- Jan 31, 2007
Did I sub to this ?????
Yes, that will be wonderful. I really hate I won't be seeing you any time soon.....probably for a long long time. .....at least NOW that is. Hmpf.......And Marv, I am very impressed on your language skills! Looking forward to chatting with you in German the next time I see you!
Yes, Michael is very much a keeper!!Well then he is a keeper...
That is a good point. I think I was even jumping up trying to get out of the hoodie prison!I missed that the fan was ON at first ----- OUCH. I guess for me I am not usually in the way of ceiling fans. If I were in danger other people might get their heads chopped off!!!
I am so happy that someone else can relate to the hoodie entanglement! I think I might be more inclined in the future to buy hoodies with a zipper!I am glad you were okay and yes I have been attacked by the hoodie too and gotten stuck.
Why are those things so hard to back over your head???
It was a lovely day. However, in hindsight I think that our days at Yosemite got better every day. So there are more highlights (and a definite lowlight) to come!Looks like a lovely day with a great tour, minus perhaps the tour guide. You got some great pictures and yes a place I would love to visit. A simple and "safe" dinner looked okay - like you said hard to really mess it up.
Yes, but would you want to put it to a test if what THEY say is correct??? Not me!The mountain lion is even more scared of you. Or so they say.
It gives you a totally different understanding of what light pollution means...Seeing the Milky Way at Bryce Canyon remains one of our travel highlights.
Yes, definitely! I think May is the most busy month there.I heard the spring was a good time, to catch it when the snow is melting. If, you know, there is any snow.
To be fair, I think this water fall is nearly always dry in the summer.Wow... amazing to see the effects of the drought like that.
I am pretty sure every place in the world has restaurants with boring sandwiches. And maybe you were at a Danish restaurant - the Danes are famous for their open faced sandwiches. Which is how most Germans would eat sandwiches, too. Why bother with a second slice of bread...BLASPHEMY!!!!
Once I was in a restaurant in California and they offered a "steak sandwich" on the menu. I ordered it and received a piece of sirloin steak and one slice of garlic bread.
Or the Wilderness Lodge...It reminds me quite a bit of the Old Faithful Inn.
I think it was because of the sun not setting, but being out of site in the valley. Those mountains cast long shadows.5:00 p.m.? That does seem incredibly early to close
There will be some better food coming up!Yeah...you really can't avoid that. It would be nice if the food was better at those prices.
Such good luck - it was a point and shoot through the window of a driving bus. Never expected it to turn out that well! Of course, I did not post the other ten horrible ones.Wow, that's a stunning photo!
Thanks!!This was worth posting for both the view and the hair!
He needs a lot of sleep - similar to a baby...Again? Doesn't he already sleep till noon every morning?
Might want to go back to that "how much I adore you" bit again...
I don't want to get banned from the DIS!! I nearly used a very bad word (according to Michael) in my next update. I got it back from him with a big disclaimer at the beginning that I need to change a word as otherwise I would upset everyone on the DIS because it is so bad! I had no idea. I find it strange how different cultural sensibilities are. There are words which you can translate directly form one language into the other and in both languages they have the same meaning. But in one it is a really bad word and in the other it is not an issue. We had a few discussions about this...Oooh! Teach us some German profanity!
I guess this is one of the occasions where Marv's German would come in handy to say: Hmpf!That truly is a missed opportunity. Can you re-enact this episode, with the 80's hair too?
It is the same in the Alps. But there would still be more water in summer. California is just very dry in the summer. While the Alps get plenty of precipitation year round.Yes, the conditions weren't much better when I was there. This is also the case where I live and we have numerous waterfalls in the area. Late spring after the heavier rains is always the best time to view them, just like the Yosemite area after the snows melt.
Well, there were some drops!!I agree with Michael...........yeah, not so much!
Just because people nowadays just post selfies on Facebook and don't send post cards anymore, I thought it gave the Village more of a feeling of being a real village and not just a few houses.Definitely one of my top tourist destinations!
One cannot always eat carb free sandwiches, especially not if one is a bread snob!What? Where's that lettuce infused bun you have shown a propensity for???
We always do!!Okay children, let's play nice........
The good thing at Yosemite is that you are already at the park you want to go to!!That was my first thought too. Disney buses come around pretty often too...........just not necessarily headed to the park you are trying to visit.
Actually, there were plenty of people sitting in the lobby when we were there for dinner the next evening.Sadly, I'm guessing very few people take advantage of this feature...........
Nope! I don't post selfies on Facebook when on vacation, but the postcards that I wrote were sent later.So did you take advantage???
