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Old 06-18-2014, 05:53 PM   #631
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So let me get this straight - you couldn't sit with your family because seats were reserved for kids who sat on the laps of others clearly making room for you to sit. What is wrong with people?

I've told this story, but it reminds me of my last trip to Epcot. Cynthia & I met some other DISers to watch Illuminations from the vantage point of the deck outside of Tokyo Dining. I was trying to position myself in such a way that I did not obstruct another adults vision. I asked the lady behind and to the right of me if she could see. She says, "Yes, but she can't see" and points to her 3 year old in a STROLLER whose seat didn't even clear the railing. Not to mention the fact that the kids eyes were half shut. Are you kidding me? Of course she can't see - her eyes are closed and she can't see over the railing. Nuts!

I digress!

The forest looks amazing and that's a really cool story about its discovery. I'm glad Timmy was able to rally somewhat and hopefully enjoy himself a little bit. That's far too far to go and not get to take the tour.

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More gorgeousness. What a cool thing to see. Isn't it incredible to think about those trees being there ALL those years? Throughout all that has done on historically. Pretty amazing.

Poor Timmy; hope he felt better quickly.

The savings seats thing is . I'm sure these are the same people who have their crap on an empty DCL deck chair for 6 hours and then get pissed when it gets moved. Some people are clueless.

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Old 06-19-2014, 08:52 AM   #633
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Lucky girl! That is going to be wonderful- I want to do that ABD one day too! What kinds of tours do you have planned in SF?
I am doing an early morning Muir Woods tour that starts before the park opens, so it should be nice to be there before the crowds swarm in! Also, doing a SF city tour. And, finally, I am taking a one day - long day tour to Yosemite. I know it's going to be a long day and that I will miss a lot, but this is all I can do this trip considering all the other things I'm doing and will then need to get back to work. I've been to Yosemite before and plan to return for several days another time, but just didn't want to totally miss it this time! The tour company, for all of these, uses small vans with a maximum of around 9 or 10 people, I think, so it's not a big bus thing.

Your newest photos are gorgeous. Just love the tree enormous trees! Hope Timmy feels better soon!
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Old 06-19-2014, 10:07 AM   #634
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SOOO Beautiful! I need to do this trip
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Old 06-19-2014, 12:16 PM   #635
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So we squeezed? Squoze? Is that a word?
I like it. Let's go with squoze.

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Bud- the room is 4 hours away. Ride the tram for an hour, please, and then we can go. Please.
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We saw a ton up front- however those were all (except 3) being saved by some major nasty B for her family (which included 3 kids that spent the whole ride on someone else's lap- I really was not a fan of this person, and I want to know where HER sign was- my guess is in a rest stop bathroom, if you get my drift).
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These trees are between 1000 and 3000 years old.
Wow! They've seen us regress all the way from Beethoven to Bieber.

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When you get to the Upper Grove, there is a museum which is a replica of Galen Clark's Cabin- he is the man who discovered the grove. Interesting story- he was diagnosed with consumption (TB) in 1853 and given 6 months to live. He discovered the Mariposa Grove and moved there- he died in 1910! That's a LONG 6 months!! He moved to the mountains to take his chances on dying or recovering- things worked out well for him!
Now I know where to go during the zombie apocalypse.

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Then went to look at the California Tunnel Tree- the only living tree with a tunnel cut through it remaining. The tunnel was made in 1895 as a gimmick to allow stagecoaches to pass through.
Cool! Hard to believe it's actually alive.

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And said good bye to Yosemite National Park- because now, we were on our way south- to DISNEYLAND!!!!
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Old 06-19-2014, 12:36 PM   #636
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Yay for on your way to Disneyland. That looks like a great tour! I want to do everything that you did on these days, it looks so beautiful!

You really need to! Your state is spectacular, my friend!

Sorry that Timmy wasn't feeling well and his cranky side came out, that can tend to happen. I know first hand.
Ah, yes- I know you do-

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So let me get this straight - you couldn't sit with your family because seats were reserved for kids who sat on the laps of others clearly making room for you to sit. What is wrong with people?

What's wrong with people is a BIZARRE sense of misplaced ENTITLEMENT. I can handle most attitudes, but a sense of entitlement drives me totally cray-cray.

