Yosemite area


 Two weeks of car camping in the Yosemite area
July 17 - 31, 2002 

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We tent-camped at 10 different campsites during our 14-day vacation.  July 17 - Yosemite Lakes, 18 - White Wolf, 19 & 20 - Deadman Creek area, 21 - French Camp,  22 - Bristlecone Monument, 23 thru 25 - Upper Pines, 26 & 27 - Sawmill Walk-in, 28 - Chilkoot, and 29 & 30 - Granite area.

We were late leaving so we spent our first night at Yosemite Lakes, 5 miles outside the Western entrance to Yosemite park.  Early the next morning we drove into Yosemite to the White Wolf campground.
White Wolf campground - We'd always heard about bears in Yosemite.  This was our first time camping within the park.  When we awoke in the morning, a black bear left his calling card 20 feet from our tent.  Fortunately, all the campsites now have steel lockers to protect camper's food so all the bear gets is what careless campers leave out.
Bodie, CA - We drove out of Yosemite to this infamous ghost town.  After traveling about 15 miles on a terrible road, we arrived at this mining town.  The clouds were beautiful as you can see.
It was a wild town and the undertaker was always busy.  These caskets have a window to see the deceased's face (and probably keep the smell in).
These old building are quite rickety.  Ray tried to straighten out this leaning one.
This famous tombstone says  "Rosa Elizabeth White "Rosa May" born Jan., 1835 died in Bodie, in the winter of 1911, 1912.  sacrificed herself for Bodie's miners."
Mono Lake is a beautiful salt water lake which develops unique salt pillars called tufas.  This photo was taken from Lee Vining, an entry town to Yosemite.
Near the lake was this sauna.  It had bench seats inside, a vent hole in the roof, and was apparently fed by steam from a hot spring.
We explored the back roads looking for what's called "disbursed camping" - essentially any place that isn't a developed campground.  We discovered this neat private area near Deadman Creek with a table.   We had to get water from the stream, of course running it through our water filter.  (Do you think Deadman creek's water is poisonous?) 
How's this for a private creek right outside our door?
And at night, we dined in style with a tablecloth.  We didn't notice how many small bugs were attracted by the lantern until morning.  Betty thinks they were confused as it was a full moon.

This spot was so peaceful and quiet that we camped there for two days.

Returning to Yosemite,  we took a bus to visit Devil's Post Pile.  These were formed when volcanic rock cooled causing it to crack in a mosaic pattern.  The cracking started at the surface and progressed into the earth creating these unusual columns.
From Devil's Post Pile we continued on a 4-mile hike to see Rainbow falls.  The falls are quite spectacular with a beautiful rainbow in the sunlight.
We searched for a campsite called Tom's Place but the directions to it were wrong.  Running out of daylight, we decided to camp at a Forestry Service campground called French Camp.  Now that Ray qualifies for the Golden Age pass, we only pay half price for Yosemite entrance and Forestry Service camp grounds.  This one cost us  $7.50.
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