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Hey guys,
Time for the annual Yosmite ride. We had a lot of rain this winter/spring so I started out checking out the orchards. The cherries were very sweet and tasty. 20190609_130232_1561068070798.jpg 20190609_130253_1561068197108.jpg

It was very hot so I stopped at Don Pedro Lake to swim. Water was not as clean as I remember it years ago so I didn't stay long and headed up 120 to Yosmite. 20190609_174457_1561068442378.jpg The water falls were in full bloom with all the snow we have had this winter. 20190609_191020_1561068761429.jpg
Despite visiting many times before I hadn't been to Mirror lake. The park service doesn't dam it anymore so its not as large as it once was. Showing order in the world with stacked stones on the spot where the old parking lot was for the lodge at mirror lake years ago according to a couple I talked is a work of art. 20190610_130325_1561069749384.jpg Take mosquito repellant if you plan to hike past there...and a good book. 20190610_120126_1561072684910.jpg

After I few days I left to see another spot I hadn't been to... Glacier Point. Its always an amaing sight to see snow in the summer. Seeing half dome and the valley from above is an amazing sight. 20190611_120643_1561070432923.jpg The view from Sentintel Dome is breath taking. 20190611_163051_1561070531348.jpg

After saying good bye to the clouds I proceeded to the anient trees at Mariposa grove. Amazing how old the trees are. Next day after a good nights sleep at a hotel in Fresno which was 105+ the day before I headed up the mountains again to Kings Canyon.
On the way there I picked up a bag of oranges from an orchard which were very juicy even the ones that were baking in the heat on the ground. Next stop was a tour of Boyden cave where I met a group from "George-ah". According to the tour guide according to legond a guy lived in there for 9 years. Reminded if of stories of Osama bin Laden. Not as large as the one I visited a few years ago in Idaho. Take a flashlight if you visit as a few of us hit are head on the stalactites. 20190612_162930_1561071799890.jpg


Forest service was doing a controlled burn at the bottom of the the canyon next to the river which irritated my eyes to the point I had to stop on the side of the road a few times and take a break. Same thing happened on the way down to Yosemite and Fresno to the point I was thinking about wearing my swimming goggles.

After a couple nights camping in Kings Canyon, swimming at Hume lake, and missing the last game of the NBA finals cause there was no internet signal I procceded to Sequoia... Another staking stone monument. 20190610_130325 (1)_1561072551910.jpg

I tried to get a few road videos using my phone attached to the x-grip (RAM) but 1.)the rubber safety wouldn't fit my phone and 2.) when I stopped the whole phone came out because the rubber boots aren't glued on as many before have pointed out.

A couple days before the trip I was able to drill the remaining holes in the 1/2" plate using the slowest speed on my drill press. I didn't hear any bouncing or noise from the back end the entire trip. Also the RAM drink holder worked very well and despite the bumby roads and strong winds I still have my water bottle.

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First stop at Sequoia was Lodgepole. Grilled chicken sandwhich was really good. 20190614_140511_1561072985953.jpg (Yes... it came with a pickle ?/forums/images/smilies/icon_wink.gif.

The ranger recommended the hike to the falls. 20190614_100345_1561073502352.jpg 20190614_100332_1561073523719.jpg 20190614_102757_1561073594859.jpg 20190614_123117_1561073209513.jpg

A gravity fed gas pump I saw at the bottom of Kings Canyon. 20190612_152858_1561073402684.jpg

The $1 bungee cords worked very well except I did lose my sun screen somewhere. Also I highly recommend the heat lockers beanie. I wore it at night and it kept me confortable down to the low 50's of Yosemite, not so effective the night at Sequoia in the low 40's.

Things I would do differently next time is take a tent or at least a net to keep the mosquitos off of me, and get a bigger windshield to minimize the wind noise. I need to get a new rear tire as mine is showing the steel tread.

This trip I used Macks Foam earplugs and now my right ear is hurting... Its got better since I got back a few days ago, I think I got an ear infection... sometimes the ear plugs would drop on the pavement and I would dust them off and put them in. I also wore them throughout the night so I wouldn't be disturbed by the late night arrivals or people opening the bear contianers in the middle of the night.

Top case steel didn't bend!! 20190611_073341_1561077376962.jpg

Full album below.
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Nice. Seems to overall to have been a fun trip.



I use foam ear plugs and I reuse them more that two days I'll get a slight outer ear infection. I need to go back to rubber ones that I can wipe down in ahocol.
 

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Many years ago I took the same trip from the other direction- San Diego. I wasn't planning to go to Kings Canyon or Yosemite, just heading north on hwy 15 for fun. But I came to Tom's Place, a microscopic town which oddly enough was not named for me, but was fun anyway. And then nearby Kings Canyon which I knew nothing about- nice. And then, what the heck why not see Yosemite?


I had an old Honda 750 then and discovered that at high altitude power dropped off drastically. Top speed for a while was 40mph. Yosemite was jolly good fun but I was getting tired and came home.


Altogether 1,000 miles in about 20 hours for a totally unplanned ride. Yes, I was tired but happy.
 

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I grew up down that way, Kings Canyon was a favorite family trip. Good job on the photos, looks beautiful, brought back memories, thanks.
 

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Wow, awesome pics.
That would be a trip I would like to take. I have been through the area many times years ago but back in the day was trying to make a living and had no time for sightseeing.
You captured it well SilverArrow

Thanks for sharing with us.
 
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