Ron & Elena's 2007-2010 Travels travel blog

Escapees Park in Coarsegold, CA

 

The clubhouse, activity center, laundry etc. are all in this nice facility.

Before highway 41 was built folks went to Yosemite in a stagecoach...

The park roads are very hilly so walking is good exercise here.

From one spot along our walk we could see the casino/resort across...

We came very close to walking right under this hawk without seeing...

Take off!

We needed to fill one of the propane tanks this morning. When...

... I discovered a bird had built a nest under the cover!...

View of Yosemite Valley from "Tunnel View" area.

 

Beautiful but it would be even better on a sunny day. Bridalveil...

 

 

Bridalvail Falls from the valley floor.

Upper Yosemite Falls.

A squirrl watching us watching him along our walk to the visitor...

Another view of Upper Yosemite Falls.

Model of the valley area in the visitor center. Gives some perspective...

 

Site 307 in North Pines campground. Our home for the next few...


(Ron Writing) Saturday it was quite cold and windy so we spent most of the day doing some work indoors. On Sunday we worshiped with the friendly folks at the Coarsegold Community Bible Church. Pastor Gerard Dubish is an excellent preacher.

After church we moved from Chukchansi to Park of the Sierras, an Escapee Co-Op park that we had not previously visited. We attended the ice cream social and met several very friendly residents of the park and also ran into one couple we met at North Ranch just before we left this spring. We also took a long walk around the park to enjoy the nice weather.

Of all the Escapee parks we’ve visited, this is probably the most attractive. The park is very large and the sites are widely spaced and randomly scattered among the meandering roads. The park is also very hilly with large boulders and many beautiful old blue oak trees. So many RV parks have the sites all lined up like soldiers but this one is totally different and much more attractive. They also have a large barn that residents may use for wood working and mechanical work on their own vehicles. There is a very large clubhouse and activity center with many amenities.

This morning we left Park of the Sierras and stopped at Chukchansi Resort for the “lunch” buffet. They have weekday seniors special of $5.99. The buffet was excellent with a very large variety of food and the quality was better than we’ve found at any other buffet.

After our early dinner we headed northeast on CA-41 to Yosemite National Park. Yesterday we were able to make reservations for 4 nights in the North Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley. Generally nearly all the several hundred campsites in the valley are reserved months in advance. We were lucky that we snagged a site that became available when someone cancelled a reservation. Perhaps the weather made them change their mind. Some chance of rain is forecast for the next several days.

We had beautiful views of the valley from the tunnel lookout point as we drove into the park. After we got to the campground we dropped the trailer in our site and headed over to the visitor center for some information. By then the sky had cleared somewhat and the weather was very nice for the half-mile walk from the parking area to the visitor center.



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