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Ch 2 Yosemite


Hey everyone,  here is the next installment of the Layton’s wacky adventure to Bass Lake.  You drive for half an hour through Yosemite and you get a glimpse of something cool up ahead as you enter the tunnel,  and then when the kids have passed out from holding their breath and you come out the other side,  there before you in all it’s breathtaking beauty is Yosemite Valley.  Somehow even the kids think it looks cool, and that’s saying something.

To the left is El Capitan,  one of the hardest climbs in the world measuring in at over 2000′ feet high it is among the largest cliffs out there.  It is incredible to think about people climbing it.  In the center in the back is the half dome,  another very respectable climb among climbers.  To the right is the sentinel and Bridal Veil Falls (eat your heart out provo canyon).


Josh is too cool to be seen near Bridal Veil Falls,  one of the worlds tallest waterfalls.  Isn’t she so beautiful?  Oh,  yeah and I guess the waterfall is pretty impressive too.


The scenery is good but people really go there for the fine cuisine.


Becky tries her luck at singing.


We are looking nearly straight up.  The camera lense had to be wiped after every picture as it was really wet on the observation area.


Joseph earned the title of small bladder boy on this trip using his super powers to stop time and progress for 5 minute blocks without warning.


Yosemite falls as seen from swinging bridge (which actually doesn’t swing and is pretty darn solid).


The mighty half dome.   (And a fine picture of it too if I may say so myself,  This was taken from an illegal stop in a bus stop turnout with my camera pointed backwards over my sore left shoulder, yeah the one the bus hit a week ago)


We had a lot of fun checking out the water fall and all the wonderful area around it.  It was nice realizing that since it was the off season all the people around were nothing compared to the zoo this place must be during the summer.


Yosemite is a very picturesque park.  It has been around for a long time and is just in a very grand setting.  I found myself wishing we could go do some hikes but that is for another trip I think.


The sentinel



Ok,  I think that Becky looks like the weird guy in Men at Work in this shot but you tell me what you think the caption should be.


Every vacation has a day when all the rushing stops,  everyone is sick of the car, and things just ease off a bit and the kids start having fun doing something completely unplanned and unforeseen.  The pebble beach at swinging bridge was that place.


Paul,  contemplating the grandeur of it all.


Becky, risking it all by dipping the sole of her shoe in the frigid water.


Here’s Josh’s girlfriends and their buddies.  Josh,  the social butterfly that he is got in good with these girls and got in a rock throwing/skipping match with the guys.  Adjusted for age he beat them soundly since he was only six.  He really did impress them with his throwing strength though.  As we left, in the parking lot Joseph teased Josh that he was kissing his girlfriends and of course, the lady’s, liking the idea gave Josh some serious cheekage.  I can see this kid having to set his brother’s dates up for him in around 10 years.  I hope he forgets all the teasing Joseph did.


Here is the foliage on the way home.  The poppies made it look like the hills were covered with cheese.  It was interesting going from spring to winter and back depending on how high you were at the time.


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Home for the week

I will be blogging the family vacation into 4 posts.  The first will focus on our activities around Bass Lake.  The second will pertain to our trip to Yosemite,  the third with our trip to San Francisco,  the fourth with the trip to Sequoia national park, and lastly our visit to the land of the infamous rodent in his natural habitat in Annaheim California.

Bass Lake is best know for it’s use as the backdrop for the film “The Great Outdoors”  which erroniously depicts it as wisconsin/minnesota type lake.  We did not select it for this though.  Bass Lake as luck would have it was a place within driving distance that had an opening during our spring break , had units that would sleep 6, and also looked like it was in a location where one could do more than contemplate their navels and watch Disney Channel all day long. Of course there was much watching of the Disney Channel,  but many exciting and interesting activities were had as well.


Cool scenery outside the Oakhurst Chapel

Saturday night was a late night but they were able to check us in at 11 pm thankfully.  I am still amazed we made it after a late start at 11 and having to stop for what would become an epic week of inopportune bathroom breaks for Joseph (He has marked his territory up and down the california highways this week).   It reminded me of the girl in the Apple Dumpling gang.  Anyway,  we did get a dinner at Jack in the Box out of it in LA.  The kids watched a whole bunch of movies we rented from redbox in the back seat.  Since they have infrared headphones,  D’Net and I could talk in peace with the occasional spontaneous giggle coming from the backseat.  As an aside I must say this is an excellent way to let the kids watch their excrutiatingly annoying movies (can we say, “Beverly Hills Chihuahua?” ) without having to inflict the punishment on ourselves.

Sunday morning we attended church at the Yosemite ward in Oakhurst.  The kids were strongly opposed to staying all three hours but didn’t want to leave by the time church was over.  It had a really cool primary.  There were a lot more older people there than I would have expected.  A few people gave us pointers on seeing Yosemite and we took a few pictures in the front where the boys had discovered some rocks and a gnarly old oak.


Kids checking out Bass Lake

In the afternoon we walked down by the lake and the kids had a ball throwing rocks in it and exploring.  We discovered at this point that it was definitely the off season as the lake was low,  most of the many many docks were lying out of the water,  most of the picnic areas were closed,  as well as all of the campgrounds.   Judging by the amount of private docks and houses around the lake this must be a really happening place in the summer.  We found it quite pleasant though.  The kids didn’t really care that it was the off-season,  and I kind of liked it too since it meant a lot of cycling in the mornings on very light trafficked roads.


Jedi arena, or national forest amphitheatre,  you decide.


Joseph eventually figured out the fireplace was a gas one and you couldn’t open the glass to put wood in it.


On Monday when D’Net went shopping, I taught the kids to play Tennis.


Josh even has a good John McEnroe attitude when he gets frustrated


Dad rescues Becky

On Monday afternoon I took the family down to a cool stream I found during the morning bike ride.  After a long time of playing and exploring a startled cry and sobbing could be heard.  Alas,  poor Becky had fallen in the stream face first and in her consternation to save herself climbed out on the wrong bank!  Dad was quickly summoned and with a quick request to get the car heater started (the water was cold and the air temperature was cool) he waded in to save our damsel in distress.  After this adventure the girls went back to the condo and Paul was requested to hike the energy out of the boys so they went to climb the Mono trail (I guess indians used to kiss up there or something,  …just kidding….,  Mono was the name of the tribe).  Of course they didn’t run out of energy,  so we lived with it.


The boys,  still not tired out from the hike.


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