Yosemite lives up to its rep

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A couple of days ago, our RV friends Dar and Thom Hoch let us slide into the back seat of their toad vehicle and ride along on a full day’s exploration of Yosemite Valley.

This first adventure into Yosemite National Park was devoted to simply getting a small feel for all that is available to the visitor in this magical place.

We made numerous stops along the scenic drive to venture along well-maintained trails for closer looks at natural features like Bridalveil Fall, El Capitan, and Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls.

We ate a light lunch at the historic Ahwanhnee Lodge and jumped aboard the free bus shuttle that runs along much of the valley.

We hopped off the bus at the Valley Visitor Center to purchase a coveted hiking medallion and took time to view the inspiring visitor-orientation film, “Spirit of Yosemite.”

It was a full day and we’ll be back to explore more because we are staying for about a month just an hour’s drive south of Yosemite at the SKP Park Sierra near Coarsegold, Calif.

For more photographs and a different perspective on Yosemite, check of Thom and Dar’s “RV Sabbatical Journal.

Photo: Yosemite Valley is the backdrop to admirers (from left) Jimmy Smith, Julianne G Crane, and Dar and Thom Hoch. Picture taken by a kind-hearted traveler from San Diego. Bottom: Bridalveil Fall (Julianne G Crane)

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