May 24, 2009 Sacramento JAZZ Festival:
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|May 18 & 19, 2009
morning was the kick off for our long awaited trip to
Yosemite. We hit the road a little before seven and got to
the park around ten.
Since we couldn’t check into the hotel
until four we decided to drive up the mountain to Glacier
Point. On the way we passed the most photographed spot in the
world, so we pulled into the parking lot and joined the crowd for a
couple of snapshots. We would revisit the vista the next day
for a better view.
journey continued through the tunnel and on to the lookout.
On the way I joked that I had ordered some fluffy clouds for my
pictures – and the clouds began to roll in.
We got the aerial
view of the valley and Linda pointed out all the hot spots.
She said her family came there every summer for as long as she could
remember and as our visit progressed she turned into a very
snapped pictures of half dome and the valley until it was time for
Then, after a ham and cheese sandwich we started down
the mountain. After a couple of miles Linda pulled over and
informed me that we were going to hike to sentinel dome.
sign said it was a one mile hike so off we went. Then we
heard a great roar roll through the valley as the sky
darkened. The white fluffy clouds had turned dark and were
now full of lightening. We decided to forego the dome and
turned around rather than getting stuck up there in a lightning
storm. Except for a short respite for a snowball fight and a
picture on the bridge we made it back to the car in short time.
Ahwahnee was our next stop. We were lucky to find parking
near the front door and we made it inside just as the clouds opened
At first it was just a gentle rain and I wandered around
taking pictures. Then it really came down and the rain turned
into hail. The hotel staff were amazed at the ferocity of the
storm and were all atwitter when the electricity went out (just for a
Then, just as quickly as it had begun it was
over. We checked in, checked out our room and ventured
outside to get our luggage. Once in our room we were
surprised when a “bell boy” showed up with a plate of fresh
fruit. The Ahwahnee offers luxury like we’re not
took a hike towards Mirror Lake and saw some very wet hikers.
Then, instead of going back to our room we hiked on to the pizza parlor
for supper. The dining room at the Ahwahnee requires that
guests dress up and it looked a little more formal than we wanted to
appear. Pizza was surprisingly good. Back at the
hotel we explored the various lobby and sitting rooms. I
hooked the computer up to the free wi-fi and Linda settled into a plush
chair with a book. Then it was off to bed.
morning we ventured to the dining room for breakfast. The
dining room didn’t open until seven so we were one of the first to be
seated. The room reminded us of Hogwarts (from Harry Potter)
with the high ceilings and hanging chandlers. We got a table
by the window and managed to get the waiter to snap a picture of
us. Breakfast was delicious.
breakfast we unfolded our bicycles from the back of the car and took
off down the same trail we had discovered the night before.
Between eight and nine o’clock we saw only three other couples; quite a
change from the afternoon crowds. We rode the couple of mile
trail to Mirror Lake and the view was worth the effort. Our
favorite picture is one we call “Smoke and
Mirrors”. After the lake we continued to ride past
Happy Isles and then to Yosemite falls. At the falls we
locked the bikes and hiked to the base of the falls. It was
continued to ride bikes around the park until check out time at
twelve. Then, after checking out, we rode to the museum and
took a tour of the Indian village. We also watched the movie
“Spirit of Yosemite” – which was nice but nothing that you wouldn’t see
loaded up the bikes and headed back to the most photographed spot in
the world. This time, instead of joining the crowd on the
platform we hiked up the hill behind the parking lot and discovered
some spectacular vistas. I think I took fifty pictures as the
clouds were back and the view was constantly changing as they blew on
by. After our picture taking frenzy we drove to El Capitan
for some final pictures before heading home.
will continue to add pictures to the album as I process them in the
computer. For a slide show of all the pictures click HERE.
The bottom one is computer "enhanced"
The valley has many moods and as I took pictures things kept
changing. Clouds would roll in, the light would change, the
shadows would change; and I would keep taking pictures. We
little help choosing which of the pictures of Yosemite Valley
is the best one to print (blown up LARGE) to hang in our living room.
Please choose from the following pictures and email us with
your suggestions. Each picture has a unique number.
May 9-10, 2009
The Mothers Day gethering this year was in
Arbuckle. A few of us arrived early on Saturday for lasagna
supper. It was great to visit with Willow and Tim (and
Wyatt). Sunday Josh, Brandee and the kids - Eli and Deloris
joined us for brunch on the patio. Also arriving sunday were
David Tracy. Peter Livingston brought his mom Ruth and they
were joined by Bruce and Doris.
appearances were put in by Lee rose and Babe Uhuland.
Afterwards we gathered in the living room and were entertained by
Doris, David and Janine. Click HERE for a slide show of the
pictures I took - some of which are featured below. Click (as
usual) on any picture below to see a larger version.
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