Coushaine USA Tour 2013-15 travel blog

Yosemite National Park

El Capitan with camper in foreground

Bridalveil Falls

Bridalveil Falls

Bridalveil Falls

Black Tail Mule Deer

Jeannie on Misty Trail towards Vernal Falls

Jeannie on Misty Trail towards Vernal Falls

Vernal Falls with slippery walkway on right side

Jeannie on trail to Vernal Falls

A Rainbow to bring us luck!

Charlie starting to get really wet!

Bonfire at Yosemite National Park - horray!!

Camper in site at Yosemite Upper Pines Campground

Jeannie with large brown metal 'Bear Box' for food storage behind her!

Jeannie on way to Mirror Lake trail

Half Dome with Clouds...

Half Dome - picture perfect setting!

Nice reflection!

Jeannie amongst Mountains

Snow on mountain top trees

Picture Perfect Panoramic

Upper & Lower Yosemite Falls - spectacular!

Lower Yosemite Falls

Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias - Yosemite

Jeannie looking tiny...lol

Tunnel thru Sequoia


Hello Everyone,

Today we drove from San Francisco due west along Rt 120 into Yosemite National Park! However, the last 40 miles or so were unbelievably hilly and I wasn’t prepared either mentally or mechanically to handle the severity of the hills. When we stopped to let traffic pass, I notice severe smoke coming out of both front brakes! So, we waited for over an hour for them to cool, and got the truck manual out that had tips for driving on hilly terrain with an RV. What I needed to do was take it out of Overdrive and keep it downshifted into 2nd or 3rd depending on the slope of the hills. When this was done, the drive became much less stressful!

Yosemite was Fantastic, and a ‘Waterfall Wonderland’ as I have come to call it! Each waterfall was more dramatic than the last, and we tried to see most of them in our 3 days of sightseeing! Not only did the size, shape, flow and height change with each waterfall, but the hike also greatly changed to view its wonder! We must have hiked over 20 miles to see these majestic beauties and all the surrounding mountains!

To view the splendor of Yosemite, click on the following link:

http://youtu.be/JsKfHCiS6B8

As we headed south on Rt 41 out of Yosemite, we took a few hours to view the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias! These unbelievably HUGE trees are several thousand years old, and are thankfully protected. We took the Tram Tour around the multiple groves of trees and were awestruck at their size and beauty, and we even got to walk into a tunnel carved thru one of the great Sequoias!

To view the magnificence of the Giant Sequoias, click on the following link:

http://youtu.be/rwRKd-rkoEc



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