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Old 08-02-2016, 04:30 PM   #29
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Yosemite is a jewel of the NPs system with all kinds of fantastic scenery. We camped for two weeks in the park last fall and it was a wonderful experience except... There are very few campground spots in the park that will accommodate a trailer. If you are going during a busy part of the year, it could be impossible to get a camping spot in the park that will accommodate your trailer. If you go during a less busy time of year, finding a spot shouldn't be a problem but be prepared for campgrounds that are designed for tents, not RVs. Two of our hardest parking experiences occurred in Yosemite's campgrounds.
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Old 08-02-2016, 06:37 PM   #30
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Why did they changed the Ahwahnee to Majestic? It's been Ahwahnee for almost 100yrs.

A copyright dispute with the former concessionaires. They wanted a million or so for the right to use the name Ahwahnee and a few others. The Park Service said, screw that, and changed the names. Now they are in negotiations, and I wouldn't be surprised if the old names are restored at some point.


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Old 08-02-2016, 07:41 PM   #31
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Highway 395 up the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada is one of the great US road trips. You can access Yosemite through Tioga Pass out of Lee Vining, which I would recommend as a day trip this time of year. Yosemite Valley in the summer is a zoo, but worth a day trip.
There are many wonderful sights to see and do along 395.
Lone Pine Film History Museum & self-guided tour
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, White Mountains, Inyo National Forest
Bodie State Historic Park - one of the best preserved ghost towns in the country
Laws Railroad Museum near Bishop
plus countless rivers, streams, lakes, trails, galore to explore
Coming from Flagstaff, 395 would give best access to Yosemite.
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Old 08-02-2016, 07:48 PM   #32
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Was planning on being there this coming Monday AM as we usually get lucky being the ones that never have reservations, but now I am beginning to wonder if this could be the first time based on the comments here. Ugghh!
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Old 08-03-2016, 12:32 AM   #33
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Think lucky but be flexible. You will find a spot. Basecamp even if it's just outside the park and explore.


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Old 08-03-2016, 08:47 AM   #34
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Yosemite is one of the major NPS parks where the natural beauty is why one used to go there. Today it is one the great places to watch dumb tourists do stupid things. One of the best places to ask "Are you obtuse or just plain stupid".
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Old 08-03-2016, 09:47 AM   #35
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Thank you all.
Exactly what I was looking for. We have done all of the others the past few years, Zion, Bryce etc. This time I thought we should venture further west were we never been with the trailer. I have an aversion to spending time in California but I will set it aside and visit Yosemit it sounds interesting.
I have never said this before and have never seen such a comment.

you have an aversion to California? We don't need you. This is the most beautiful state in the Union and the people are friendly here. If you have an aversion to California, then don't come here. we don't need you. Coming with that attitude we don't want you. You don't deserve to be a guest in the most beautiful place in the world. Check your attitude in your closet and you're welcome.
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We don't need you. This is the most beautiful state in the Union and the people are friendly here. If you have an aversion to California, then don't come here. we don't need you. Coming with that attitude we don't want you. You don't deserve to be a guest in the most beautiful place in the world. Check your attitude in your closet and you're welcome.
I can't imagine why some people would have an aversion to going to California.

Yosemite is great don't miss the chance to visit the place. It is truly a natural wonder. Kinda touristy but on the plus side very few Californians there.
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you have an aversion to California? We don't need you. This is the most beautiful state in the Union and the people are friendly here. If you have an aversion to California, then don't come here. we don't need you. Coming with that attitude we don't want you. You don't deserve to be a guest in the most beautiful place in the world. Check your attitude in your closet and you're welcome.

To the contrary, I welcome people here who may have "an aversion to California." Thankfully, the country is a big place with room for all kinds of tastes and preferences. Hopefully you'll find something you like in California. I think one thing we have in common as Airstreamers is a desire to see new country and try new things.


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Old 08-03-2016, 07:12 PM   #38
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I love visiting California its a wonderful state. Perhaps the earlier comment was about the idiots who decide a selfie with a Bison, Elk or putting a baby Bison in the back of their car cause they thought it was cold, or trying to get close to an oh so cute bear and cubs. People need to learn wild animals are dangerous as it is. Unfortunately, was in Glacier NP and was about to take the dog on Half Moon trail the late afternoon on the same day the ranger was killed by a grizzly bear.
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I have never said this before and have never seen such a comment.

you have an aversion to California? We don't need you. This is the most beautiful state in the Union and the people are friendly here. If you have an aversion to California, then don't come here. we don't need you. Coming with that attitude we don't want you. You don't deserve to be a guest in the most beautiful place in the world. Check your attitude in your closet and you're welcome.
Well lets see, you have governor moonbeam and give out driver licenses to illegals and have Sanctuary cities. The last time I was in SanFrancisco there was a shoot out between some Vagrants leaving one dead at the entrance of our downtown 4 star hotel. Mexico City was to only only other place I had a similar experience.
I have been to California a number of times and yes it is a beautiful place. But my impression is that per capita you guys have more crazies living there than any other state in the union and I say that having lived in and around Chicago for 50 years.
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To the contrary, I welcome people here who may have "an aversion to California." Thankfully, the country is a big place with room for all kinds of tastes and preferences. Hopefully you'll find something you like in California. I think one thing we have in common as Airstreamers is a desire to see new country and try new things.


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I can go and visit Yosemit without getting into any major cities. So I we are looking forward to it.
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Yosemite: a common geological batholith

Convenience provided by roads and highways to Yosemite make it a popular igneous rock form... batholith. The majority of the people who fall over themselves to see these weathered rocks have no clue or idea of what it is they are looking at.

The Idaho Batholith covers 16,000 square miles, but give it another million or 25,000,000 years to weather out some more, it will surpass Yosemite in size and beauty. Geology respects no man made borders, only structure and tectonics.

Give the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming a look. Just blisters upon the surface of the Earth. The sedimentary rocks being weathered off today are the 'scabs' covering what we consider beauty. Give it time, we will all have easy access to the geological wonders of America. Lots of time.

Give it a Name and They will Come.

Only an incompetent Geologist, as myself, can see the world in a different light... of molten magma, sulfur and massive underground faulting to ruin perfectly good real estate. Yosemite is where geological processes provided the ingredients and inertia to decompose in the atmosphere. It could be in Idaho, next.

Tourists, that is. We create National Parks and Historic Sites to 'save' them from humanity. Yet, it is this designation and easy access that will ruin them.

California is still forming, inches or feet at a time. Just wait and something new will be available to name and designate as 'protected'.

I ask that the Rocky Mountains States all be designated a National Park. Provide easier access to all sites with Names and relieve the stress upon those limited resources today provided as National Parks.

Added: Want to create your own, artificial Batholith? Have the wife hit you in the forehead with an Iron Skillet while camping in Wyoming. Your head is the surface of the Earth, the bump is the Batholith forming beneath the scab of bleeding flesh... See... now stay home and settle down. Read the Wall Street Journal article in today's front page about Yosemite. Idaho is already looking better to me.
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Lot's of time? No, not so. Tis the problem for us all, but a bit of research fills in for a lot of years. The National Geographic lectures give a good background on the geological forces at play, but they miss on providing an informative series of views that display the park's beauty. Those are available from other sources, so NG is not a terrible resource. Best does seem to be a visit. Pat
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