Nov 01, 2012
Mar 06, 2013
For many years we have wanted to go to Yosemite National Park but we had always been thwarted by Highway 120's closure (due to snow for those who think California is the sunshine state) from November through late May or early June. This year, as we had time on our side, we decided to accept the 3 hour detour and headed south from Lake Tahoe, on the east side of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. As we drove through Gold Country we made many stops at old gold mining towns such as Sonora and Jamestown, which still had many of its existing buildings dating back to the 1800’s. After a beautiful drive we eventually arrived at the Yosemite National Park entrance and handed over a crisp $20 note to the ranger, who really was a 'Deputy Dawg’ look alike. First protected in 1864, Yosemite National Park is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias and more recently, the killer mouse-borne ‘hantavirus’. Symptoms of the virus include fatigue, muscle aches, especially in the large muscle groups—thighs, hips, back, and sometimes shoulders, so we wondered if you can catch the virus from skiing, or are we just getting old? The volcanic and glacial actions over the last 20 million years have created a wonderland of breath-taking natural splendour - hopefully our pictures speak louder than words.