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Old 09-01-2011, 12:27 AM   #1
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OB Bambi in Yosemite 2011

A couple of weeks ago OB Bambi went back to Yosemite Valley. This time at Upper Pines #166. I tried for 214, 216, 218...etc. I got shut out. I believe that the "bots" are rigged to get the best campsites first then sell them on Craig's list. Why else would most of those sites be vacant half the time I was there and when occupied they were only occupied for one night at a time. I think my congress-person could do something for the people for a change and call the Department of Interior and show some guts, but no.

The weather was beautiful and we met Carlos and Terresa from the West San Fernando Valley with their '59 Airstream. He has put a lot of work in on it and it seems to be coming around. My hat is off. I also met Marc and Beth with a 60's model from the Sacramento area.

My son and I hiked up Half Dome which means that one more thing is checked off my checklist of life. I must say it was a tough hike (for a 62 year old) but I truely had a sense of euphoria once after I made it to the top.

Bambi of all people (Airstreams) had a problem. When I was parking her and putting one wheel up on blocks I noticed that one of the Good Year Marathons had a tread separation starting. I wanted to get another season off of those tires...but no! I ended up ordering two new tires that were brought up to Yosemite Valley mid week and I had them installed there. I know I was on borrowed time as the old ones had a DOT date of 2104. Oh well...

Photo 1: Carlos and his trailer
Photo 2: Me after I made it to the top of Half Dome

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Old 09-01-2011, 12:59 AM   #2
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I agree on the problem with Reserve America.
On my side of the USA (Florida) campsites are taken so early normal campers don't have a chance.
Premium sites sit empty here during premium holidays too.
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Old 09-01-2011, 01:22 AM   #3
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Hi, I like Yosemite, but you won't catch me climbing Half Dome. On my most recent trip, I had to replace two original 04 Marathons on my trailer. They were just starting to change shape when I caught them.
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Old 09-01-2011, 10:21 AM   #4
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We love it up there as well. For several years now we have been fortunate enough to get reservations in Upper Pines in spot 234...the trick is you have to like camping in the rain and snow (we go in April)
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Old 09-01-2011, 10:51 AM   #5
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Half Dome

Can I insert a few more Half Dome pictures?

Half Dome cables. Half Dome coming off Clouds Rest. Me on top, on the edge of Half Dome.
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Old 09-01-2011, 12:58 PM   #6
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Hey, OB Man! Congratulations on your completion of the Half Dome trek. You did as a day hike? Bonus!

I'm heading to Mt. Whitney next week, hopefully to complete that checklist item. I hope to scale Half Dome in the future, but as part of a trek from Tuolumne.

I hope to bump into you at Poma's or Nati's some day.

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Old 09-01-2011, 03:01 PM   #7
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Hopefully some day we'll get there! What is the reason people want sites in the 200's?
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Old 09-01-2011, 03:09 PM   #8
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Yosemite now requires campers to show photo ID when registering with the camp host, so hopefully this will thwart those pond scum trying to sell sites on craigslist.
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Poma's or Nati's

Yes, I have been known to hang there. The other one is South Beach Bar and Grill. They according to Conde Nast have the world's best fish taco. (The Baja taco). I agree. They are really good. As a local I recommend them. (At the foot of Newport Ave).

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Answer to Karenjude

The campsites in the 200's...caution not all 200's are created equal. The 200's with even numbers starting at about 214-234 (about) are on the most easterly side of the last loop of campsites at Upper Pines. So there are no campsites behind you...just forest and a small creek that the water runs by and makes just a little noise while going by. Sort of a nice tranquil sound. You notice that Johnco and I make a point about these spots. We both have 19' Bambi's. The problem with most of these sites are that if you have too big of trailer it just won't fit. You can go on recreation.gov and they have a small detail of every campsite in the park. I see you have a 27' so most of the last/easterly loop sites wouldn't work for you. There are many good sites that your trailer would fit in. Honestly, just being in Yosemite Valley in the summer is very nice. This year there was quite a bonus...the snow pack in the back country was way above normal and thus the Merced River (that runs through Yosemite Valley) and the various waterfalls were full. A great way to get around in the Valley is by bike. If you are up to it, there are very good bike paths and it is just about flat. Otherwise there is a free bus shuttle service that runs all over the valley and is especially fun to take in the evening to the village at night. Finally, I don't think you will find another place in America (including Disneyland) that has more diverse nationallity of people there visiting. I hope this gives you some background.

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Thanks Randy! We're on our way to Yellowstone and Grand Tetons next week ( can't wait!) . Yosemite is on our list for next year. Your pictures were beautiful - congrats on the Dome!
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Site 234 - Yosemite

re: site 234 in Upper Pines
We booked during son's spring break [end of March!] - super jazzed! but i have a quick question for the people who recommended it: I noticed that it states 27 feet on Reserve America, but on recreation.gov it states that maximum trailer length is 18 feet and you may be turned away if your vehicle doesn't match this length - we have a 20' Bambi

is this going to be a problem? we can't drive all the way out there and be told that we are 2 feet long. I've never had problems at even smaller tent sites..

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Congratulations! Don't worry, you won't have a problem with a 20' in that spot. As you can see in our photo you will have to angle your tow vehicle to keep it off the road, but you'll fit there no problem. I've been told that the size restrictions have more to do with the area needed to manuver a rig into it's spot. 234 is right at the apex of a curve, so that factor does not enter into the equation. You'll be backing your trailer right up to the concrete stopper, so have your spotter keep an eye on the dump valves, they get real close! Enjoy!
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ID:	172799As usual Johnco is right. Don't worry about it. I have included a couple of photos of site 214 filled with Bambi, Max the tow vehicle and a VW Passat. Yes, kinda of tight...but you will fit. (On another trip there I experienced someone with a 29 foot SOB next to me in a "small" site. The rangers just made them park their tow vehicle in the public parking in Curry village.
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