Yes, it kind of has a dining hall atmosphere!Very spacious.........sorta like Biergarten.
The views in the valley will never grow old!Simply gorgeous!!!
Are you aware that the hot dog is nothing but a German Wieder Würstchen that was imported to the US by German immigrants??? (and I promise that I will never make you try to pronounce the word Würstchen!! Which, by the way means sausage, but can also be used as a very unfriendly description of a person, kind of like the English word loser.)USA! USA! USA!
We were definitely on the shy side there...Yes, I got that impression with the very sedate people you like to dine with at 50's Prime Time..........
Ok, why does everyone make me want to use the wonderful word Hmpf! over and over again????Hey, she has a sense of humor. The time we hung out a lot at Disney I found myself laughing at her quite a bit! Oh, maybe that was for a totally different reason..........
That is a lovely way of saying it!Sharing a sunset is always a nice way to put a ribbon on a good day!
Well, you might guess that we didn't...Unfortunately I didn't get to spend any time in Yosemite at night, but I did get a few good early morning pictures.
To be honest, I hated my hair then! The problem is that I have natural curl and I just had no clue on how to manage it. I remember that on this vacation my aunt asked me why I did not use any conditioner and I had no idea what this was as in Germany conditioners were not available - yet. I came home with three or four bottles of conditioner and was so happy to have found something that made my hair manageable! It wasn't until around 1990 that I was able to get conditioner in Germany.Oh, gotta LOVE that hair!!! You should go back to that style...........
Na, I have no interest in being a global sensation!!! And I think it would not be good for my job either.Half undressed and an image that would sear into one's consciousness??? I'm pretty sure she would be more than just a global sensation........
Oh, yes! I never thought of that. Here you can sometimes get Granita as a dessert in Italian restaurants. And yes, this is definitely very much the same!We have Granita over here. I assume it's very similar.
Yes, non-Americans love their outlet shopping on vacation! I am currently trying to lose weight and I already promised myself that when I get to goal weight I will go on a big shopping trip!That would be the reason for stopping in Tulare.
Aren't they amazing!I love sequoias too!!!
Poor Cap Oblivious.
Bwa ha ha ha ha.
Yes, they are quite amazing! I never thought I would enjoy animal watching, but discovered how fantastic this is on my trip to Namibia where we spent three days in the National Park watching the animals!Lucky you! Love being able to see bears in the wild.
Interesting. The only thing I know about eucalyptus is that it is quite a weed and some mediterranean countries have huge difficulties getting rid of them as they just take over.Eucalyptus trees are like that too.
It was really more cosmetic, but I was not happy with it at all!You and M kept driving with that tyre??? YIKES!
The strange thing is that in so many other tourist destinations in the US, there are plenty of American tourists. Just not in the NPs.That always surprises me as well that in all NP I visit in the US, there are always more international visitors than Americans.
Well, once you were back from vacation, I took a nice long break in updating...Why does everyone always have to update like crazy while we are on vacation?
It is such a beautiful place!! Have you ever been to the Königssee close to Berchtesgaden? This is a place where I want to take Michael (maybe this summer) and it is a spot that to me has a similar breathtaking beauty.But none the less, I am finally all caught up again and again too much to comment on, just want to say that the scenery is just breathtaking and I love that photo of you and your aunt. Memories!
Keeping my fingers crossed for getting close enough! Where is this years conference?I just need to get close enough, close enough. Last year the conference was in Palm Springs and we did Disney, and San Diego before heading out to Palm Springs. Most times due to getting time away from work, I can only add a few days to the conference.
Hi Rosie!!Keeping up!!
Yes, that's why I started talking about beavers!Awesome, you told me Justin time!
I think a better camera with all kind of options just enhances your chances that the camera actually does what you want. But now and then the stupid camera lucky out. Or as we would say in German: Even the blind chicken finds a corn now and then.WOW! I guess once in a while you can get rather lucky with shots. There have been some good ones with my phone I've gotten too. Rare, but it does happen.
I know I will catch flack from Rosie for this, but..............
Because they're all busy reading when you're updating like crazy the rest of the time...........???
And you are also always so thoughtful to post birthday greetings in German! That is very much appreciated!For a few years now I've been coached by the best!
Pat lies??? I would have always thought that she is such a honest person!!!!Yeah, definitely don't ask Pat for confirmation..........she lies!
That is my claim and is absolutely true , I have never or anyone else ever accused you of being innocent
Conditioner is this curly haired girl best friend.I remember that on this vacation my aunt asked me why I did not use any conditioner and I had no idea what this was as in Germany conditioners were not available - yet. I came home with three or four bottles of conditioner and was so happy to have found something that made my hair manageable! It wasn't until around 1990 that I was able to get conditioner in Germany.
