DOTW: Yosemite

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Registered: 03-22-2003
DOTW: Yosemite
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Mon, 03-15-2004 - 1:44pm
Yosemite National Park embraces a spectacular tract of mountain-and-valley scenery in the Sierra Nevada, which was set aside as a national park in 1890. The park harbors a grand collection of waterfalls, meadows, and forests that include groves of giant sequoias, the world's largest living things.

Highlights of the park include Yosemite Valley, and its high cliffs and waterfalls; Wawona's history center and historic hotel; the Mariposa Grove, which contains hundreds of ancient giant sequoias; Glacier Point's (summer-fall) spectacular view of Yosemite Valley and the high country; Tuolumne Meadows (summer-fall), a large subalpine meadow surrounded by mountain peaks; and Hetch Hetchy, a reservoir in a valley considered a twin of Yosemite Valley.


The park is open 365 days per year, 24 hours per day. Reservations are not needed (nor are they available) to enter the park.


The Tioga, Glacier Point, and Mariposa Grove roads are closed from October/November through May/June due to snow (the Mariposa Grove Road may be closed for a shorter period). All other parks roads generally remain open all year, though chains are frequently required.

Some hotels and campgrounds in Yosemite Valley and Wawona, and the Valley Visitor Center are open all year.



There are thirteen campgrounds in Yosemite National Park. Camping reservations for up to seven of these campgrounds are available five months in advance.

~~~ruth~~~

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Tue, 03-16-2004 - 3:30pm
Right on target with the DOTW Ruth! We are gearing up for our trip to Yosemite in May. We have a BIG group so it takes a little organizing. Our group has been sending emails back and forth all day today.

It will be a 4 night trip, staying in the Housekeeping Camp. I am in charge of cabin assignments, which means I have to get my family up and on the road at O'Dark Thirty so we can be up to the park by noon to check in and have cabins assigned before everybody else gets there. I have been getting requests all day from people about who they want to camp by and so on. Hopefully I will be able to accomodate everybody's requests. I keep telling everyone they better suck up to me now so they get a good assignment - LOL. The nice thing about being the one who assigns the cabins though - I get to have my pick and we will be camping next to the river this year.

We are taking my mom with us this time and she's never been to Yosemite. I can't wait to get her reaction. She's been all over the sierras, but never into Yosemite.

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Registered: 12-16-2003
Thu, 03-18-2004 - 7:28am
This is one place on my "must do" list! I have camped north of here, but haven't made it to this park yet.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 03-18-2004 - 11:33am

In May we're going to South Carolina for Grandson's 1st birthday, but if we weren't I would have loved to have gone to Yosemite while you were there.

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Thu, 03-18-2004 - 5:39pm
Remember last year we got all that rain in April? We were just praying for it to stop before our trip to Yosemite in May and it did. We had gorgeous weather. It was a bit chilly, but sunny and clear. I am always prepared for any weather when I go to the mountains though. You never know when a storm with brew. And even on a nice day, as soon as the sun dips behind the mountain, it can get chilly.

When I was a kid, we spent a lot of time in the Lakes Basin area off of Hwy 49 near Downieville and Sierra City. Have you spent any time up in that area?

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Thu, 03-18-2004 - 5:42pm
I think you should bump it up to the TOP of your list. The first time I went I was astonished at the beauty. Everybody always hypes Yosemite up so much and since I am a natural born skeptic, I was always like - yeah, whatever. I'm sure it's nice, but I've seen a lot of beautiful country. These flatlanders are probably just happy to see a waterfall. THEN I went to Yosemite and saw it for myself. Then I understood what people were raving about - the hype is well deserved. Now, if only it wasn't so darn crowded - LOL - which is why we go in May. It's still crowded, but there aren't the throngs of people like in summer.