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
|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
|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
|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
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
|How's this for a private creek right outside
|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
This spot was so peaceful and quiet that we camped there for
|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
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