New Orleans. But we usually swap More East Coast for More West Coast. So maybe next year!Keeping my fingers crossed for getting close enough! Where is this years conference?
We say a blind Squirrel finds a nut now and then.Or as we would say in German: Even the blind chicken finds a corn now and then.
Pat lies??? I would have always thought that she is such a honest person!!!!
I am glad that this incident did not throw a spanner in the works.The ceiling fan incident the previous evening made me afraid that this would disturb my plans for the next day, but I was very happy when I woke up and my fingers felt fine.
That does not sound like pleasant hiking weather at all.The problem was that during our days there, there was a real heatwave happening. The temperatures were in the high 90s every day.
That sounds pretty straightforward.I jumped on a shuttle bus and it took me about 25 minutes to get to the start of the trail.
Despite there not being a lot of water, this still looks stunning.As you can see, there is not a lot of water, but there is still a decent amount of water in this waterfall!
What a shame. Glad that it was only the battery.And then my camera died! I thought it was broken, but luckily it turned out that it only had lost all of its battery.
That sounds like an amazing achievement.And I had made it up there in one hour and 15 minutes.
That sounded like a great plan. What a shame that it did not work out.And the other one was to make my way over to the John Muir Trail that would then lead me back to the valley, so this would be a loop then instead of climbing down all those stairs.
That looks really pretty. What a shame that it was such a pain to get there.
That sounds way to energetic for me!Top of Vernal Fall
Distance: 2.4 mi (3.9 km) round trip (via Mist Trail)
Elevation gain: 1000 ft (300 m)
Time: 3 hours
Yikes! did you get your feet wet or jump across on stepping stones?I first had to cross the river that originate from the waterfall:
That looks fine to me.The trail started out with a nice climb, not too bad:
OK that's where I would turn around.But then the stairs started! And soon I got a view of the waterfall:
I find that the more I turn my camera on and off, the more that it's batteries go dead faster. I don't know if that helps, plus if you've had the camera for a while the battery just may not hold a charge as long as it did when it was new.And then my camera died! I thought it was broken, but luckily it turned out that it only had lost all of its battery. Not sure how that happened as I had charged it. But, I was happy that I still had my phone with me.
I wouldn't worry about lions or bear, but I would worry about slipping and falling down a cliff with no one around to notify authoritiesI was totally on my own. At first it did not bother me, but then I started to think of bears and mountain lions and I got really scared!!
Again, bears and the like rarely come out when there are people hiking around.By now, I was really really scared! I kept making noises on my own, hoping that if any bear was around that that would scare them away.
Again rope drop is always a good strategy.I started to go down then and by now there were a million people coming up!
I don't even like to wear flip flops. Period. Much less do any amount of walking in them!I saw so many people with flip flops!! Who would ever think about any kind of trail in the countryside that should be walked in flip flops????
Well I'm glad that Michael was able to make his feet happy in the stream.Michael found a place to climb down to the river and sat there a little while to put his feet into the water. He came back and told me that his feet are now very happy – and that’s how this place became Happy Feets instead of Happy Isles!
I could tell that was horse poop from the moment I saw it. Where I grew up, lots of people had horses up in the hills and many of my friends had their own ponies.Then Michael got quite excited because we saw something on the trail that he, as the expert, recognized as bear droppings (or bear poo – but not Winnie!).
They really don't. I guess pollution was really bad when they stopped letting people drive around themselves.I guess they really want people to not use their own cars when in Yosemite Valley!
The choices for dinner looked very nice! Although I don't agree with you that this was enough to share!We shared this and it was definitely a portion that was large enough to share! It was really good!
I'm glad that people actually followed the dress code. On our last trip they had a very easy dress code. No jeans, T-shirts, tennis shoes or shorts in the main dining room at dinner. There were still some low lifes who wore jeans and T-shirts to dinner. I mean how hard is it to put on a pair of slacks and a polo shirt? They sold the shirts in the gift shop. I hate when people think they are "above" the requests of the establishment and then the establishment doesn't enforce their policies.They have a dress code and people definitely followed the dress code, even though they were in a National Park. There was someone playing on a grand piano. There were candles on the tables, the service was excellent, the food was very good. We had so many fantastic meals during this trip, but this definitely belongs in the top 5.
Well that is good that there were no lasting injuries.I was very happy when I woke up and my fingers felt fine.
