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Yosemite National Park – Photo Blog

There is so much to see in Yosemite, we didn’t spend nearly enough time there, even with Mirror Lake and most of the falls being dried up (normal, by this time of year, though with the drought they had apparently dried up earlier than usual). I’ve selected just a few photos, because the web is already rife with better ones. The enormous granite cliffs, the wildlife, the amazing trees… I couldn’t capture the half of it.

Ceremonial Roundhouse, Ahwahnee village, Yosemite National Park | www.kayoz.com
Ceremonial Roundhouse, Ahwahnee village, Yosemite National Park

 

Cathedral with Spires, from Yosemite Vally | www.kayoz.com
Cathedral with Spires, from Yosemite Valley

 

Haze Half Dome in the Distance, Yosemite | www.kayoz.com
Hazy Half Dome in the Distance

 

Swinging Bridge, Yosemite Valley | www.kayoz.com
Swinging Bridge, Yosemite Valley

 

Tall Trees, Yosemite Valley | www.kayoz.com
Tall Trees, Yosemite Valley

 

Entering Tuolumne Grove, Yosemite | www.kayoz.com
One mile down from the road, probably another mile walking (up and down) around the grove, and then a final mile up, up, up, back to the car. This trail took us a LOT longer than we expected from the “one mile” information on the trail guide!

 

Giant Sequoia, Tuolumne Grove, Yosemite National Park | www.kayoz.com
Giant Sequoia, Tuolumne Grove, Yosemite

 

Giant Sequoia, long dead, Tuolumne Grove, Yosemite National Park | www.kayoz.com
Giant Sequoia, long dead, Tuolumne Grove, Yosemite

 

Giant Sequoia, fallen, Tuolumne Grove, Yosemite | www.kayoz.com
Giant Sequoia, fallen, Tuolumne Grove, Yosemite

 

 

 

 

Camping in America

Camping with Kids, Day 9: Stanislaus National Forest – Lost Claim Campground

This is more my memory of camping in America, even though I only came up this way once. Then again, I may have camped in this very campground. I certainly spent a couple of nights up here at a very similar one.

Tall, tall trees (even if a lot of them have burned down recently), pines and ceders, and seemingly no-one around for miles.

Stanislaus National Forest,Lost Claim Campground | www.kayoz.om
Evening in Stanislaus

Tomorrow we will head down into Yosemite National Park, but tonight we are up here alone among the tall pines, listening to the crickets or cicadas (I never know which is which), and hoping no bears stumble in. We’ve carefully stored all our food, dirty cloths & smelly toiletries in either the food locker or the car, so we should be okay. 🙂

The kids have started to ask me to tell ghost stories at night (my fault, I told them one last night). Have to try to keep it fairly benign!

[5 hours later]
Okay, so this is the worst of camping.* We couldn’t get a perfectly even site for our tent here, but we got a spot that mostly slopes only in one direction. Most of the tent has a mild slope towards our feet, but one end has a slope sideways as well. And of course, that just happens to be where *I* sleep. I’ve spent the night so far fighting gravity, which wants to pull me off my sleeping mat and into the wall. Not a good night!

*You know, aside from when you think your daughter’s dying, or other nasty moments like that!