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Trip Report Trip Report: Part Two:Chains,rentals Yosemite and oh so many other things

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OK so I know its been a looooooooooooooooong time but I guess I've been a little preoccupied and since I may need your services again soon I wanted to give a little back. I kept a diary of our October 2011 trip so I will have to rely on that to write my little update. Certainly a lot of changes on this site since my last visit.

DAYS 7-10 Yosemite
As we drove from Monterey towards Yosemite we marvelled at the changing scenery and enjoyed guessing what all the crops were that we could see planted in the fields. We refuelled at Mariposa before entering the park. What a lovely little town Mariposa is!
By the time we arrived at the park it was misty and drizzling rain but we stopped often to take photos.

We found the roads a little confusing so it took us a little while to finally find Yosemite Lodge but we parked and finally had our keys in hand. Looking up and seeing the towering peaks around us was memorable, I ran around checking things out it was just so exciting to finally see it and whats more to see that the falls were more than just a trickle as I had been warned they would be at this time of year.
Our room in the Maple buiding was spacious and though a little shabby had everything we needed.
I booked an 8 hour Grand Tour for the next day and we had excellent pizzas in the food court for dinner.
For us the Grand Tour was a great option as we had time constraints and we didn't really understand how the park operated. Also my husband need a respite from driving
"on the wrong side of the road". We saw everything we wanted to see and our tour guide Manny was without a doubt the best tour guide I've ever had. I don't think he stopped talking the whole time regaling us with fabulous stories of Yosemite. This tour was great value for money.
We had dinner in the food court again that night. I like the way this food court is set up it's an easy option but if you spent a lot of time in the park you'd need to explore other food options.

In my planning for this trip, I'd allocated a whole day to exit the Park via Tioga and overnight in Lone Pine. I'm so glad I did as the scenery along the was breathtaking and we needed to stop often!
As we drove out and got higher, there was still a lot of snow about and we realised how lucky we were as the road had been closed the previous week and was now open. This was always going to be an issue for us as all my planning was based on Tioga being open.
We loved this drive. Tuolomne meadows, Olmstead Point, Tenaya Lake. It was spectactular and we were so blessed with the weather. I took hundreds of photos.

We stopped at the Whoa Nellie deli and had a bite to eat while we contemplated our "conquering" of the Tioga Road. We had read some much about it and there was always the possibilty of it being closed so we really were elated that we had driven it and seen the magnificence of the scenery for ourselves.Also we finally knew how Americans pronounced "Tioga"because before we went we had our own way of saying it and it sounded nothing like the American way!
Before proceeding on higway 395 towards Lone Pine we had one more important stop to make thanks to the Fodorites - Schatts Bakery in Bishop. The goodies I bought from this charming place lasted for many days!

We arrived safely in Lone Pine to rest up for our drive through Death Valley to Vegas the next day.

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