Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Final segment of California August 2013

After we got back from Yosemite on Saturday evening, we just sort of relaxed and hung out.  Went to Church Sunday morning with Justin and Stacy.  The Pastor even remembered us from only being there two other times and they were quite far apart.  Had a wonderful Sunday dinner and then relaxed for the rest of the day, inside and outside.  We got up Monday morning and were on the road early to head toward the mountains again, but this time toward Lake Tahoe.  You will see from my pictures some of the scenery along the way.  We traveled on Interstate 80 which goes from coast to coast. I have traveled the majority of this highway I think I have only missed the stretch that goes from Toledo, Ohio through Indiana, Illinois, and in to Davenport, Iowa.  Someday I may get that section too.  We went through the Donner Pass area and got off near Truckee, CA and first went to Squaw Valley.  This was sight of the 1960 Olympics.  I hope you enjoy the pictures from there.  I thought for sure I was having the "big one" there, but came to realize it was just the effects of the high altitude and the thinner air.  After spending time there, we drove along the Truckee River on the 10th Mountain Division Highway, which is route 89 in California to Tahoe City.  We spent some time at Commons Beach. I didn't take my shoes off and wade in, the water was much cooler there and I didn't want any cramps in my feet. After spending some time there we drove south along the lake and Justin and Stacy showed us the ski are that they normally go to when they go to Tahoe.  We then had supper at a little place called Spoon.  The food was very good and the portion of baked ziti that I got was very large.  After a long day, we headed back to I80 and they took us to Sacramento to our motel where we were spending a very short night.  Our flight was leaving at 6:06 am so we had to be to the airport by 5 am so we got the 4:30 shuttle to the airport.  We arrived back in Rochester, NY about 9:30pm and drove home getting in around 2:30 am Wednesday morning.  Fortunately, I didn't have to work on Wednesday, but there was a certain little man that came in about 9:30 am and told me that Nanny told him to get me up. (she didn't but it was ok)  Here is the link to the last set of pictures of our trip, hope you enjoyed them!

Lake Tahoe and Squaw Valley

Monday, September 2, 2013

Another segment of our Yosemite trip

These pictures were taken on our second day at Yosemite National Park.  We traveled some long twisty roads to get here.  Route 49 from Angel Camp to Mariposa was a narrow twisty road that made me so nervous.  At one point I asked Justin if he thought the level part above us was an old railroad bed and then I hit the hairpin turn and found out that that was the road above us and not an old railroad.  There are no guard rails along this road either.  I wish I had gotten a picture of some of it.
Here is the link to the pictures of the giant Sequoia trees in the Mariposa Grove at Yosemite National Park.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Yosemite National Park, August 2013

The last week of August we flew out to California to visit with Justin and Stacy for a couple of days.  They had just moved into their apartment the week before, and Justin had just come home from a deployment, so, we wanted to see them before school started so we left New York on Wednesday and arrived in California Wednesday night. Had one delay because of bad weather in Denver, CO.  Thursday was just a lazy day, didn't do a whole lot of anything.  Friday we left and drove south to go to Yosemite National Park.  We had to go further out of our way because of a quickly growing forest fire that has now turned into the an historic fire.  We spent the day Friday in Yosemite Valley seeing the sights.  We drove many hours and miles Friday night to the town of Angel Camp to stay in a motel so we didn't have too far to drive Saturday to the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite to see the giant Sequoia trees.  Here is the first of several links to pictures that I took at Yosemite.