"Bearly" Made It To Yosemite!

Trip Start Mar 28, 2013
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Trip End Jul 31, 2013


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Yosemite/Mariposa KOA

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Yosemite National Park was up next on our list to see! We had thought about trying to book a campsite right in Yosemite before we left but a video on youtube was all it took to change our mind! Yosemite is famous for the bears that have become accustomed to humans and roam the campgrounds fearlessly. The video showed bears rummaging through campsites and smashing through car windows to find food. Aimee, being her neurotic self, phoned directly to Yosemite before we left and drilled a Park Ranger with questions about the bears! With the tent ends on the trailer we decided to not tempt fate and not camp at Yosemite! I know, big whimps but we figured the bear boxes where you have to keep your food would be a bit of a pain too!  That's our story and we're sticking to it!
  

We stayed instead at the KOA campground outside the park with a pool, basketball net, caboose full of old arcade games, and no bears! We did have a great time at the campground and find that KOA's in general are a good family orientated place to stay.  We spent a lot of time there hanging out at the playground and shooting hoops.  Sadly enough Aimee and Caleb are almost evenly matched at "21" now with each of them winning half the time. Aimee's going to have to start logging some secret hours improving her shooting skills!
 
We drove through Arch Rock at the west entrance to Yosemite then pulled over and walked down to Merced River. The water was freezing cold but the boys and Bruce still tested out the water a bit going in up to their knees. We continued on to Bridalveil Falls and took the short half mile walk to see the falls. The boys climbed the huge rocks to get a better look and then joined Clare and Aimee who were sitting by the river. Clare had lots of fun wetting her hair while the boys waded in. We got back in the truck and took the scenic drive through Yosemite Valley where we saw "El Capitain" a famous rock formation.  We didn't see any of the brave souls that you hear about climbing it and continued on to Curry Village and some of the campgrounds.  We knew it wasn't very likely to see a bear strolling down the street in the middle of the day but we did see a coyote doing just that!
 
We parked the truck by the Ahwahnee Hotel and had a giggle at their sign warning their guests that bears are very active in the area and to not leave anything food related in their vehicle.  Clare's carseat alone would be like a beckon flashing in the night calling for the bears!  We got on our bikes and rode through the park to the the Valley Visitor Center where we watched a great movie about Yosemite and its greatest advocate John Muir.  We walked through an exhibit about the park then hoped back on our bikes and rode to Lower Yosemite Falls.  It was great to be able to ride our bikes through the park and we hopped off to take the mile walk to see the falls.  It was still early enough in the year to have a good amount of water going through and we hung out there for awhile while Caleb and Cohen played in the water at the bottom of the falls.  Walking back down we were able to see both the Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls which were beautiful!
 
We had a wonderful time at Yosemite and headed back through the Sierra National Forest to our comfy, cozy, bear free KOA for a swim and another rematch at 21!  What a life we are living right now!  
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Pa and Nanny on

Enjoying looking at your pictures of all of you and looking forward to seeing you when you come home.

Love you all/

Jo on

Really missed having you all here for Canada Day in Bath!

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