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Re: Yosemite

Post by gregangsten » Thu Jun 27, 2019 10:19 am

And today it went back to a -maybe- at Bridalveil. They rescinded the earlier opening statement. Probably might be a better word.
We apologize, but due to a technical issue, we will not be able to release Bridalveil Creek Group and Horse sites tomorrow, June 27. We will send another email when they will be available to reserve.

We will still be releasing the Lower and North Pines flood sites as referenced in the previous email.


Sincerely,

Eric Bissmeyer
Campground Manager
Yosemite National Park

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Re: Yosemite

Post by gregangsten » Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:45 am

Got a notice yesterday from Yosemite saying the campground will open on July 15, but without water. No word on when water will be restored to that campground. I hope it is by August.

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Re: Yosemite

Post by gregangsten » Thu Aug 01, 2019 3:30 pm

I am planning to drive up Tuesday evening of that week, stay just outside the park, and get in early the next morning to get a spot on Wednesday. The last two years it's been tough getting campsites there and I resolved to make a little vacation out of it and go up earlier mid week to stake my claim. If anyone else wants to arrive Wednesday, I'll try to save you a site as well so let me know, first come first served.

It would be good to coordinate here, let people know when you would arrive, share rides, etc. Also, I can take another if anyone wants to carpool and go up that early.

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Re: Yosemite

Post by mrobin604 » Thu Aug 01, 2019 3:46 pm

I'm heading up Friday. Lynn and I will be staying outside the park at the White Chief Mountain Lodge, in Fish Camp. Greg, do you have room for a falcon on your car? We want to take Lynn's new car and she doesn't have a rack on it.

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Re: Yosemite

Post by stebbins » Thu Aug 01, 2019 5:46 pm

I just got back from Yosemite. Bridalveil is open, but no water. The camp host says it might be quite a while. He says that the fire last year "melted the water lines", whatever that means. In any case, no water there or at the bathrooms at Chinquapin (where Glacier Point Road splits from the main road.) There was water at Wawona and in the Valley. I never checked if there was water at Glacier Point, but I wouldn't be surprised either way.

LZ is dry, except for the usual wet spots/deep puddles. Grass is high, but not excessively so, except right near the breakdown area, where it is shorter than usual. Go figure. River is high, but not excessively so. My son had a blast in the river.

We left on Monday around 11. Bridalveil was barely half full. But the previous Thursday, it was full by 10 or so. Friday, even earlier. Sunday afternoon was nice: Only about 20% of the campsites (or less) were occupied.

There is a "snow play area" just outside the park off of 41. It is basically a large parking lot hidden in the trees. It is in the national forest, not the park, and I've never been rousted there. The Bridalveil Camp Host says that it is acceptable (for now) to stay there. Please, no fires. The Camp Host claims that the forest service is considering closing this parking lot because some people build fires there. So just don't. But it is available, and close, and outside the park.

Have fun! We did. (Oh, and the waterfalls are flowing quite freely as of last weekend!)
Fly High; Fly Far; Fly Safe -- George

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Re: Yosemite

Post by MikeI » Sat Aug 03, 2019 10:07 am

I'm still working out my plans. Hoping to go up Thursday afternoon (leaving around noon). Planning to camp if I can, but I haven't been to Yosemite yet, so I'm clueless on campsites. What are the odds of finding a spot if I arrive late thursday?

Anyone else heading up Thursday and want to carpool? I should have room for gliders as well.

Mike

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Re: Yosemite

Post by gregangsten » Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:54 am

Marshall, I can take your Falcon. I expect to be at Sylmar on Saturday if you want to give it to me then.

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Re: Yosemite

Post by gregangsten » Wed Aug 07, 2019 6:39 pm

stebbins wrote:
Thu Aug 01, 2019 5:46 pm

There is a "snow play area" just outside the park off of 41. It is basically a large parking lot hidden in the trees. It is in the national forest, not the park, and I've never been rousted there. The Bridalveil Camp Host says that it is acceptable (for now) to stay there. Please, no fires. The Camp Host claims that the forest service is considering closing this parking lot because some people build fires there. So just don't. But it is available, and close, and outside the park.)
George, I'm trying to see exactly where you are talking about. Ifyou are driving out of the park and down, is it the little road that circles off to the right (north, Summerdale campground, I think) or the one that turns off to the left, Mt. Raymond Rd? I was looking on Google Earth.

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Re: Yosemite

Post by gregangsten » Fri Aug 09, 2019 12:03 pm

Nevermind. It is the Mt. Raymond Rd. The snow area shows up on the maps.

Mike, I will try to get spots for you and Arthur for Thursday night, if I can.

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Re: Yosemite

Post by stebbins » Fri Aug 09, 2019 12:27 pm

Yep. That's right. I couldn't remember the name of the road when I posted, but seeing it reminded me. Mt. Raymond Rd.
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Re: Yosemite

Post by arthur » Fri Aug 09, 2019 4:05 pm

For all of you newbies coming. Since we are done flying by 9 or 10 it is a tradition to then spend the day slowly drifting down the Merced with a number of stops so that it isn't over too soon.
I would suggest buying a cheap Costco Intex raft. I have an extra "two person" one (if you really like each other) that seems to be holding air.
You could also rent a large raft from Curry Village (or whatever they are calling it now).
Or you could be like Greg and buy a floating yacht (or talk him into letting you crew his ship)

We did have an angry ranger one time that forced us to rent PFDs. If you have one bring it. Even though it is perfectly legal to float/swim without one, just not in a boat??

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Re: Yosemite

Post by arthur » Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:21 pm

Oh, and no wheels.
Bring a spare downtube (or two :oops: ) if you have them. You never know.

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Re: Yosemite

Post by gregangsten » Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:49 pm

River is low but floatable. No more boat rentals after Thursday though. Get a cheap one at Walmart or Big 5.

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Re: Yosemite

Post by gregangsten » Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:49 pm

River is low but floatable. No more boat rentals after Thursday though. Get a cheap one at Walmart or Big 5.

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