Monday, May 4, 2015

May 3rd - Ponderosa CG - Thousand Trails


What a day, week or what? Being without internet makes you loose time, energy and space. We arrived we setup and we visited many places in and around the area. One place being Yosemite national park. We did the tourist thing travel around and checked out the sites. We visited the area near El Capitan where we capture some great shots of the wall face.
Among others places we visited O'Shaughnessy Dam.

O'Shaughnessy Dam is a 430-foot (131 m) high concrete arch-gravity dam in Tuolumne County, California, in the United States. It impounds the Tuolumne River at the lower end of Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park, about 160 miles (260 km) east of San Francisco.[6] The dam and reservoir are the source for the Hetch Hetchy Aqueduct, which provides water for over 2 million people in San Francisco and other municipalities of the west Bay Area. The dam is named for engineer Michael O'Shaughnessy, who oversaw its construction.[7]

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Anyway, we spent some time checking out the dam and why the dam was created.

Additional Photos of the dam and surrounding area and drive.


During our time in Yosemite national park we visited many a place including, I am sure everyone has heard, of El Capitan. A granite face wall scourging high into the sky. Where many would-be climbers are waiting to be discover and famous.

Once done visiting Yosemite, off we went in search of the famous Carlon falls. This is an easy to moderate hike of 1.6 miles 1 way. Susan and I capture a few wonderful shots of the trail and falls.

The last place we/I hike, was to a  dam located near the camp ground. This was an easy hike hike of 1.4 miles. Half of which was waking from our rig to the entrance and then back the same way, but on the opposite side of the river.

May 3rd Leaving Day

We awoke early Sunday morning, with our expectation in leaving early. This way we would beat the traffic down CA Hwy 120, where there is 5 miles of switch-backs at a 6% decline. Once we started down, it was in 2nd gear, exhaust brake on and keeping the speed less then 25 MPH. All in all it was much easier then going up. Once I did it, and remember it made it all the easier. I manage to catch it all on our dash-cam.

Once down and on CA Hwy 49, it was off to Lotus, CA. Ponderosa Campground outside of Lotus, CA. This was a drive of 80 miles. However it was a slow go on the highway.

Along the way we came into a town known for Mark Twain's – Calaveras Country Frog Jumping. 

Mark Twain Cabin (No. 138 California Historical Landmark)


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At the top of Jackass Hill, west of Tuttletown, sits a replica of the cabin where Mark Twain spent the winter of 1864-1865. He was a guest of the Gillis brothers, local miners, who lived in the cabin. The original cabin burned and the fireplace and chimney were built in the replica here.

During his stay at Jackass Hill, Twain and his friend Steve Gillis visited a saloon in Angels Camp and heard a story about a jumping frog. Twain returned to the cabin and wrote about “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.” The book launched Twain’s publishing career. He and the jumping frog would later be recognized throughout the world. He also gathered material here for his book “Roughing it.” Twain would go on to write another 26 books, including “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” before he died in April 1910.
Folks, be aware of where you are traveling and the towns you are going thru. This is a neat little town. Down to the artwork on the street.

Ok, I think I have got everyone caught up as to what we have been doing, where we were and what we have seen. Ok, I may have left out a few items, and maybe I will get caught up about those places a little later.

Safe Travels & Journeys
from DaGirls         "Della                     &                Tilly"