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Old 11-28-2014, 12:35 PM   #1
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Autumn in Yosemite

After the Leavitt Lake Group meet in June this year, Ray (1der) asked me if I wanted to get together in the Fall season to make a run. Unfortunately my van was in the shop for a couple of months. So Ray and his wife Jennifer asked me to join them in Yosemite Valley during the Halloween week and asked if I could talk my buddy Don in joining us as he had been at the group meet also. The trip coincided with the autumn color change and was a beautiful trip.

















Picture quality wasn't the best... sorry.

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Old 11-28-2014, 03:17 PM   #2
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Looks fantastic - I'm definitely going to read the full report.

I was there the first week in November (just ducked over for a partial day on the Tioga Pass Road from 395) and it was still really nice (albeit the leaves were a bit more "mature").

The side trip into Yosemite was a bit spur of the moment, and I had a hard time figuring out how to handle food in the rig. There was a lot of advice for vehicles (cars) and tents, but not so much for RV's (everything from "remove everything to a bear box" to "for some reason they tend not to bother RV's"). Do you remove all your food and put it in the bear boxes? I figured that even if you do that the rig must still smell like a big larder to a bear, so maybe just keep the curtains drawn (so they don't see tempting things)? Or how do you handle that?

Because of that doubt, and because the valley campgrounds were all full (that took me by surprise), I ended up heading back over to 395 anyway; but I can see it's a place I'd like to return (and not that 395 can't be bear country too, but they make Yosemite sound like a regular smorgasbord).
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Old 11-28-2014, 03:46 PM   #3
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Re: Autumn in Yosemite

It's rare when a bear tears into an RV unless the owners are cooking something that's really to the bears liking. I keep things like beacon on the grill outside and cover the windows while away from camp. I've never heard of anybody taking all of their food out of their RV and put it in a bear box. But I wouldn't be surprised if there are some that do. The park service has to warn people... even those in RV's about proper food storage. Usually they don't mess with stuff unless they see it. I did see a bear walk in a trailer that had the door open. On the other hand a visible ice chest in the back of a car is just asking for a bear to pop out a window.
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Old 11-28-2014, 04:26 PM   #4
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Thanks for the tips. I realize it's never possible to predict for sure, but it sounds like you have a lot of Yosemite experience, so I appreciate your thoughts.

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I did see a bear walk in a trailer that had the door open.
Rv-er at sink with back to door, half-noticing someone coming in: "Hey honey, would you like a ..... gaaaaah!"

Will remember not to leave door open
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Old 11-28-2014, 08:51 PM   #5
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Ha, the folks were outside but they had a hell of a time getting the bear out of there. This was back in the 60's but the rangers still weren't happy. At least it didn't do too much damage. You'd probably be cited today
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Great pics Dave! I look forward to reading the full TR. Thanks

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Me too ! :-D
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So nice!
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