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Yo, ho, ho, Yosemite!

Or snow, snow, snow, Yosemite!

all seasons in one day
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And more to the point, no, no, no Yosemite! Our original plan was… Sunday – drive to Fish Camp on Highway 41. Monday – drive to Yosemite Village on the 41 and spend 2 nights there. However, Sunday went something like…drove north out of Oakhurst (where is rarely snows) in light rain on Highway 41. Get about 2 miles north before having to stop and put snow chains on (no refund on those then) as it’s getting slushy and the signs were out. Get informed by State Trooper that Fish Camp is accessible but visibility is like ‘when they go in to hyperspace in Star Wars’. We continued for about 2 miles on the 41 – with the snow getting heavier and the roads more treacherous – before concluding that it probably wasn’t wise to continue so we turned round, stopped lower down the hill to remove the snow chains (they worked out at $15 a mile) and then went and checked in to the Oakhurst Best Western. The trooper from earlier had also informed us that a big storm was expected overnight and Yosemite Park was closed at that time so, we might get to Fish Camp but we may not get any further and if we did make it we may not make it out for a couple of days. We thought we’d sit out the night and then assess the roads today. However, an 8.30am ‘road inspection’ this morning showed the 41 through Oakhurst had been cleared but there was no power in the hotel, no power in town, trees down throughout the grounds of the hotel and many of them blocking the driveway out. In other words, we couldn’t make a hot drink, couldn’t turn the heater on, couldn’t shower etc. etc. We were going nowhere quickly. So, plan B had to be enacted… Pack. Extend check out. Try to phone and cancel tonight’s pre-paid accommodation (failed) and hope the guys clearing the hotel driveway did so swiftly. Long story short(ish) we thought we’d head towards San Francisco a couple of days earlier than planned as soon as we could and make plans on route. We got out of the hotel grounds just after 1pm and had an uneventful journey south on the 41 out of Oakhurst (the only way we could go) at good speed and on to Corte Madera where we’re stopping for a couple of nights to do a bit of the area north of San Fran. Having seen the news tonight we made the right call. All roads in to Yosemite are closed tonight and may remain that way for a couple of days. And that’s not the end of the flexibility we’re going to have to show. Our plan post-San Fran was to drive Pacific Coast Highway 1 (the Big Sur) all the way down the coast to LA. However, unknown to us, was the fact a road slip had taken place some time back and part of the Big Sur road is closed south of Monterrey and there’s no nice simple route around. Joy. Still, we haven’t suffered an earthquake, tsunami or near nuclear meltdown. And we’re still not at work so we can’t complain!

Posted by neilthelr 23:12 Archived in USA Tagged driving

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