Rain Today at 4,000′


Posted by Shawn & Annette in Family Fun, Tuolumne County, Twain Harte News on June 4, 2011

Yosemite FallsPosting the weather on a day like today isn’t high on my priority list but I know first-hand just how unpredictable the weather can be this time of year and just how hard it to plan what to wear at these higher elevations.

I say that as I sit here, staring at a pile of folded clothing, resting atop a plastic bin — full of SUMMER clothing. Around about three weeks ago or so, the weather was warming up so much that we had lugged our heavy hurricane fans out of winter storage and had discussed preparing the air conditioner — only to have the heavens open up and dump more snow on us.

I haven’t heard any reports from the higher elevation just yet as to whether it is raining or snowing — snow is expected at 7,500 feet.  Here at 4,000′ The sky is overcast and gray making the leaves on the trees appear to be an eerie shade of green. I can’t help but stare out the window today, even though the sun isn’t shining and it’s drizzling rain, it doesn’t feel all that bad out.

Mymotherlode reports: No Weekend Opening For Passes

Sonora, CA– Due to another wet weekend, two area mountain passes will remain closed. Saturday, a quarter to three quarters of an inch of rain is expected in the Sierra Nevada. Snow levels will remain above 7500 feet with several inches of accumulation expected on Sunday. Highway 120 Tioga Pass remains closed. [read more…]

Locally, the weather remains the main topic for casual conversations, coming in second is pollen. The pollen isn’t as bad as it was about 3-years ago, if I remember correctly. The frequent rain and snow showers have helped keep the pollen count down tremendously.

I expect it to continue to rain intermittantly throughout the day. The temperature is currently at 46 degrees with little change expected overnight.

If you haven’t been to Yosemite for your yearly pilgrimage (and you enjoy the off peak season), this really is a nice time to go — grab a pair of sturdy (waterproof) hiking boots and get out in the fresh air. The falls are spectacular just now due to the heavy snowfall we’ve had this year. They keep the roads up that way pretty clear. It will be a little messy, especially around Camp Curry but if you take it slow and watch for icy patches, it’s a nice trip. (Remember to carry chains.)

The flower display along highway 140 can be quite spectacular this time of year.

And as if those weren’t good enough reasons to make the drive, consider this: Yesterday the National Park Service announced…

Yosemite National Park Unveils New Exhibit to Feature Early Visitor Photographs, Prints, and Artifacts

A new exhibit entitled “Views & Visitors: The Yosemite Experience in the Early 20th Century,” will open to the public on Wednesday, June 8, 2011.  The exhibit will be in the Yosemite Valley Museum (adjacent to the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center) and will feature photographs, prints, artifacts and ephemera from Yosemite’s early years.

An Opening Reception will be held at the Yosemite Valley Museum on Tuesday, June 7, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. There is no cost to attend and food and drink will be served.

What a terrific opportunity to learn more about the history and local culture of Yosemite and those who settled this area.

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Yosemite Lawsuit Settles


Posted by Annie in Outdoors on January 31, 2010

There are major changes taking place at Yosemite National Park and I hope someone is paying attention.

I saw a post come through yesterday from the Calaveras County-based The Pine Tree website with an announcement regarding a formal settlement agreement having been reached on the Merced Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP).

In addition, would be weekend and holiday Half Dome climbers at Yosemite will be required to obtain a permit to climb the cables for the first time. Safety issues were cited at the reasoning behind the change.

I attempted to read through the Litigation Update documents, but it’s going to take a great deal of time to read through them all to make heads or tails of the verbose dispute, which spans a decade.

If anyone has a working knowledge of the case, I’d love to read the Cliff Notes on it.


Chick-fil-A Campaign


Posted by Annie in Field Trip Idea on February 15, 2009

If you have ever eaten at Chick-fil-A, you will crave it forever. The members of our family are huge Chick-fil-A fans and since the closest Chick-fil-A to Twain Harte is in Elk Grove, I’ve decided to start a campaign to beg the company to open a franchise in Sonora, Modesto or Merced.

I’ve written to the company asking them to consider my request and I’m asking you to do the same. If you never tried Chick-fil-A, do make a point to visit a restaurant near you; Chicken lovers will be delighted with their products. If you would like to see a Chick-fil-A closer to home, visit Chick-fil-A online and tell them so.

Come to think of it if they opened up a restaurant at Yosemite National Park, we would have twice the incentive to visit there more often. Perhaps, we should ask?

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