Pardon the interruption…

I had seen the new 2017 F250’s a few months ago and thought that would be nice to start retirement with a nice new truck that would last well into that retirement.

In hindsight we do like the space in our current setup, crew cab (4-door) with a shortbed. But ideally I would really like to have a long bed for storage of all our ‘stuff’. However a crew cab with a long bed is REALLY long! The best compromise is an extended cab with a long bed. We really won’t need the space for extra people in the truck on the road but we could use another 1.5 feet in the bed.

So why not get a new one, find the combination you want? That setup is very hard to find. Crew cab short beds are a dime a dozen (well a bit more expensive than that). The other option? Order it.

We did.

Here is what is on order:

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Ordered on 6/28. Got a VIN and it should be built on 8/22.

Should be fun!

Anyone want to buy a gently used 2013 F250 with just over 30K miles?

Yosemite in Winter!

Shortly after the new year we started to get some inclement weather. What should we do?

Go to Yosemite!! Without the trailer of course, a day trip is in order.

We live 137 miles from the Yosemite valley floor. But how often do we go visit? Not very. It is a sad state of affairs, I know.

We had a free Saturday so let’s go. Our truck has 4×4 and M/S tires. Unless it is a level 3 chain requirement, we don’t have to do chains! I brought chains anyway.

We left home relatively early and the weather had been stormy the day before but was clear. But there were still level 2 chain requirements on CA41 into the valley. That’s OK! It will be an adventure.

We stopped in Oakhurst on the way to get some sandwiches at Vons. Bringing our own food in is a way to show how cheap I am! At least I didn’t make them at home. It was pouring rain in Oakhurst, a good thing I thought. More chances of snow in Yosemite!

As we climbed out of Oakhurst on CA41 there were more signs of snow on the ground. We rounded the corner and found the CHP stopping people to put their chains on. He asked us if we were 4×4. Yes. Were we carrying chains? Yes. Proceed. It was very nice to drive past all the others out in the cold and wet putting on chains.

The road had snow on it most of the way and I had to switch in and out of 4×4, but that is a switch on the dash so I didn’t even have to get out. It took us about an hour to get to tunnel view. And it was amazing!

Tunnel View

We were surprised by how pretty it was. It snowed on and off. A bit of rainy slush thrown in here and there. We were also surprised by how many people were up here.

We got out and took the trail to Bridalveil falls.

Bridalveil Falls

We drove around a bit then had our lunch at Yosemite Valley Lodge food court.

After some more sightseeing we headed back home. We stopped in Fresno for dinner at the Shepherd’s Inn. This was the first time I noticed how dirty the truck really was!

I would highly recommend a trip to Yosemite during the snowy season!