Posts Tagged ‘Yosemite’

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Yosemite on the Spur of the Moment

May 20, 2012

I’ll say this for Southern California, I’m loving being able to put the phrase “spur of the moment” and “Yosemite” in the same sentence.  Back in February, due to the vagaries of the entertainment industry, I was “between projects”, also known as “unemployed,” for several weeks.  In the middle of this period, I found myself rather bored at 9 o’clock on a Thursday night, and thought to myself, “Well, why not drive up to Yosemite?”  And so I did.

After tossing my mobile-hotel room gear and pack in the car, I hit the road and wound up on Yosemite’s southern doorstep around 3:00am.  I have no real idea where I pulled off to sleep that night, but looking at the map now, it must have been near the town of Fish Camp.  Yeah, Fish Camp.  Wikipedia tells me that this particular Census Designated Place was named in connection to the local fish hatchery.  I for one am besotted with mental images of a bunch of trout working towards merit badges.

Anyway, I got into the park the next day.  With the late night, I had a late morning, so I just pointed my nose towards the closest hiking trail and got started.  I wound up parked in a large turnout in the general area of Wawona.

Wawona’s an interesting place, at least in concept.  The town, with about 160 year round residents, lies entirely inside of the park.  So there’s a place where you can live, with, you know, a mail box and stuff, inside Yosemite National Park.  I contemplated this lifestyle as I walked along the road to the trail head.  Could I still get my Netflix?

I had a route planned out for the day that would either take me on a very long loop or be a day long out-and-back.  Instead, I got distracted.  As I was hiking along Chilnualna Creek, I heard the siren call of a waterfall and ventured off-trail to investigate.

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Day 36 – From Southern Nevada to Lee Vining, California

November 5, 2008

I woke up today to sunrise in Nevada:

In addition to being my Nevada day, today was also election day, and I definitely wanted to watch that unfold. In addition, I was still exhausted (four nights sleeping in my car wasn’t helping), had a monster blister to finesse, was in rather dire need of a shower, shave, etc, had a load of photos to sift through, and had a slew of blog entries to polish and post. With this confluence of creature needs in mind, I decided to find a hotel, turn on CNN, get a shower, and take care off all the other things it’s difficult to address while living out of your car.
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Day 35 – From Yosemite to Southern Nevada

November 5, 2008

Well, the clouds rolled in once more today. The West entrance to Yosemite dumps you into Yosemite Valley, which houses many of Yosemite’s more iconic features, including El Capitan:

Holly crap!  Thats totally the cliff that Captain Kirk fell off of in Star Trek V!  Though, if I fell off El Capitan, I dont think Spock would be around with a pare of jet boots to bail me out.  Hmm... I could really go for a marsh mellon.

Holly crap! That's totally the cliff that Captain Kirk fell off of in Star Trek V!

Though, if I fell off El Capitan, I don’t think Spock would be around with a pare of jet boots to bail me out. Hmm… I could really go for a marshmelon.

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