Monday, September 11, 2006

Yosemite - We Got One.

One of the things that made moving to the San Francisco Bay Area so attractive is that Yosemite National Park is roughly 200 miles away. We've been looking at it on a map, plotting routes and reading websites since long before loading up the moving truck. Now that we are here, we have been keeping pretty busy exploring the areas closest to home but wanted to get a camping trip to Yosemite in while we still have good weather.

However, since nearly all of the reservable campsites are booked a year in advance, we didn't have one of those available to us. There are many first-come, first-served sites throughout the park but much of what we read said those were gone by noon most Fridays. We all had school and work on Friday but were able to leave town by 1:30 pm. That got us out ahead of most of the traffic but it still took us nearly four hours to get to Yosemite and almost another hour to get to the campground on Tioga Road where we were hoping to camp. Happily, there were still spots available in this beautiful, boulder strewn area when we arrived.

After setting up camp, we explored a nearby creek and climbed around on some enormous boulders in the woods surrounding us.

Cam and Sam portraying the white wolf for which our campground was named.

We did have a beautiful full moon.

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