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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Merced to Fresno Via Yosemite

Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.

-Ansel Adams

 Today we are in Kingman Arizonia after driving all day from Fresno California. Yesterday we left Merced in the morning, picked up some snow chains as they are required when going up into the mountains to Yosemite. The fine for not having snow chains in your car can be 500 to 1000 dollars! The roads were all clear going into Yosemite on 140 but as we got into the higher elevation it was plain to see that tones of snow had been dumped into the moutains before we got there! They told us that the base depth of snow on top was 84 inches deep! Since we could only go into Yosemite Valley and not into the higher parts of the park where the roads are closed all winter, we had a great time and sunny warm weather to see all the sights in the valley. We hiked up to Bridalveil Falls and to the lower falls and to see Half Dome and El Capitan. The scenery is beyound description and even a camera cannot capture the beauty of Yosemite. Looking through a camera and trying to capture any of it is like looking through a keyhole, you just cannot catch but a glimspe of it. On the way out of the park we went by way oof 40 toward Fresno and the roads were rougher and the snow was deeper but plowed onto the sides so that driving was not too bad. In some spots the snow banks on the side of the road were higher than the car! We even spotted a coyote on that back way out of the park and he just refused to be pushed off the road into the deep snow and just stared at us as we drove slowly by him!

Merced River beach

Half Dome

Sheila in an Indian cedar bark house

El Coyote- shape shifter

Toesocks at Upper and Lower falls

The famous Yosemite tunnel view

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