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Yosemite Trip 2012

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1: Day 1: High winds, stop in Ogallala for balance and rotation, burgers at Underpass Grill, lots of road construction, stayed in Kimball, NE near state line with Wyoming. Day 2: Saw High Park forest fire smoke from Curt Gowdy rest stop with Lincoln statue in Wyoming, lots of wind farms, lunch in Green River,WY with new kayak launch park and friendly couple who saw our Iowa plates and said "welcome to Wyoming!" Stayed in Wendover, UT, site of old air force base. Day 3: Passed Great Salt Lake, Bonneville Flats, passed where Blake crashed near Reno - very windy! Took business route through Carson City, Nevada capital, crossed into California -- a first for both of us, scenery began to get greener, more forested. Stopped at Mono Lake Visitor Center, stayed at Lower Lee Vining campground on way in. Bought wood from a funky group of people in nearby "summer camp for seniors," had beautiful campsite near babbling brook, but woke up to fishermen standing with a few feet of the tent, fishing. Day 4: Took Tioga Pass entry into Yosemite and Tuolumne Meadows (Too-wall-uh-may), Spectacular scenery. Did two | short walks - one to Parsons Lodge and the other to Pothole Dome. Amazing to see the expanse of granite landscape from top of Pothole Dome. Shared a picnic table with Jillian, a 20 yr old on a 5 day wilderness hike, alone. Camped in T. Meadows, another beautiful spot with an hour of fierce mosquitoes. Day 5: Hiked Cathedral Lake Trail in middle of the day. Beautiful lake in granite bowl after 3.5 mile hike up. Packed up and headed to Valley over Tioga Road to Crane Flats. Olmsted Point was amazing. Day 6: Drove into valley from campsite at Crane Flat to stunning views. Ate breakfast, wrote postcards, charged camera battery and drove to Curry Village to pick up shuttle to begin trek up Mist Trail. Forgot hat, so had to buy one at nature center. Steep and crowded to top of Vernal Falls, then thinned out for Nevada Falls portion. Hot and tough climb but beautiful, and so well worth it! We could always spot the falls. At top, sat on edge with feet in cold, cold water. Dunked our heads in too, to cool off. Hiked down on John Muir Trail and for a portion, got stuck behind a pack of mules.Ran into Jillian again | when WE offered to share our table after hike. Small world. Camped at Crane Flats for a second night, met Curt from New Zealand. Day 7: One last cruise through Valley to see Yosemite Falls, El Capitan and Half Dome; looked at visitor center 3D map, drove out south through Wowona, headed to Kings Canyon. Learned our good friend and neighbor, Richard Jensen passed away. Entered Kings Canyon National Park and camped in Azalea campground before heading down to the grove of Giant Sequoia trees. Day 8: San Joaquin Valley, orange groves, Fresno, Bakersfield, Edwards AFB, 114 degree heat, 20 mile inclines, Las Vegas, and stop in Cedar City, where thankfully, it was back to 82 degrees. Day 9: Pushed on through desert to Grand Junction, CO where picked up new wool for Steve's vest. Stopped in Avon for coffee with Valinda and stayed in Brush, CO. Day 10: Arrived back in Iowa City at about 7 pm to see Richard's family before his funeral the next day. It was clear that the entire community loved him as much as we did. A bittersweet end to a fantastic trip!

3: 4,100 miles 2,100 dollars 8 states 4 nights in hotels 5 nights camping 15-20 miles hiking $3.93 avg. gas price $4.99 highest gas $3.29 lowest gas | "Keep 'er flyin'"~ Richard Jensen

4: Kayak Launch Park, Green River, Wyoming | Kimball, Nebraska

5: Green River, Wyoming

6: Bonneville Salt Flats, west of Salt Lake City, Utah | Mono Lake, California | Bridgeport Court House, Bridgeport California | Wendover, Wyoming Old Air Force Base

7: Lower Lee Vining Campground, At lower elevation of Tioga Pass just east of Yosemite Park entrance

9: Tioga Pass (route 120) Tioga Lake Yosemite National Park | Lower Lee Vining Campground Babbling brook | Tioga Pass elevation 9,945

10: Tuolomne Meadows Yosemite

11: Tuolomne Meadows | Along bottom of pages: Tuolumne Meadows campsite; remains of log cabin at Soda Springs; Parson's Memorial Lodge, built in 1915 for Sierra Club meetings

12: Hike up Pothole Dome | From Pothole Dome looking east over Tuolumne Meadows

13: Pothole Dome looking west Look at all that granite!

14: Cathedral Lakes Hike Cathedral Peak | Lower Cathedral Lake 3.5 miles , 800' climb to lake, 7 miles round trip

15: Cathedral Lake Hike buggy bog in front of lake

16: Olmsted Point along Tioga Road on way to Yosemite Valley from Tuolumne Meadows

18: Mist Trail to Vernal Falls at the bridge | The easy beginning to the granite steps on Mist Trail with Vernal Falls in view

19: Vernal Falls June 18, 2012

20: Nevada Falls - almost there! 3.4 miles from valley floor, 2000' climb | Vernal Falls from above, on way to Nevada Falls | Nevada Falls | Pool above Nevada Falls

21: On John Muir Trail, descending from Nevada Falls

22: El Capitan | Crane Flat Camp site - 2 nights | Yosemite Falls

23: Half Dome | Yosemite Valley looking east from Hwy 41 near Wowona tunnel

24: Giant Sequoia trees at Kings Canyon National Park | Isreal Gamlin pioneer cabin, built from sugar pine in 1872

28: View west, Sequoia National Forest in California

29: i-70 In Utah on way home

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  • Title: Yosemite Trip 2012
  • June 13-22, 2012
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  • Published: almost 6 years ago