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!

 

Three updates

It has been a while to post but three events had taken place so I will lump them together.

One.

Our daughter Hannah has been going to school (Academy of Art) to get her Bachelor’s degree (she is the first one to do so in the immediate family). She has finally achieved it! Her graduation was on May 22 which happens to be one month to the day after Roxie had her back fusion surgery. You think Roxie, or I, would miss that? No way!

We decided to take the trailer as Aaron, his girlfriend and Paige (granddaughter) were going to be there for the weekend also so an RV park made more sense than a hotel.

We left a day early and stayed at WalMart in Los Banos:

Los Banos

This time I chose to stay at the Trailer Villa in Redwood City. A bit far from the city but cheaper and not too bad in the back. It backs up to the Redwood Slough (so get one if the back in spots, we will next time):

Slough

 

We attended Hannah’s graduation as very proud parents. The ceremony was in the Cow Palace and we saw her on the Jumbotron!

Hannah

It was a good weekend of family times:

Family

 

One added note. Roxie did an amazing job only one month post surgery and having a temporary Handicapped parking placard is amazing!

Two.

I had a Snugtop shell on my truck for a year and a half. For almost all that time I have had problems with the shell fitting close enough to the cab. It was very frustrating. I worked with my local dealer and they were wonderful. The issue was with Snugtop itself. I created a website about it: http://snugtop.casarodante.org They did not decide to work with me to get it fitting. I even offered to drive to Long Beach so they could do it. Eventually, after more emails, a negative Yelp review, a negative Facebook post, Snugtop gave up and gave me a full refund. Thanks for that but no thanks for not even trying!

I took that refund and immediately purchased a Leer top. Although I had to wait 6 weeks again for a shell, here it is:

Shell

I really like the Windoors that have a screen also. I am overall happy with it but I will let you in on a secret, the Snugtop is higher quality than the Lear.

Three.

One other trip to mention. Father’s Day. Aaron wanted to do a Father’s day thing so it was decided to head to the Dodger’s game on Saturday. With Roxie still on the mend we opted to spend a couple of nights in Valencia which is not too far from Dodger stadium. Five of us went to the Dodger game, me, Aaron, Paige (granddaughter), Rachel (Aaron’s girlfriend) and David (Rachel’s Dad). Roxie and Julie (David’s wife) hung out together are Julie’s house.

It was a fun time except the fact the Dodgers’ lost. Here are some shots from the stadium:

Chavez Ravine Dodgers

There you go! Three in one!