Day at Yosemite National Park

Trip Start Jul 16, 2010
Trip End Aug 15, 2010

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Monday, August 2, 2010

(Tom): A cold morning to start the day off at Yosemite. I woke up and started to walk down the "hall" and I looked at the thermometer that read 55 degrees!  Not the best way to start a day.  After getting a sweatshirt, pants, and two pairs of socks on for the 4th straight morning, Mom and Dad's alarm for 7 o’clock went off.  Once they started to get up and moving, Darren started moving.  It was the same way pretty much every day; I wake up, Mom and Dad wake up, and Darren wakes up.  Once Darren, Dad, and I have had breakfast, Mom and Dad went out.  Mom went to get tickets for a tour and Dad went to get a few groceries.  It took Dad 35-40 minutes before he got back.  Once he got back after leaving me and Darren alone, he was mad because the place was a wreck.          JUST KIDDING!!!!  The RV wasn’t trashed at all.  Mom got back 10-15 minutes later with tickets to a tour from 11 am-1 pm.  The tour was going to take us into the valley of Yosemite. 

Mom had breakfast, Dad got our bikes down, and we were off towards Yosemite Lodge.  The crosswalks had a line in the middle just like a road does.  At the Lodge, waiting for the tram, we saw a big fat squirrel come up close to a woman.  The woman fed the squirrel a couple berries!  Can you believe it!  It’s a $5000 fine to feed the animals in the park!  The tram arrived and the tour started.  The tram was a tractor-trailer front with a bed carrying around 15-20 benches.  The tour guide sits in this special seat in front of the benches.  On the tour, we saw a hiker on El Capitan.  When we went by Bridalveil Falls, the guide told us that if you’re a Miss in the mist of Bridalveil and the Miss gets kissed by a Mister at the base, you’ll become a Mrs. in a year.  Our first stop was at Merced River; the river of mercy.  Behind the river was a beautiful landscape change from trees to a meadow to trees to mountains which contained Bridalveil Falls.  The river was icy cold and we think that the water comes from the snow on the mountains.  Our next stop was the most beautiful view, and most likely the most photographed view of the valley.  Right as you come into Yosemite Valley, you go through a big tunnel.  Right when you come out of the tunnel, there’s a view that consists of El Capitan to the left, Three Brothers across the valley from that.  Behind Three Brothers is The Cathedral.  Behind that is the Half Dome, which is in front of the highest point in the entire park, Glacier Point.  In the valley below, you can only see trees.  The guide pointed out that under those trees there are hotels, snack bars, campgrounds, roads, ice cream parlors, etc.  All you can see from that point are trees.  The view is absolutely gorgeous.  Once we left that point, the guide told us that if she came back to earth as something different, she’d like to be a Yosemite black bear.  She had three reasons why.  The first reason is that a bear’s job is to get two times fatter than what it is.  A bear’s job is to eat.  When it wakes up in the morning, it goes right to eating.  He eats and eats and eats until he gets full, then he takes a nap.  After his nap, “feeling all refreshed”, he goes right back to eating.  The second reason is that when it’s spring, and there isn’t a lot of food, they mate.  “Bears mate and hopefully never see each other again in their lives!”  The reason is that the girl doesn’t always deliver.  If she’s fat enough, she’ll get pregnant.  If she isn’t fat enough, she won’t!  The third reason is that they sleep for exercise.  That was pretty much the main parts of the tour!  I can’t write about it all! 

After the tour and lunch, we biked over and hiked to Lower Yosemite Falls.  We got to Yosemite just in time because that waterfall is a seasonal one and it’ll be dry in less than a week for sure!  Yosemite Falls is the tallest waterfall in North America but it’s a seasonal waterfall.  It only flows nine months a year.  After visiting that striking three-part fall, we biked towards Camp Curry.  We got ice cream and watched a comedy skit about Yosemite National Park, which was actually funny and informational.  We all said that it had been a really fun day!  For me, Yosemite is my favorite so far!  I still hope everything is going good back in Orrington or Maine or wherever you’re reading this.  BYE!
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Drew on

OK Tom, I didn't understand all that stuff about el captain and the tour of bear mate. But I saw a fat squirrel once on Spongebob when Sandy the squirrel was hibernating . Hope you are having fun.

mandy on

fantastic blog tom!!!! love reading about how much fun you guys are having!!!

T. Gower on

Outstanding writing capabilities Tom. Keep the pictures and highly descriptive narrative coming. Everyone here is more than a bit jealous. Keep having fun.

Hi to Mom, Dad and Darren

#3 on

As Grammie would say, "Nice bog that you wrote".. I wonder if I could get fat like a bear.

sara on

I'm a little looks like you're driving on the wrong side of the road.. Just saying..

Holly Kopp on

Wow! What a great description of your time in Yosemite Valley. Great narrative Tom! The pics are incredible! I'd love to go there someday! xo H

Alan on

You guys sure get a lot of ice cream.

Pauline Dickey on

I like Bridalveil falls the best. If you have ever seen Star Trek, one of the movies has Spock wearing a jet pack hovering next to Captain Kirk who is climbing El Capitan. It is fun to watch movies and say "Hey, I've been there!"

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