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Yosemite National Park

 The beginning of our journey at Bass Pro, Manteca, CA

The beginning of our journey at Bass Pro, Manteca, CA

Seven cars started out on our Yosemite National Park adventure on Friday, 7/8/2016, at 2:00 pm, from Bass Pro in Manteca, CA.  Joining in the adventure were:  Rollo & Penny D., Steve & Joy R., Steve & Susan B., Scott A. & Regina, Vito & Sarah L., Walt & Jerri L, and their delightful grandson Devin.  Joining us at the park were Peggy & Allan F. 

We enjoyed a pleasant, though very warm, drive to Oakhurst, CA, just outside of Yosemite National Park with Rollo D. leading the way and Steve R. as sweep, we were all able to stay together the whole way.   

 Drive to Yosemite National Park

Drive to Yosemite National Park

We arrived at the Best Western in Oakhurst, CA around 6:30 pm and enjoyed a delicious Italian dinner together at Dicicco’s. 

Saturday we had a good breakfast at 6:30 am and left for Yosemite at 7:30 am so we could get there early to find parking.  We had another beautiful drive to Yosemite National Park, turning many heads all the way.  We got a lot of thumbs up and waves from various cyclists, motorcyclists and other drivers, especially convertibles. 

We drove down Highway 41 to the Valley Floor of Yosemite National Park and had a great view of the valley at the Tunnel where we all got some spectacular photos. Bridal Veil Falls was next and after a short hike we were again treated to a spectacular site and got more great photos. Next we drove to Yosemite Falls after another short hike joined other visitors who were snapping photos of the beautiful Falls.  We were excited to see lots of water in Yosemite this time of year.  For lunch some of us went to the cafeteria and others took a different route.  We enjoyed a tasty lunch then some of us rode the free shuttle bus to the Indian Village and toured the Ansel Adams Center, the Museum and visitor center and of course the various gift shops.  We stowed away our gift shop goodies and took the very scenic uphill drive to Glacier Point, a highlight of the trip. After getting our fill of spectacular views and taking many, many photos we headed down hill, a few stopped at the Pioneer History Center and ended the day at Big Trees restaurant in Wawona for dinner and lively conversation.    

Sunday we had breakfast again in Oakhurst.  Steve & Joy R. left us for home as well as Scott & Regina The rest of us went on to the Sugar Pine Railroad where we enjoyed a one hour narrated trip through the woods.  We experienced the train letting off steam at half point and watched as the tank was filled with water for the trip back to the station.  All in all we had a very enjoyable weekend. Many thanks to Rollo for putting together the itinerary and arranging the weekend events, we all had a fabulous time together as Miata enthusiasts and friends. 

Photo album for the Yosemite National Park drive >>