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October Weekend Trip to Yosemite. 2002. Ryan. Carina. Matt. Julia. Renee. Mary Jo. Nick. Kelly. Friday, 10/25/02. Friday morning we leave on our trip to Yosemite for a fun-filled weekend.

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October Weekend Trip to Yosemite

2002

Ryan

Carina

Matt

Julia

Renee

Mary Jo

Nick

Kelly


Friday, 10/25/02

Friday morning we leave on our trip to Yosemite for a fun-filled weekend.

After taking an unexpected detour at Oakhurst we end up on Hwy 140 instead of Hwy 41, and go through El Portal (an extra drive of 2 hours), we finally make it to the Wawona area in Yosemite

Kelly at Cedar Lodge, El Portal, where we briefly stopped.


Friday, 10/25/02

We arrive at the Redwoods, a community near the Wawona Hotel in Yosemite. We check in, and go straight to our cabin, 2B.


Friday, 10/25/02

We have a great cabin, owned by the Covey family. There are 3 bedrooms, 2 full living rooms, two dining areas, 2 bathrooms, a big deck, and all of the amenities…. There are even plenty of blankets and pillows that Renee and I find … on our 3rd day there!

Front of the cabin

There’s a story about these here “mountain goats”


Friday, 10/25/02

Our Cabin – Back view


Once we get to the cabin, the kids can hardly wait to get out & explore a little.

Friday, 10/25/02

Catch me if you can!

Girls Rule!

Mr. Cool

The Lumberjack

Come and Get It!

Exploring the Rock


Friday, 10/25/02 out & explore a little.

Since we are so close to Halloween, the kids carve pumpkins to light and set out

Want some?


Friday, 10/25/02 out & explore a little.

Julia prepares delicious pork chops for everyone, and we enjoy dinner together on our first night.

As soon as it starts getting dark, we get a fire going, and enjoy the warmth from the fireplace.


Friday, 10/25/02 out & explore a little.

Matt and Ryan

9 Years Old

Happy Birthday to you

Happy Birthday to you

Happy Birthday Matt and Ryan

Happy Birthday to you


Friday, 10/25/02 out & explore a little.

After dinner and a birthday cake dessert, the kids finish up their pumpkins. It is already getting very cool, but they are determined.

Pumpkin carving is interrupted, however, by a curious doe and fawn who come to investigate.


After a long day on the road, and a nice evening of relaxation, it’s time for everyone to go to bed.

Friday, 10/25/02

The kids show off their works of art.


Saturday, 10/26/02 relaxation, it’s time for everyone to go to bed.

Saturday morning we head off to Glacier Point and the Valley. First stop is Washburn Point, where you have views of the High Sierra, waterfalls, and God’s country.

Renee, Ryan, & Matt

The group with the High Sierra in the background


Saturday, 10/26/02 relaxation, it’s time for everyone to go to bed.

Washburn Point

The Kids


Saturday, 10/26/02 relaxation, it’s time for everyone to go to bed.

Glacier Point

3,000 feet above the valley


Saturday, 10/26/02 relaxation, it’s time for everyone to go to bed.

I came … I saw … I conquered

The Ahwahnee Hotel

From Glacier Point

The Boys


Bridalveil Falls relaxation, it’s time for everyone to go to bed.

Saturday, 10/26/02

It’s only a 5 minute walk to the base of the falls, but then the kids wanted to climb the rocks & that was a challenge.


Saturday, 10/26/02 relaxation, it’s time for everyone to go to bed.

Bike Riding in the Valley

Renee takes off

The bike trails follow the roads (dark red lines). We rent the bikes at Curry Village, and go exploring.


Saturday, 10/26/02 relaxation, it’s time for everyone to go to bed.

Bike Riding in the Valley

The day is cool, and the air is fresh. We are surrounded by the gentle breeze as we ride along the grassy meadow.

Soon we venture into the forest


Saturday, 10/26/02 relaxation, it’s time for everyone to go to bed.

Bike Riding in the Valley


The dogwood brightens up Yosemite with its red, gold, and green leaves

Saturday, 10/26/02

Bike Riding in the Valley


Bike Riding in the Valley green leaves

Saturday, 10/26/02

North Dome

After seeing the Ahwahnee from Glacier Point, we all ride to the Hotel to enjoy the beautiful décor.


Saturday, 10/26/02 green leaves

Roasting marshmallows over an open fire

But, Mama – This is a MARSHMALLOW


Sunday, 10/27/02 green leaves

Wawona Dome

Early morning deer

Rising moon

Woodpecker

Autumn Leaves

Views from early walk in the morning


Sunday, 10/27/02 green leaves

Riding on the Yosemite Mt. Sugar Pine Train

This historic railroad is located in Fish Camp, just before you arrive at the south entrance to Yosemite

Playing Hand Games


Sunday, 10/27/02 green leaves

Riding on the Yosemite Mt. Sugar Pine Train

Hmmm… What goes through the mind of a teenager?


Mariposa Grove green leaves

Sunday, 10/27/02

Giant sequoias live in the Mariposa Grove.

The Grizzly Giant @ the left is over 1800 yrs old, and the large limb jutting out to the left has a diameter of over 6 feet.

The Wawona Tunnel Tree fell in the winter of 1969, and is now known as the Fallen Tunnel Tree


Mariposa Grove green leaves

Sunday, 10/27/02


Sunday, 10/27/02 green leaves

Mariposa Grove

The California Tree


Mariposa Grove green leaves

Sunday, 10/27/02

Grizzly Giant


Sunday, 10/27/02 green leaves

We have an unexpected guest when we come home

Wawona Dome at sunset

Alpenglow

Nick & Carina watch the deer up close


Sunday, 10/27/02 green leaves

Enjoying the evening together


Monday, 10/28/02 green leaves

Morning Hike to Chilnualna Falls


Monday, 10/28/02 green leaves

The moon and an incense cedar tree

Nick


Monday, 10/28/02 green leaves


Monday, 10/28/02 green leaves

The base of Chilnaulna Falls


Monday, 10/28/02 green leaves

Kids relax on the big rock near the base of Chilnualna Falls


Monday, 10/28/02 green leaves

Chilnaulana Falls

Checking out the base


Monday, 10/28/02 green leaves

Morning Hike

On the trail


Monday, 10/28/02 green leaves

Some deer come to say Goodbye


Monday, 10/28/02 green leaves


Monday, 10/28/02 green leaves

Up close

and personal

We realize that deer like pumpkin! Yummy


Monday, 10/28/02 green leaves

Seven deer come to greet us – we’ve seen a total of 30 this weekend.

Whoops, there they go!


Monday, 10/28/02 green leaves


Monday, 10/28/02 green leaves

Nick watches as the deer leave ~

a perfect way to end our trip


Highlights green leaves


The green leaves

End


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