Yosemite Valley - 8 June 2003



One of
the most
on Earth

November 2006
Four Mile Trail

July 2004
Clouds Rest
The Waterfalls
Glacier Point

September 2003
Lizzie's Birthday

June 2003
Yosemite Bug
Half Dome
Swimming and Glacier Point

March 2002
With the Boys

Yosemite National Park, California is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. And thanks to Dennis, we're able to appreciate the mountain trails above the valley. Dennis has led us on several expeditions in the valley - Half Dome twice and Clouds Rest. Thank you Dennis.

The first time we went to Yosemite was when the boys came to visit in March 2002. We bought the digital camera on the Friday and then headed off for the mountains - staying in Mariposa overnight. A really great weekend.

On other occasions we've stayed both in Yosemite Valley and in the Merced Gorge approach to the valley.

Our favorite place to stay is the Yosemite Bug - about 10 miles north of Mariposa and 25 miles south of Yosemite Park on Highway 140. It's a 'Rustic Mountain Resort'. It has cabins, home cooking, good value beer and wine and a log fireplace. It's a real get away from it kind of place: http://www.yosemitebug.com/.

The third day of this amazing adventure began with a trip to the river to swim. I'm never one for cold water and I can't remember the last time I swam in a river. Probably when I was a teenager in the Scouts! Anyway, while walking about in the water, I slipped on the rocks and I was in! I pretended it was deliberate. Not as cold as I thought - it was fun.

In the afternoon, Ali and I drove up to Glacier Point. We'd been told the view was amazing and it didn't disappoint. When we'd been in Yosemite with the boys in 2002, the road to Glacier Point was closed due to snow. We were amazed and delighted by the view. And of course looking forward to our next trip to Yosemite.

Ali packing

Robin swimming



Penny and Angus

Ali and Andrew

Felicity and Alice

The Gang


About to leave


Half Dome and falls

Looking east from Glacier Point

Yosemite Valley and HalfDome

Yosemite Falls

Mirror Lake

Ali and Robin at Glacier Point

HalfDome from car

El Capitain and Bridal Viel Falls

El Capitain and HalfDome

Looking along Yosemite Valley



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