10/16/12 Tuesday at Grants Pass,OR (Henderson’s Line Up shop)
John and Trish at Twain Harte,CA
We left the house at 10 am and arrived at the park by noon. Roni drove, in her fun Volvo convertible. Boy, does that car hug the road! It’s a two door, so sweet, patient John was relegated to the back seat. Meanwhile, Roni and I shared many more stories of the Cowells as we know them. We stopped along the road (they have lots of places to pull your vehicle off) to take photos and simply absorb the beauty.
The Gold Country (Gold for the gold grasses as well as the metal found here). In the Spring, the grass is green, but turns gold in fall and winter.
Water, as it flows from the Sierra Nevadas (Hetch Hetchy) to California.
Mountains seen from the “Rim of the World”
Bridal Veil Falls, named because of the filmy veil of water caused by the wind
El Capitan, close up (heart I saw in it)
Merced (Mercy) River scene
John dropped his lens cap in the river (from a bridge), then realized it would float under the bridge to a rocky/sandy spot and ran there to get it. Victory!
Half Dome reflected in Merced River
Half Dome reflected in Mirror Lake – not really, since Mirror Lake is the dry sand in the foreground.
Close up of Half Dome
Roni in the Ahwahnee Hotel, built in 1927
Squirrel in Yosemite (white marking on neck). I saw pure gray squirrels with long fluffy tails too.
After such a big day, we finally got back (it took at least 2 hours to get back from Yosemite) at 7 pm, Roni wanted to treat us to dinner. We ate at La Jacinda, a wonderful Mexican restaurant in Twain Harte. Excellent spicy, tasty food – all of it. Even a Mexican cheese on the beans. At home we relaxed for a bit then hit the sack.