View Full Version : Happy Father's Day!!
06-19-2011, 04:33 PM
We have a lot of great dads on the Forum. I always enjoy the feeling of pride and love that comes through in many of the stories and pictures you have shared with all of us about your kids over the years. Here is a toast to all of you dads! :cheers I wish you a wonderful Father's Day and great weekend!!
06-19-2011, 05:13 PM
06-19-2011, 07:02 PM
Thankks Mary Jo. It has been a very nice father's day.
See you in SLC
06-19-2011, 07:04 PM
Thanks Mary Jo. P and I have had a geat roadtrip. Ran the dragon in an F150 ecoboost! Next time the GT! Hope you are well. KO
06-19-2011, 08:12 PM
Thanks MJ - You're a sweetheart - :thumbsup
As both my children were busy with their own families - and thus had their own Father's Day activities, I made my own plans for the day. I knew that they had finally opened Tioga Road over the Sierras into Yosemite National Park last week, so I decided to take a drive over to the Valley Floor - it's about 105 miles from my house to Yosemite Village. We had a record snowfall in the Sierras this year, so I knew that the waterfalls in the Valley would be spectacular with so much snow still in the high country.
It was a beautiful, clear morning, so I left about 7 am in the GT and drove to the top of the pass, where the entrance station is located. Seeing some friendly familiar faces in the entrance shack (who gave me a little static - just like the guys on the forum), I entered the Park, meandering through the snowbanked sides of the highway. It seemed like a perfect day to do a mini photoshoot of the GT, so I stopped frequently to evaluate the shooting opportunities in my favorite background area.
I finally got down to the Valley about 11 am, and drove to Curry Village, stopping and parking the GT in the lot. I went to the cafeteria there, and had a croissant and a cup of coffee for breakfast on the sundeck, the temperature somewhere between 75 and 80° F. I called my kids from the sundeck, wishing them a "Happy Father's Day" and then drove down the road next to the Merced River which was closed to rafting, as it looked like the Kern River (for those who have heard stories about the dangerous Kern!). A lot of the valley looked like a swamp and the river was up to the edges of its banks. The falls (Yosemite, Bridalveil, Ribbon, Cascades, etc) were absolutely stunning - I've seen them full before, but never fuller than today).
I drove west along the Merced R. all the way to the entrance station at El Portal, then turned around, made my way back to Big Oak Road, rose out of the Valley and headed east on the Tioga Road. Once over the pass and down the eastern escarpment to US 395, and had a lunch at "Whoa Nellie's Deli", then headed south, arriving home about 3 pm. (Nothing like a "RED" GT for great contrast!!)
Wish you had been with me - :thumbsup
Here are some photos of my journey - - -
Picture 1 - A full Tuolumne River - by the campgrounds at the east end of Tuolumne Meadows
Picture 2 - Water cascading onto the highway
Picture 3 - Tenaya Lake, still frozen over most of it's surface
Picture 4 - A marmot, at Ohmsted Point
Picture 5 - A wet road, sometimes a little icy in the shade of the early morning
06-19-2011, 08:17 PM
More Pictures - - -
Picture 1 - South Fork of the Tuolumne River (I've never seen it so full - at the middle to end of summer, it is so small a trickle that it's hidden in the rocks)
Picture 2 - Merced River from Big Oak Road showing the flooding of the Valley; Bridalveil Fall in the background
Picture 3 - Ribbon Fall - I've never seen it so full
Picture 4 - Yosemite Falls, huge spray at the bottom of the Upper Falls
Picture 5 - Yosemite Falls, Upper and Lower
06-19-2011, 08:22 PM
More Pictures - - -
Picture 1 - Ford GT admirers at Curry Village parking
Picture 2 - Bridalveil Falls, with a full Merced River
Picture 3 - Just east of the Yosemite River on the Tioga Road, this place used to be tagged as the "Quaking Aspen Exhibit" but they no longer give it a road sign (this is true of a lot of places for those who have been going to the Park for a long time)
Picture 4 - Snowbanks along the highway
Picture 5 - "Clouds Rest," from the Tioga Road
06-19-2011, 08:25 PM
More Pictures - - -
Like I say, MJ - Wish you had been with me - you'd have loved it!! Thanks again :thumbsup
My 3000th post - Yippee!
Picture 1 - Tenaya Lake, looking east from Ohmsted Point
Picture 2 - Small lake at about 9,800 ft., near the top of Tioga Pass
Picture 3 - Dana Meadow Lookout - today, it's just a snowbank!
Picture 4 - Ellery Lake outflow - east side of Tioga Pass, flowing down to Mono Lake near Lee Vining
06-19-2011, 08:43 PM
MJ... Thanks :)
Ralphie, GREAT PICS :)
Happy Fathers day to everyone as well....
06-19-2011, 09:26 PM
Happy Father's Day everyone!
I was treated to a delicious home cooked dinner after seeing Kung Fu Panda 2!
My boys made the menu and helped with prep.
06-19-2011, 09:48 PM
Ralphie wonderful drive and photos, have a happy father's day.
06-20-2011, 12:28 AM
Thanks MJ!! Here's a picture of Charley and me right after his graduation earlier this month.
06-20-2011, 10:17 AM
Hey thanks MJ!
Ralphie, great summary and photos of your day...I guess you could say the GT is your son, or daughter?
06-20-2011, 10:58 AM
Great shots, Ralphie--but I must admit I get queasy when I see that "Icy" warning sign.
06-20-2011, 12:19 PM
Ralphie, Great pictures of your beautiful country outing on Fathers Day. MJ thanks for your very nice comments on Fathers Day. With no rain and over 100 here in Texas I wish I were there. Tomy
06-20-2011, 05:21 PM
Wonderful pictures Ralphie, thanks for sharing, you are the best photo reporter on this forum, especially for landscapes. Itīs always great admiring and reading your reportage.
06-21-2011, 06:00 AM
Talk about a scenic drive!! :eek Great photos!!! :thumbsup (I am surprised there is still that much snow at the end of June. Is that normal?)
06-21-2011, 06:12 AM
By mid morning I eventually persuaded my 13 year old daughter to mumble "Hap.. [sigh, grunt] (unintelligible) fathe...s (unintelligible) day". The pleasures of teenage girls. Soooooo communicative.
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