Monday, March 24, 2008

Yosemite National Park - Day 1, CA (Mon.3/17)

After a long drive to the campground, it was quite dark for positioning the camper. It's “Silent Mode” for the kids when we are “on approach” to the campsite as I like it quiet to focus on what I'm doing (it's the guy mono-tasking thing I suppose). Since the office was closed, we didn't have a map of the campground, but no fear we had our campsite number from the e-mail confirmation. Proceeding to the end of the campground and after figuring out that we must be the last site, I also discovered there was no turnaround. So, we had to back out, turn around and then back all the way through the campground to our site. Mr. Bollacke wouldn't have a problem backing this far in the dark, but I didn't enjoy this at all. It's all good, learning more patience.

Day 1 in Yosemite: Our campground is only 14 miles from Yosemite. That's the good news. The bad news is Yosemite is the size of the state of Rhode Island with incredibly mountainous, twisting roads. We arrived in the valley (40 miles later) with everyone but the driver feeling kind of woozy from the twists.

What a place! It's God showing off again! Described as a temple more beautiful than any made my human hands.

The temperature was in the 40's, but very nice in the sun. This waterfall (and following stream) was on the shade side – and very icy.

We liked this sign, though Shae saw it as a challenge...

...and welcome to Yosemite

We didn't do any major hikes but enough to see the big stuff in the valley. So much showing off to see, so little time.

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