Day Eleven

Yosemite National Park, CA to Yosemite National Park, CA
June 5th, 2009

High Point of the Day....
Low Point of the Day......
Buying new gear.
Rained out of hiking.
Miles Traveled Today
Total Miles Traveled
The Bus Playlist
Raining with snow in the morning
Price of Gas 
(average per gallon)
Night's Lodging
Where this Page was Uploaded
Upper Pines Campground
Mammoth Lakes, CA

Daily Didactic
The morning began at 6:30 in the removed Hodgdon Meadows Campground, on the recommendation of Ranger Paul. If you know us, you know that time of day is reserved for teacher contract days, not vacation. However, while Theresa had managed to find us two nights in Yosemite campgrounds (tonight in Upper Pines in the valley), we were two nights short. Ranger Paul had recommended being in line at Campground Reservations when they opened at 7:30, to see if we could get spots for Saturday and Sunday nights. We headed up to Yosemite Valley and chose not to get in line immediately, as the office did not open until 8:00. At 7:50, Brian went to stand in line in the rain and Theresa smartly called the reservations number again. At 8:00 Theresa called Brian in out of the rain having arranged two more nights of camping in the valley.

Interestingly, it was snowing on our drive up from Hodgdon Meadows and this turned into a steady rain until late afternoon. The outcome for the day was no hiking, a run (for Theresa), a nap, visiting all of the museums and informational centers in the seven building Yosemite Village, and buying tickets for a movie at the visitor center in the evening. At around 4:00 we picked up some refinancing title paperwork we had FedEx'd to the park lodge. For dinner we visited Curry Village, and shared the world's smallest small pizza while Brian enjoyed one of the world's most expensive pint of beer. At 7:00 we headed to the visitor center for an entertaining movie on rock climbing and Yosemite.

The rain having stopped for the evening, we built a campfire and enjoyed listening to our louder campground neighbors for a few hours before calling it a non-productive but pleasant day.

Daily Pictures (Slide Show)

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Morning in the nice but distant Hodgdon Meadows Campground Yep, that is snow
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...and it's accumulating Brian took the time to reaquaint himself with volcanic science
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Brian and the curiously small John Muir Half dome on the way to our new campsite in Upper Pines
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Cool diagonally cascading waterfall Some history near the Ahwahnee Hotel
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Meadow and granite Half Dome in the distance
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Yosemite Haircare Theresa and a very large tree
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Yosemite Falls behind the Visitor Center Excellent, a movie!
Turned out to be sold out and entertaining

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