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Old 07-30-2013, 11:08 AM   #15
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I almost forgot, when I came into the park on the Tioga Road, I stopped at Tenaya Lake for a picnic lunch. This is a nice spot, and it tends to get crowed around lunchtime.

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Old 07-30-2013, 11:39 AM   #16
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Tuesday (day 10) seemed like a good day to see Hetch Hetchy. Some folks claim itís just as beautiful as the main Valley, but other than the lovely deep blue reservoir I felt let down. It just didnít have that majestic feel without such distinctive formations as El Capitan and Half Dome.

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I stopped at Bridalveil Fall on the way back.

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Old 07-30-2013, 11:57 AM   #17
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Wednesday morning was a short hike (about 2.5 miles round trip) to the top of Sentinel Dome for a wonderful 360* view of the park. How do you like my subdued shirt?

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A deer accompanied the hikers partway up the dome... it was browsing on the plants and seemed mostly unconcerned about the photo-snapping critters circling it like a swarm of deer flies. Thank you, dear deer.

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Then on up the road 5 more minutes to Glacier Point to check in with my wife by phone. The Point was a great place to pick up a cell signal from the valley floor below; my campsite at Bridalveil had no reception.

This tree grows alongside the Glacier Point Road. I believe a ranger told me that the bright green stuff is called Wolf Lichen, and that it's non-parasitic but it does grow on a couple types of trees around that area. It really is this bright a shade of green; I haven't enhanced it.

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Thursday (day 12) was a lazy day around the campsite, other than a drive back into the valley for some groceries and (of course) an evening drive back to Glacier Point.

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This evening I lingered till dark, then shined my Fenix TK70 flashlight down at the campgrounds 4000 feet below; a half dozen campers in the valley responded with their own powerful lights (one idiot had an annoying and dangerous green laser pointed at us from down there, though). Overall it was pretty fun to be “communicating” by flashlight with people almost a mile away.... straight down!
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Old 07-30-2013, 12:09 PM   #18
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Friday also was spent relaxing at Bridalveil, but in the evening I went for a hike to Taft Point. The trailhead is the same as Sentinel Dome, and the hike is of similar distance.

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While at the point I met a group of nice young people who were in the park to attend a Bible conference. One of them, Rebecca, graciously took some photos of me. I think Rebecca looks better; what do you think?

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Old 07-30-2013, 12:47 PM   #19
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By day 14 I’d been in Yosemite for over a week, and I was feeling the itch to move on. So I made my way out of the park by the same route I’d entered... the Tioga Road.

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Of course, being a Saturday, finding a site in an established CG would be like pulling teeth. So I made my way east and past Mono Lake, to a place I’d spotted on the way in: Sagehen Meadow. This is an undeveloped camping area on NF land, about 2.5 miles off Hwy 120 on a dusty dirt road and then 1/4 mile back on a two-track. I stayed here for 2 nights. No one else was around. I knew there was a house Ĺ mile away, but otherwise I detected no signs of civilization until the afternoon following my arrival when I heard a pair of dirt bikes go by on the dusty road.

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Finally, Monday rolled around and it was time to head toward Las Vegas for a business conference the company had scheduled. This vacation was planned around the conference, so I can deduct some of the mileage as a business expense. I rolled into the Monte Carlo Hotel around 4 p.m., and the company had a hotel room for my next two nights. (Show girls not included.)

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After the meeting I decided to skip the north rim of Grand Canyon and simply hightail it for home. I was feeling ‘camped out’ and ready to be home again. Besides, it’s time to start gearing up for the new season of work; I have to place ads, hire workers, compile school calendars, and other stuff. Oh, and the lawn desperately needed to be mowed!
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What a nice trip....
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Old 07-30-2013, 02:19 PM   #21
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The Hetch Hetchy Valley was by all accounts very beautiful before it was flooded to make the reservoir. There has been talk about removing the dam and reservoir ( not in that order!) in order to eventually return that valley to its splendor. This idea even surfaced in the late 80's as it was proposed by the then Secretary of the Interior, whose name escapes me (James Watt???).
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Very nice pictures of your trip. I was just at Yosemite during the spring and stayed at the Upper pines campground, and also hiked up to Vernal and Nevada falls via the mist trail. We went on a cold overcast day and the stairs were super wet and slippery, but it was worth it. Sadly several people go over the falls each year including this year, seems nuts to swim at the top of a waterfall but people do it.
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Old 07-30-2013, 06:20 PM   #23
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WOW, Michael! Thank you so much for the trip! The places and your photos are stunning. You look Happy! Life is good!
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Old 07-30-2013, 09:44 PM   #24
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Looks like a great trip, thanks for sharing.
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Old 07-30-2013, 11:12 PM   #25
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Nice pictures Mike. Yosemite is one of my favorite places on earth. Your pictures certainly make me think about planning a trip there in the near future.
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Awesome and inspiring photos. Was a nice break from looking out the window at the rain and gloom but badly needed rain in central KS. I want to go!
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IMO the view from Glacier Point is the most spectacular sight I've ever seen, bar none. Other people will have other"most spectacular" sights.
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was that in the last picture posted?? I don't recall any glaciers there
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