I've told this story, but it reminds me of my last trip to Epcot. Cynthia & I met some other DISers to watch Illuminations from the vantage point of the deck outside of Tokyo Dining. I was trying to position myself in such a way that I did not obstruct another adults vision. I asked the lady behind and to the right of me if she could see. She says, "Yes, but she can't see" and points to her 3 year old in a STROLLER whose seat didn't even clear the railing. Not to mention the fact that the kids eyes were half shut. Are you kidding me? Of course she can't see - her eyes are closed and she can't see over the railing. Nuts!

RIDICULOUS!!! Can't we ship these people off somewhere?Obnoxious Island?

I digress!

The forest looks amazing and that's a really cool story about its discovery. I'm glad Timmy was able to rally somewhat and hopefully enjoy himself a little bit. That's far too far to go and not get to take the tour.

He really did NOT do what I would call rally. He begrudgingly got on the tram because the alternative was to sit on a rock in 100 degree heat. At least the tram had a little breeze.

Woo Hoo for DL!!!!!
YES!!! That's how I felt about it! I purposefully made DL at the end of the trip because I didn't want to have PDB (post Disney Blues) for the whole rest of the trip.

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More gorgeousness. What a cool thing to see. Isn't it incredible to think about those trees being there ALL those years? Throughout all that has done on historically. Pretty amazing.

It is- here is an old photo from it- and this is not even THAT old, in terms of the 1000s of years these trees have been alive-



That is Teddy Roosevelt and John Muir in the pic, among others.



Poor Timmy; hope he felt better quickly.

A miraculous recovery as soon as we got back in the car.

The savings seats thing is . I'm sure these are the same people who have their crap on an empty DCL deck chair for 6 hours and then get pissed when it gets moved. Some people are clueless.

Obnoxious oblivious island- it should BE- just sayin....

Yay for Disneyland!!
YES!!!!!

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I am doing an early morning Muir Woods tour that starts before the park opens, so it should be nice to be there before the crowds swarm in!

PERFECT!

Also, doing a SF city tour. And, finally, I am taking a one day - long day tour to Yosemite. I know it's going to be a long day and that I will miss a lot, but this is all I can do this trip considering all the other things I'm doing and will then need to get back to work. I've been to Yosemite before and plan to return for several days another time, but just didn't want to totally miss it this time! The tour company, for all of these, uses small vans with a maximum of around 9 or 10 people, I think, so it's not a big bus thing.

Also perfect! Love the small tours!

Your newest photos are gorgeous. Just love the tree enormous trees! Hope Timmy feels better soon!
Thanks- and he did as soon as we got in the car.

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Old 06-19-2014, 01:07 PM   #637
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I like it. Let's go with squoze.

EXCELLENT!

But surely you have magical skillz to make a bedroom appear.

I don't and stop calling me Shirley.

Ever heard of the art of crop-dusting? It's usually meant for people who stop in the middle of the row in Disney auditoriums, but I can find an application here.

Yes, and you would think with all of the crop dusting practice and ammo they all have my men would have been right on it, but AGAIN we needed YOUR skilll and expertise to show us how it should be done in Yosemite-

Wow! They've seen us regress all the way from Beethoven to Bieber.

Ohhh...that is soooo not right!

Now I know where to go during the zombie apocalypse.

EXCELLENT IDEA!!!



Cool! Hard to believe it's actually alive.

It is why they can get pummeled by lightening and still survive, like the clothespin tree.

YES!! On our way to DL- otherwise known as the whole reason we went to CA in the first place, lol.
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We were in our car and headed south to Santa Clarita for the night. This worked well for us since we were right at the south entrance to Yosemite. When you finally get out of the park, the first town you go through is Oakhurst. I am mentioning this because if you are going to Yosemite and want to stay in Oakhurst at any of their Yosemite accomodations- well, you are going to be really far away from the park. So keep that in mind when you are looking-

So the drive is 41 through Fresno to 99 to 5, and takes about 4 1/2 hours.
Most of it looks like this-



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Until it starts looking like this instead-



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No matter how any of this looks, it is POWERFULLY HOT- make no mistake, it's dry heat for sure, but it's 115 degrees of dry heat. UNTIL...you get to something called the Grapevine, and then the temperature drops like 30 degrees! It is wild!! Somewhere in our travels, we stopped for some In-n-Out (I almost forgot!!!)



Which was awesome as ever. Then it was back to-





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I texted Allison to let her know we were on our way through the Grapevine (it's her favorite) and also Jenny and Drea to say- we are on our way to Southern Cali baby!

