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Yosemite National Park by jim on 20 November 2005 8:19pm
I shall be going to Yosemite next March.I understand that certain roads will be closed at that time.Will it be possible to drive so far then get tourist buses around the park? I shall be coming from san Francisco,staying possibly in the Oakhurst area. Any info will be appreaciated
Re: Yosemite National Park by sighthound on 21 November 2005 12:18am
Road closings depend on weather conditions. I got caught on a closed road there once in June. Really fickle snow storms there.
Re: Yosemite National Park by peripatetically on 21 November 2005 12:29am
Jim, I was there and went by way of Carmel and Monterey, but that's not far from San Francisco. I just thought it might be a good idea to tell you that you needn't plan much sightseeing between the west coast and east border as there's very little inbetween to see. It took us about 4 or 5 hours to drive over, with a stop at one mission along the way.

You're going to LOOOOVE Yosemite.
Re: Yosemite National Park by jim on 21 November 2005 5:42pm
Thanks Pattie. After Yosemite I plan to drive to Carmel then follow the coast road south.Then make our way to Las Vegas for a week or so.
Re: Yosemite National Park by peripatetically on 21 November 2005 7:41pm
Jim, when you go to Carmel and stop in at the Hog's Breath restaurant, you might see Clint Eastwood. Although he no longer owns it, he still drops in on a fairly regular basis. Also, he has a nice ranch in the immediate vicinity of the town so be sure to see that too. And the mission is a real delight. One of the nicest places around. Also a great place for breakfast is at very charming Tuck Box English Tea Room. A walk along the beach is another must just a few blocks away. If possible, the 17-mile drive is well worth the time. It's a drive that follows the water 's shoreline and is quite scenic with birds, seals, deer and other wildlife along the way.

Have fun!
Re: Yosemite National Park by sighthound on 21 November 2005 10:06pm
There are some things to see before you get to the Park entrance. I like to wander around the Gold Rush mining towns in the mountains. Some are almost ghost towns but others are home to artists, nice small restaurants and some interesting museums. (Coulterville had a good one, if I remmember correctly.)

Of course, the best ghost town is Bodie, just east of Yosemite off Hwy. 395. It's now a State Park left in "arrested decay" (as the State of California puts it.) Nothing has been tarted up for tourists and it looks very much as it was in its heyday, albeit dustier. Many of the inhabitants left their belongings behind when they left town. You can peer in windows and see dishes still on the tables, clothes and tools hung up on hooks, goods on store shelves, Victorian coffins in the mortuary and gambling paraphenalia in the saloons. It's as close to the Old West as you'll ever get.

The road to Bodie is rather dicey even in good weather but, if we have a very light snow year, it might be open in late March (Sometimes they even get snowed in up there in July.)

If you go to Bodie, you have to pass Mono Lake which is a must-see with all its amazing tufa formations. However, a court decision a few years back stopped Los Angeles from continuing to drain the lake so the water level is rising and some of the tufas are disappearing under the lake surface. (Mono Lake and the Owens Valley was where the water wars were that were featured in "Chinatown".)

Have a great time! I just might see you up there. It's been way too long since I've visited Yosemite and it's so close to me. Where are you staying? If you say "The Awanhee", I shall be terminally jealous.
Re: Yosemite National Park by sminobe on 21 November 2005 10:13pm
Hi jim! Look here for some seasonal info: http://www.nps.gov/yose/trip/when.htm and here for road info: http://www.nps.gov/yose/trip/travel.htm

Have a great time! If you wander down closer to LA, stop by & say "hi!" I'd even meet you in Beautiful Downtown Bakersfield... 8-\
Re: Yosemite National Park by futoshi on 4 July 2006 9:19am
beautiful park

climbing the half dome was a lot of fun too!
Re: Yosemite National Park by sighthound on 4 July 2006 7:40pm
You climbed Half Dome? Congratulations - a definite feat!

Did you do it by ropes from the front or up the trail at the back?
Re: Yosemite National Park by Ken Dunn on 4 July 2006 9:36pm
Teo torriate (Let us cling together) - Climber, harness, carabiners, pitons, rock.
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