It seems I was MIA on Friday. I guess I forgot to tell you that I was going on a mini-vacation. I went to one of the most WONDERFUL places in CALIFORNIA
|view of Half Dome|
Located east of the San Francisco bay area and in the Sierras, Yosemite is a magical place of soaring vistas and close-at-hand nature. We got there early and parked in one of the many day lots inside the park. Then we grabbed a hybrid bus (they have a great bus system at the park) and rode first to the village and then to some hiking spots. It was magical everywhere we turned.
We spent the day there hiking and enjoying a picnic by one of the many spots near the river. Then we left and settled into our tent cabin. That was cool since the last time I went camping I slept in a tent on the ground. This time it was in a tent cabin that was raised off the ground and had cots and electricity.
Camping IN STYLE.
RE Pets in Yosemite: Here is info from the park website.
If you choose to bring your pet to Yosemite, please abide by these regulations:
Pets are allowed
in developed areas on fully paved trails and roads except trails signed as not allowing pets (pets are not allowed off the floor of Yosemite Valley, including the trail to Vernal Fall) in campgrounds (except walk-in campgrounds and in group campsites)
Pets must be restrained on a leash not more than six feet long or otherwise physically restrained
Leashed pets may not be left unattended
For the courtesy of other visitors, human companions are responsible for cleaning up and depositing pet feces in trash receptacles
Remember that pet food is also bear food: store pet food as if it were human food.
Pets are not allowed
on unpaved or poorly paved trails, or trails signed as not allowing pets (however, pets are allowed on the Wawona Meadow Loop) on unplowed roads covered in snow in Wilderness areas on shuttle buses in concessioner lodging areas
in all walk-in and group campgrounds/campsites in any group or horse camps.
These regulations protect both pets and wildlife from disease and each other. The National Park Service has prohibited pets on trails for many years. In particular, dogs chase wildlife, pollute water sources, and can become defensive and dangerous in unfamiliar surroundings. Pet owners have the burden to assure their pet does not damage the park values for others in those areas where pets are allowed.
DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite operates a dog kennel in Yosemite Valley from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Written proof of immunizations (rabies, distemper, parvo, and Bordetella) must be provided. Dogs must be at least 20 pounds (smaller dogs may be considered if you provide a small kennel). You can get more information about the kennel by calling 209/372-8348.