We had decided to stay the night in Santa Clarita for a couple of reasons- we would only have an hour and a half the next morning to drive to DL, and we did not have to rush to get out of Yosemite on our last day there in case we wanted to SQUOZE in one last hike that day (which we OBVIOUSLY did not do because of you-know-who). I personally like to rack up Hilton Honors points whenever possible (or Marriott, or Hyatt) and really like Hampton Inns (the beds are so comfy!) so that's where we picked to stay. It was RIGHT off the highway and WOW- it was the nicest Hampton Inn I have EVER stayed in! http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hot...LHX/index.html

Before we checked in, though, we stopped at a Walmart to pick up some snacks and beverages for our upcoming 5 night stay at GCV. Mostly, we were all tired and looking forward to relaxing in the hotel room for the night.



The couch pulled out into a bed, that is where the Ts were going.





There was a full moon on this night, it lit up the sky like the sun!



Happy at last-





We turned on the TV and actually had a really nice night laughing at Steve Colbert and John Oliver who was subbing for John Stewart- man, he was HILARIOUS!!!



Lights were out EARLY- we were going to DISNEYLAND in the morning!






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Old 06-19-2014, 02:48 PM   #639
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Thank you so much for the awesome updates!! Yay! I don't have to wonder any longer what route you took to get to DLR! So glad you stayed at the GC! We are going to stay there in November.

Any reason you didn't take the PCH down? It does add a lot of time to the trip and you gave yourselves plenty of time in Yosemite.

I'll be checking often for the next updates! Thank you!!!!
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After waking up and eating the BEST complimentary Hampton Inn breakfast we had ever had (I am tellin you, this Hampton was awesome!), we said goodbye-



And hopped on the highway south to Anaheim. The traffic was not so bad, we had made sure to depart at 9am after rush hour. It was not very long at all it seemed before we saw



and then on the city streets



and even better (this actually reminded me of Universal in Orlando, lol)



We passed Paradise Pier-



before arriving at our destination for the next 5 nights



As expected, I was crying.



For a Disneyfan who has never been, going to Disneyland is like going to the Mothership. I was HOME.

We unloaded with the Bell Hop and valet parked the car, then stepped inside the Grand Californian to register and gape in AWE at the lobby.



Everything- everyTHING- every last detail here is beautiful. Grand indeed.





Our 1 BDRM villa was not ready yet, but that was fine, because we had our swimsuits on under our clothes and we were ready for a day of RnR by the glorious pool...



















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Thank you so much for the awesome updates!! Yay! I don't have to wonder any longer what route you took to get to DLR! So glad you stayed at the GC! We are going to stay there in November.

You are going to LOVE it- we did not want to leave and I can't wait to return!

Any reason you didn't take the PCH down? It does add a lot of time to the trip and you gave yourselves plenty of time in Yosemite.

I'll be checking often for the next updates! Thank you!!!!
Good question! we had done that the last time we were in CA- drove from SF to Carmel, then down the coast to the Hearst Castle, and then on to stay in Santa Barbara with my friend, Stephen, and his crazy-a wife. We LOVEd it, and will definitely return, but we knew our kids would really appreciate hiking in Yosemite over a drive down the coast and a Hearst Castle tour (which, for the record, was FASCINATING and I VERY VERY highly recommend!).
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I went to Disneyland twice as a kid before I ever went to WDW and I haven't been back yet. I know what it felt to experience WDW after DL, but I can't wait to see your reaction to the reverse!

Did you have any trouble getting GCV at 7 months?
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I went to Disneyland twice as a kid before I ever went to WDW and I haven't been back yet. I know what it felt to experience WDW after DL, but I can't wait to see your reaction to the reverse!

Did you have any trouble getting GCV at 7 months?
My reaction was basically cry...walk 2 feet...cry some more...walk to feet...cry again...you get the idea.

And no, I did not have an issue at 7 months- but- it was late August (kids are back in school) and it was AFTER D23- more on that in a bit. I think date and checking in mid-week (not on a friday or Saturday) were helpful.
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Yay you've made it to Disneyland!
Isn't just the most amazing place. I've visited twice and have totally fallen in love. I'm really hoping I can get back for a couple of nights this year
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Yay you've made it to Disneyland!

YES!! Longest TR ever!!

Isn't just the most amazing place. I've visited twice and have totally fallen in love. I'm really hoping I can get back for a couple of nights this year
I want to go back with Sean- he is obsessed with the DL App on my ipad- I want to take him so badly- maybe even next year.... I can see why you have fallen in love- it is so intimate.

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