Glad you were smart and headed out early.Unless you have a really early start – mornings were quite bearable as it cooled down nicely during the night. I guess, you all will see where Michael’s problem with that scenario was. And I think splitting up was the smart thing to do. This way, I could start as early as I wanted instead of being annoyed that Michael was not moving as early as I would have wanted, which would then have resulted in both of us being grumpy (one because of the early morning, the other because the morning was not early enough) and then having to hike in the hot weather.
You should get back there later.....Upon arrival at Happy Isles I saw that this was really quite an interesting spot, too.
Great reason to recreate the hike this time.The reason why I wanted to do this hike is that I think I did this with my aunt in the 80s. I remember that we walked to one spot together and then I hiked up some more on my own. Looking at my photo album of that trip, I don’t have any pictures. But there is a postcard of Vernal fall next to a strip of film with a notice from the photo service that this roll was damaged and that’s why they did not develop those pictures. Seems an indicator that my pictures from Vernal Falls are lost. But I did not write anything in that album…
I don’t understand people who litter along the trail, but here I came across the most bizarre piece of garbage left on the side of the trail:
Interesting. I guess you never caught up with then to speak German with them?Some people asked me to take their picture and then they were nice enough to take mine as well. After that was done and they had started to move again, I heard that they were actually talking German to each other. That was funny as we had spoken English the whole time!
Seemed like a good decision.There were two options: One was to go up to Nevada Fall, which was the next water fall, kind of one level up. And the other one was to make my way over to the John Muir Trail that would then lead me back to the valley, so this would be a loop then instead of climbing down all those stairs. I like loop trails. I never really approve of hiking back the same way that I came. Also, the other trail supposedly was less steep and I really was not looking forward to climbing down all those stairs.
So, when I got to the signpost that indicated the trail for the John Muir Trail, I decided to go this way.
And then I started to become more and more aware of the fact that while it had been really busy on that other trail, no one else was using this trail!! I was totally on my own. At first it did not bother me, but then I started to think of bears and mountain lions and I got really scared!!
Yeah I would be bothered by being out there all alone too. Yup the thought of being off a cliff and left to die would cause me to turn around.I wouldn't worry about lions or bear, but I would worry about slipping and falling down a cliff with no one around to notify authorities
Good choice. I am glad you got back on the more traveled path.I knew that this trail was connecting to the other trail, the real John Muir Trail so I hoped that I would soon get there and then there would be more people. But that was not the case. So, after about 15 minutes I realized that what I was doing was not good and actually could be potentially dangerous! So, I turned around. By now, I was really really scared! I kept making noises on my own, hoping that if any bear was around that that would scare them away. Most likely I was not nearly noisy enough though. You should have used your scary sounds on the ceiling fan! But I made it down to the place where my trail split away without any difficulty. In hindsight this was really a stupid decision. I should have followed the trail to the bottom of Nevada Fall, where I would have had a beautiful view and the trail would have been far easier to walk.
Glad you made it back there.I convinced Michael that we should go and check out the Happy Isles Nature Reserve, so this is what we did.
That is interesting!!!This lovely little stream can turn into some mighty river in different weather conditions. They had a display there about the streamgage they have there:
Glad Michael's feet got to be happy.Michael found a place to climb down to the river and sat there a little while to put his feet into the water. He came back and told me that his feet are now very happy – and that’s how this place became Happy Feets instead of Happy Isles!
In a very safe environment I might add.So, I finally saw a bear and a mountain lion during my wanderings. Luckily they were both not dangerous anymore!
We started out on the trail and very quickly it turned into a very sandy trail. This was not so good as we both were wearing sandals.
Yup that would have made me not happy either.So, yes, it was caused by horses, not bears! And lots of it! It appeared that we had ended up on a horse riding trail!! It would have been really nice if they had put up a sign. We were getting really hot, the trail was horribly dusty and not good for walking in sandals anyway and then we had to deal with the horses’ stuff as well. This made us not very happy.
Oohhh Now I am past a little NOT happy....And then when we were already pretty grumpy we came across a group of riders that had stopped in the middle of the path. We were told that we should make our way past them. I am really not sure why they did not move. But we had to climb into the woods and kind of struggle along at least 12 horses.
Another wonderful choice this time.On the way back we chose the road. This was much better!
Sounds nice - and great pictures.We had made a reservation for dinner at the Ahwahnee Hotel dining room.
It does look good.We had so many fantastic meals during this trip, but this definitely belongs in the top 5.
A nice way to wind down....When we were done, we still had plenty of time before the shuttle service ended, so that worked out well. We got back to our room and sat outside on our patio with some of the Conundrum wine that we had picked up in Oakhurst and chatted. It was a perfect evening!