Fall in Yosemite National Park (part 1)

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Snow in Yosemite: top – summer 2009; bottom – fall 2013

Another significant 2013 event missing from this blog is our trip to Yosemite in the fall.  We had gone briefly when we first drove Ryan’s car across the country from Georgia in the summer of 2009, but it was a quick drive through, and we wanted to explore more thoroughly.  

And explore we did!  And hike!  So of course I took way too many pictures.  I’ve finally pared what I took (DSLR and iPhone) down to just these, which took a considerable amount of time.  They’re not edited up much, so forgive some crappy framing/weird color or light stuff.  I’m not going to comment except where necessary, and mostly am just sharing these pictures.

They’re also stupidly out of order, thanks to the two cameras and the date on my Nikon being wrong.  Oh well.   

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Dinner in Fresno on the way up. Sometimes we are extra trashy.

We stopped at this fabulous Mexican supermarket to buy our groceries for the trip.  It was in Fresno and I wanted to buy all the things.  Unfortunately, we didn’t have a lot of room, so I didn’t get to go nuts.  We purposely got a room with a mini kitchen so we could save some money by cooking on our trip.  Plus we make awesome food.  As it turns out, this was a better idea than we possibly could have imagined, as there was literally one restaurant anywhere near us, and it was basically part of the hotel/lodge and from the reviews I read, all the food was mediocre and way overpriced.  Since we had a stove, microwave, and little fridge, plus basic kitchen stuff (dishes, pots and pans, etc), we did a bang up job on food.  More on that later.  ImageImageImage

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We spent the night and Fresno and did the rest of the drive the next day.  It’s a long drive.

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Next morning on our way up to Yosemite. Yes that grill is a pickup bed.

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Pies, maybe Mrs. Lovett style?

And we finally made it to the huge grove of Sequoias.

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It’s impossible to show how enormous these trees are.  They’re so incredibly majestic.  You really feel tiny walking through those groves.Image

After a lot of hiking, we stopped for a picnic lunch under a tree.  It seemed appropriate.  

And now some driving through lovely woods:

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Just a peek.  More of that coming soon!

Then off to our motel/room/lodge/shelter.  It was only about a mile outside the park.

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And the Merced River was right outside our patio door.  Ryan unsuccessfully fished it more than once.  It was pretty, though.

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Ryan making dinner next to our lovely fireplace

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Mexican feast!

So many pictures.  I’m going to throw the rest in a separate post.  

 

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