Tioga Pass Open a Few Days More

| November 23, 2005
Tioga Pass Open a Few Days More

If you want to do something memorable this Thanksgiving try heading up to Tuolumne Meadows. Yup, Tioga Pass is still open and you can still get through. Better hurry though. Come Friday there’s snow expected down to 8,000 feet with rain at lower elevations. I think that’ll pretty much be it for the Tioga Road […]

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Yes, It Will Cost More to Spend the Night in Yosemite Next Year

| November 23, 2005
Yes, It Will Cost More to Spend the Night in Yosemite Next Year

NPS: Yosemite National Park announced today that camping fees will increase beginning January 1, 2006. Campgrounds affected by the rate increase are Upper Pines, Lower Pines, and North Pines in Yosemite Valley, Hodgdon Meadows and Crane Flat, Tuolumne Meadows, and Wawona. Rates in these campgrounds will increase from $18/ night to $20/ night. Additionally, first-come, […]

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Sierra Glaciers Disappearing at Alarming Rate, Scientists Report

| November 21, 2005
Sierra Glaciers Disappearing at Alarming Rate, Scientists Report

A great story aired on KXTV 10, the local news station out of Sacramento that serves the Yosemite region, on the shrinking glaciers of the Sierra and Yosemite. I wasn’t able to get the online video to work but the story is great. Be sure you check out the Reporters Notebook after you read the […]

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Upper Pines Sold Out for Thanksgiving

| November 17, 2005
Upper Pines Sold Out for Thanksgiving

The NPS is reporting that Upper Pines campground is sold out Thursday and Friday of Thanksgiving weekend and almost sold out for Saturday. Looks like it’s going to be a busy Thanksgiving. Visitors are being asked to try Wawona, Hodgdon Meadow, or Camp 4. Technorati Tags: camping, national parks, yosemite

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Happy Birthday Edie!

| November 17, 2005
Happy Birthday Edie!

Hey everybody! Today is Edie’s birthday! Happy birthday Edie!

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Tioga Pass Cam Goes Active

| November 14, 2005
Tioga Pass Cam Goes Active

Have you seen the Tioga Pass cam? The cam was put in place by UCSD as part of the California Applications Program, a study to help better forecast weather and improve the accuracy of weather forecasts. The camera captures 4 times a day. Pretty cool. Technorati Tags: California, news, webcam, yosemite

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Half Dome Crazy

| November 13, 2005
Half Dome Crazy

Amy Balfour wrote this awesome article which appeared in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel about her experience hiking the backside of Half Dome. You have to read it. It’s fantastically witty, humorous, and engaging. Here’s a clip to get you warmed up. Sun-Sentinel : “I approach the cables on this warm July 4th weekend, scrutinizing my […]

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Reader Questions: What’s it like in December?

| November 12, 2005
Reader Questions: What's it like in December?

Peter sent me an email and asked: “I was thinking about coming to Yosemite in December – I gotta make 2 pilgimages a year – and this year I’ve been lacking. Anyhow, what’s it like in December? Is there gonna be snow? Are there a lot of bears? Will I spend all my time in […]

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Giant Sequoias Make a Lasting Impression

| November 5, 2005
Giant Sequoias Make a Lasting Impression

Columbia Daily Tribune: “The largest remaining stand of sequoias in the world is found in Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park in California, which I visited in September. It is so impressive that people have felt a strong urge to note the individuality of the giant trees by giving them names. At one time, most […]

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Eyesore substation removed from Yosemite Valley

| November 2, 2005
Eyesore substation removed from Yosemite Valley

One of the things I’ve always thought was totally out of place and destroyed the beauty of Yosemite has been removed. The big green electrical substation at the end of Camp 4 has been an eyesore since the 1990’s when it was taken out of operation but that’s no more. The substation was removed by […]

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