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Yosemite on 14th & 15th March 2009

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Yosemite on 14th & 15th March 2009

Hello, we were planning a 2-day stop-over in Yosemite next week or so, but have seen that it got about 20" snow last few days.

Comin from Australia, where we arn't too used to snow (not even used to rain lately) ww're not keen to drive on snowy roads with chains. Do you think it would be suitable for first-timers? We don't mind just driving into the park and parking the car at accomm. and doing some walking, and/or getting the shuttle about the place. I realise this is getting a bit urgent .. back thanks for any info anyway

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1. Re: Yosemite on 14th & 15th March 2009

Good morning Roknok,

Good questions. The storm we are having now is a warm storm, meaning that it isn't freezing cold coming to us from the south. The valley has been R0,no chains required (on your car, though in your car is required) You could enter the park via the 140 entrance, and just leave your car at your lodging, there aren't too many places to drive around to this time of year anyway. Take the bus up to Badger pass if you want to do a bit of snowplay, skiing, cross county....or stay in the valley and do some ice skating.

What is happening now with the weather doesn't mean this will be the same weather when you come. Give a call to the weather hotline at 209-372-0200, option 1 and 1 again.

Have a great trip!

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2. Re: Yosemite on 14th & 15th March 2009

Wow - thanks for your quick response

Because we rarely see snow in Australia - we arn't "snow bunnies" - therefore skiing, etc will be off the agenda :)

I assume there is plenty to do just walking about the park & taking the shuttles etc for 2 days - correct? I don't mean hiking - just strolling !!

Or, if not, could you suggest another area that could be suitable for us - we leave San Fran or Sacramento about Friday 13th/Sat 14th and don't need to be back in Santa Barbara until 20th - so we do have a week to fill in. FYI - we will have already driven up from San Diego to San Fran, so the coast sights will have been done

Really appreciate any input - Rhonda

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3. Re: Yosemite on 14th & 15th March 2009

Rhonda ~ DON'T miss Yosemite. Book lodging now, if you can. El Portal is a good choice if you can't get a place in the Valley or prefer to pay less money. If there is snow, you can take the YARTS bus in to the Valley (I think.) Once you are in the Valley, all is good! You can stroll the pathways. Take a short hike to a waterfall or through a meadow. Watch the deer. Eat lunch in the Ahwahnee or a picnic on a rock. Ride the free shuttle to another spot and wander around, gazing at the beauty!

If you take the shuttle up to Badger Pass, all you'll need is warm clothes. (We've had Aussie visitors, so we know that "warm coat" isn't an item of clothing most Aussies have!) For only $5, you can take a snowshoe hike with a Ranger. But the hike may be more than strolling speed, so just a walk around Badger & a cup of hot chocolate might be enough. But the bus will take you on the beautiful roads and you don't have to drive!

Here is the current Yosemite Guide: nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/upload/yg09-2.pdf

Have fun!

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4. Re: Yosemite on 14th & 15th March 2009

To reiterate the above,do consider still coming up. The park is beautiful, and the Valley is still very accessible. If you're up for some easy flat strolls, there's still plenty to see.

140 is your best option, as it's the lowest elevation road. Plus, you can always take YARTS (www.yarts.com) in if the road conditions aren't good.

It rained today in the valley...visibility was ok in the morning, and fairly dismal by around 3pm. Still, visitors who were willing to put on a raincoat still walked to Lower Yosemite Falls and Cook's Meadow without a problem. Next week if the weather forecast holds (and it's a bit far out to be predicting), the weather should be fairly decent.

Come ready to be flexible (by taking the bus if need be as opposed to car), and I think you'll have a great time.

Have fun whatever you decide.

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5. Re: Yosemite on 14th & 15th March 2009

You can't miss Yosemite! As others have said, utilize the CA 140 entrance due to road maintainance and elevation. If you are driving fronm LA, just stay on 99 a little longer past Fresno. The route fron SF would be as easy.

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