Have any of you actually ever camped in the valley on a holiday weekend? It's practically a warzone. Unleashed dogs, rap music blaring, drunk people fighting and screaming, generators running all night, fireworks.... Every weekend warrior "camper" from National City to Portland is crammed in that place like sardines. I actually laughed at this. 28 bids? They're like hogs to the slaughter. IS selling the reservations misuse? Yeah, but it's enterprising to say the least.
They can have it. The best camping is free anyways.
I am so with you on this.
I grew up there almost.
My mother (Rosy the Riveter) would save a little bit of every pay check for a summer camping trip to Yosemite, Sequoia, and/or Kings Canyon. We would camp quietly and peacefully on the valley floor among the jays and hummingbirds. I would fish the Merced all day and watch the fire-fall at night. It was very peaceful back then.
About ten years ago I took my mother to Yosemite. You know... as pay back. We had a cabin this time. There were jillions of people around. One day we took a trip to the base of Yosemite falls. When we got to the parking area to walk up to its base of the falls and get our loud wet dose of mother nature, we were confronted with six busloads of foreign tourists. The path was elbow to elbow chattering languages I cannot imagine. Well... you see... back in our day we would go to the foot of the fall
where we (she, my sister, and I) used to sit alone.. get wet, watch water fall
rainbows, and listen to Blue Jay chatter… very loud and raucous and above the din of the fall
even. This time however we turned immediately around and went back.
My mother was quite and reserved for the next two days. On the way out of the park towards Fresno I asked her how she liked the trip? She said, "It was nice... but I'll never return" Her eyes were wet.
She has not since returned nor have I.