Thursday, December 3, 2009

Yes, we are still doing a blog


Yosemite Valley from Tunnel View

WOW, a month since our last posting!

To pickup where our last blog left off:

We stayed two more weeks at the Escapee Park in Pahrump. Kathy beaded everyday, I read and Raider got in his two walks a day. Although, the weather stayed nice the nights kept getting colder and colder. As planned we left Pahrump on November 18th and had a dull, uneventful two day drive to San Jose. We arrived in San Jose just in time for a wet rainy and windy day. After a weekend of laundry, groceries etc. We went to Kathy’s folks place in Mariposa California for Thanksgiving Week. Mariposa is about 40 miles west of Yosemite National Park (about an hour’s drive). There are very few RV Parks in the area and none open this time of year, so we left the trailer in San Jose.

Over the years we have been to Yosemite more times than we can remember and in every month of the year. November in Yosemite is probably the quietest time of the year. Too late for the summer crowds and too early for the winter skiers. We guessed that is had been about 5 years since Kathy and I had been to Yosemite Valley and even longer since her folks had been to Yosemite Valley. With that in mind we decided to take a day trip  to Yosemite.

As you can see from the pictures we had a beautiful fall day. It was a little cool to be sure but sun was shining and the there wasn’t any wind.


El Capitan


El Capitan up close

Yosemite’s famous waterfalls are reduced to a trickle by November:


Bridal veil Falls


Yosemite Falls


Top of Yosemite Falls


Half Dome


Basket Dome

Thanksgiving was pretty traditional too much food, dinner with Kathy’s folks and her youngest sister and her family.

We are now back in San Jose for Christmas with our youngest son and our yearly doctor and dentist visits.


  1. Good to hear from you two! Was wondering where you were. So nice that you can spend the holidays with family. And as usual, phots are lovely!

  2. YAY,a post from Grant and Kath!!!
    We've never been to Yosemite, but it's on "the list" many places to visit, so little time...
    But thanks to you, I get to see the sights.
    Big hug to Raider!

  3. Fantastic pics.
    I couldn't get the last pic to come thru.

  4. Kathy and Grant,
    That is absolutely the bluest sky I have ever seen. Again National Geographic quality pictures...let me know when to send in my deposit towards your photo book. Hugs HiC

  5. Boy what beautiful pictures!!!
    Glad to see you had blogged.
    Nice to be with family on the holidays!! Mine is so far away and not enough $ to travel. Times are hard for us and for ours right now!!
    Give Raider a big hug from me, Fern

  6. Thank you for sharing these great picts! Glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    AND glad you're back posting :)

  7. Excellent photos! Those mountains are immense and make me feel so small just looking at the pictures! I can't imagine what they must look like in person! Enjoy your time at home and your holidays!


  8. Beautiful photos. Can't wait to get there!

  9. Hi Kathy and Grant,
    Isn't it wonderful to be able to see all of our beautiful country!!!
    You are so lucky!!!! I have only seen most of it in pictures but I do not have to see it all to respect it so very much.
    I wish you a very Merry Christmas and Raider too!!!!

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  11. Hi Kathy,
    I hope you are not mad at me. You have not come to see me since the email. I did not mean anything to upset you, really!! I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!
    Hugs, Fern

  12. Hi there! Nice to visit your site. Wonderful photos of Yosemite. We were there in June...very crowded. Love that you have Raider along on your travels, looks like a perfect traveler.
    Best wishes for the holidays.

    Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
    Sierra Rose

  13. Hi Kathy,
    Thanks for the kind words about my Crazy Patch Quilt!! That quilt is so far from srtaight it isn't funny!! Well come to think of it, it is funny!! I have sewed almost all my life! But quilting is a lot harded and it takes up almost of of my little house. Straight is not my strong suit. Big hugs to Raider, Bambi and Fern

  14. Thank-you so very much for my birthday ecard!! It was so cute, really!!!! I loved it. It is the first card I ever got on the computer!!!!! Very special!!! Thank-you!!
    Big Hugs, Fern