Trip Start Apr 08, 2009
35Trip End Jun 19, 2009
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We stayed outside the park as all the park sites had been booked out for months. Indeed, the private campground at Indian Flat had lost our reservation and we were grateful when they shoe-horned us in the last spot available. Only half an hour’s drive to the park entrance is pretty good for Yosemite.
We had a quiet day to begin with, checking out the visitor centre, watching the introductory film and signing up a junior ranger. There was also an Indian Village. Unfortunately the Indians had been kicked out of the park years ago before they could build a casino, but we did find a very helpful Indian “cultural interpreter” in the museum, who explained how obsidian arrowheads are made.
We also checked out the Happy Isles, where there is another interpretive centre and a couple of islands midstream you can walk to. The sun was shining, a perfect spot to be…happy.
Our time in the park was just about perfect until the next morning when on a winding section of forested road, there was a loud bang as the passenger side mirror clipped a branch and shattered the passenger window. Hannah was in the passenger seat at the time and received a shower of safety glass. We cleaned up the glass and headed to a park exit, stopping briefly to see a black bear who was grazing in a roadside meadow. We drove to the town of Merced, and after 5 fruitless inquiries, finally found a glass repair shop who agreed to replace the window the following morning. Unfortunately, no-one in town has the special RV mirror we need, so it looks like no fun doing lane changes from now on.
Where I stayed
Indian Flat RV Park