Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Yosemite National Park

Time to return to the mountains. Yosemite National Park is located high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It was the first National Park established in the United States. The main attraction of the Park is Yosemite Valley. We drove the 18 miles from our campsite to park Moho and bike through this impressive Valley. Surrounded by the spectacular granite mountains we found some escape from the multitude of tourists and took the opportunity to do some short hikes. Before heading back to our campsite we were informed that there were shower facilities for residents of the Park. Like most things in California there is a hefty price tag, and this shower was $5. each. No thanks, Moho has a great shower!!!!

We knew it was remote when for two days there was no cell or internet coverage. This place is perfect for relaxation but the temperatures dipped to near freezing at night. But it too must be shared with the the wildlife in the area. While out for a walk not far from our campsite we accidently frightened a momma bear and her cub. The momma sauntered in one direction while the cub climbed a tree. A resident camper informed us there were three bears that visit the camp sites regularly.

Yosemite was truly breathtaking but for us the drive over Tioga Pass was equally impressive. Within a few weeks this 40 mile road will be closed for the winter. We hiked Lembert Dome for a good view of the meadows. The Moho performed admirably climbing to its highest point on our trip as we went over Tioga Pass at 9945 ft.

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