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Old 10-03-2008, 01:06 PM   #1
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Cool 3 states, 3 weeks and 2000 miles in a Jeep - Day 9

Saturday June 24th 2006

We were up early and headed over to brekkie by about 8am. Once at the restaurant we were met by the most amusing lady who seated us and called herself 'Bonnie, the hostess with the mostest' now she must have been well into her 70's or even 80's. After brekkie we packed up the jeep and headed off. Once again the roads were very quiet and the scenery stunning





Soon the temperatures were creeping up and we had reached 100f But it got even hotter as we approached the area around Jackson.



It was no longer mountain scenery now but hillsides that were quite brown through lack of water. At one point we drove past some open cast mining.



Soon we were heading higher and higher again as we made our approach to Yosemite. Suddenly we came across an area of burnt trees, which were from a forest fire in the early 90's. It was quite an eery sight but there was evidence of the new growth finding its way through the devastated area.



After a few more miles on twisty and turning roads we got our first glimpse of Half Dome in the distance.



Once into Yosemite National Park we drove through to the C140 and onto our hotel, The Yosemite View Lodge at El Portal. It was a great location right next to the Merced River. We were able to check in straight away as it was about 3pm, it had taken about 5 hours to get here. Our room was great two double beds.



Along with a kitchenette.



And a Jacuzzi bath!



The hotel had a small convenience store so we stocked up with milk and butter so that we could have brekkie in the room for the next three days. Feeling like we needed to relax we headed to one of the 5 pools for a swim.



Not sure where to go for dinner as the road was blocked our only option was the hotel or Yosemite itself. So it was into Yosemite for our first proper look around.



It was still quite warm but a lot of people not staying had already left so it was easy getting around. Once we had got our bearings we found somewhere to park and headed for Degnan's Loft as it was mentioned in a guide book as serving good pizza. We arrived expecting to find a restaurant but instead found a cafeteria type take out. It all looked very nice so we ordered a portion of garlic bread and a large Hawaiian pizza, and wow was it huge about 15 inches in diameter but it was soon eaten After this we drove slowly back to the hotel and had a beer before going to bed.

I will add that since coming home I have found out that Bonnie is rather 'infamous' on trip advisor, when you read the reviews of the hotel she gets a few mentions

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Old 10-03-2008, 02:27 PM   #2
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Old 10-03-2008, 06:33 PM   #3
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WOW,i can't believe some of the amazing views you encountered on your trip-so pretty+no doubt breathtaking in real life.x.
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Old 10-03-2008, 06:35 PM   #4
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Great day! We loved Yosemite when we visited last year. Look forward to reading more
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Old 10-04-2008, 06:28 AM   #5
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again more amazing scenery. The trees looked a bit eerie Did you feel safe when you were driving to places and checking out the local area?
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Old 10-04-2008, 09:58 AM   #6
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Another great job of reporting, Claire. Isn't it frustrating trying to photograph such panoramic views?! I always try and I'm always left with saying to friends looking at the pictures, "You just have to see it to believe it." What wonderful memories this trip gave you each day--and you've collected them nicely in your report.
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Another great day, awesome scenery
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Fantastic views.
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i am so enjoying reading your reports that i feel like i am along with you.


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Stunning views once again, sounds like a really good trip.
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