite, Bridle Veil, and Ribbon Falls (not in order).  DSC06729DSC06773DSC06783

We walked to the Valley Visitor Center to see the film about Yosemite and its history.  If you have not seen it, it is well worth your while.

By then, it was after 4pm, so we headed home to Park Sierra.  Upon arrival, we found that a ghost had visited our house – the generator was running.  As far as we know, we do not have automatic start, and it had not been running when we left in the morning.  Plus the house was still locked.  We don’t know.

Type at you later.

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