Tuesday, May 17, 2016

I Wanted To fish Where Oprah Fished, Yosemite Part 2

OK, I know this is a fishing blog and I will get  to the fishing, but you'll just have to wait until then.

Once we got into the park, it was clear sailing down to Yosemite Valley. We passed a couple places for photo's and I was actually able to find a place to park and took the following two shots.

Both are the Merced River, but no fishing here.

Apparently dry in the Summer.

No fishing here either.
There was just no way I was going to stand in that river. I have enough trouble standing on flat ground.

Sorry about the focus in the next picture, amateur camera operator

 Same waterfall with professional photographer.

Granite outcropping. Kind of hard to get good pictures when you're holding up traffic. I think there is a waterfall in there too. Hard to tell.

 Same outcropping from a distance.

 Another waterfall. There are many this year.

The Merced River again. No fishing here.

One of the many beautiful valley's surrounded by granite mountains. We were able to get a parking spot to take this one and the one below.

There wasn't a clear shot of the outcropping below, but notice the dead trees.

The devastation of the forest by wildfires over the last three years or so is a real eye opener both inside the park and outside the park.

As I mentioned above, once inside the park it was clear sailing all the way down (if I remember correctly about 20 miles) to the valley until you hit the one way street. Then the driving door slammed shut and we were once again bumper to bumper with no way to turn around.

THEN, it went from two lanes to one lane for cars and one lane for buses only with some Park Ranger standing in the middle of the road (won't that slow down traffic) yelling at all the cars to stay in the left lane as if we couldn't read the sign. But there are always those that apparently can't read. Fine for driving in the bus lane - $175.00.

Finally after 15 hours of driving in the valley, OK maybe only one, but it seemed like 15, we got to a point where we could turn around and head back. No sense in fighting that traffic any longer. Found out later that Saturday is the worst day to visit the park. No Duh!

Come back tomorrow for "I Wanted To fish Where Oprah Fished, Yosemite Part 3" and I promise fishing.

See you then. 

Yes, I'm going to drag this out as long as I can.


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  2. What? Thought you'd know better than to head to Yosemite on a Saturday! No wonder...

    That's some high water. I was there a few years ago with my grandson and took a photo of a sign showing the height of the water during the '97 winter floods (http://bit.ly/24XpONO). It'd be devastating, but that volume of water would surely dent our drought.

    I was hoping you might have tried fishing the Merced in the Valley - though I understand it's tough - but now I'm hoping you have a report on any section of the river.

    1. The last time I was in Yosemite was about 35 years ago. A lot less people back then. But yes, I should have known better just didn't think.

  3. Take as long as you like buddy, I'm really enjoying the scenery! The Merced is really pretty looking water. Too bad you couldn't fish it.

  4. Never been to Yosemite, so happy that I checked back in to see what you were up too. Thanks for the pictorial... Saturday or not, I would envy the opportunity.

  5. Mark
    The burned area in Yosemite reminds me of the all burned areas in Yellowstone, very disappointing---Jason has been to Yosemite once and said the crowds were tremendous.

  6. Wow....what beautiful scenery.
    Are you sure she fished there?

  7. Wow, those cliffs and waterfalls. I'm in awe. Can't imagine viewing that in person. Not even sure I'd mind the traffic if that was the views all around me.

  8. Wow, those cliffs and waterfalls. I'm in awe. Can't imagine viewing that in person. Not even sure I'd mind the traffic if that was the views all around me.