While visiting my brother Wayne & wife Jackie in the historical California Gold Rush country, we took advantage of the many photo opportunities to record our tours of the area and of our one day in Yosemite National Park.
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1 After exiting CA 99 to drive east the views through the windshield were a welcome change. First flat, followed by mountains and sharp curves. Images 1 through 7.
Photos 1, 2, & 3 by Lea
8 Images 8 through 23 were taken in the Stanislaus State Park (there is also a Stanislaus National Park).
9 Images 9 through 15 are views of the Stanislaus River.
16 The Sequoia redwoods never cease to amaze, huge and tall.
20 This photo of Lea provides some perspective of tree size.
22 This Sequoia stump is used for dances and parties.
23 This old log is more testimony as to size.
24 Parrots Ferry Rd. bridge over the Stanislaus near Columbia, CA
25 More Stanislaus.
26 Images 26 through 47 of main street through Columbia, very original gold rush era town.
35 We enjoyed enormous single dip ice cream in this well maintained store along the main drag of Columbia.
46 Several of these trees bearing bean like growth in Columbia, did not find anybody to tell me what they are.
47 Crossing the Stanislaus again on return trip to Arnold.
48 On our way to the Yosemite north entrance we passed through a neat little town, Groveland, CA. Two images.
50 Every driver's nightmare, a long wait for escorted one way traffic through construction area.
51 First look at Yosemite Valley right after entering North entrance.
52 Next images are first, long distance viewsof Half Dome, one of the famous landmarks of Yosemite.
56 Note spot in red circle at left center. This is the rock climber in next two photos with zoom lens.
57 Spotted this rock climber going up face of huge rock formation. Next photo is cropped to view climber close up.
59 Bridalveil Falls still has fair amount of water flowing in mid September.
60 From this vista point one can see El Capitan, large meadow, and views of Yosemite Falls, though very litte water this time of year.
67 Half Dome is probably the most famous landmark of the park, at least it is in my opinion.
69 This is 24x12 wide angle crop of last photo. Use vertical and horizontal scroll bars to view.
74 The last 4 images are from a favorite view point on road to South entrance. Another spectacular view is from Glacier Point which we did not have time to visit this day.
77 Another wide angle crop, 30x15. Use scroll bars to get better view of El Capitan and Half Dome.
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Thanks for sharing these great photos. Brings back memories...when in college I went up weekends to work for Yosemite Park & Curry Co. at Glacier Point, Badger Pass and in the Valley too. Even got to build, light and push the now discontinued firefall from Glacier Point--back when the old GP Hotel still existed. Truly God's country! P.S. Did you notice the disconcerting dip in the middle of the Parrott's Ferry bridge? - John Backer, Wed, 12 Oct 2011 1:54PM
#46 might be a catalpa tree - any of severl N. Amn. trees of the genus Catalpa having large leaves, whitish flowers and long, slender pods - looks like one of our grade school collections we did with Gretchen once!!! As usual, the album is great - we explored Gold Country during our 5 yrs in Sacramento. Also loved Yosemite but haven't been there in ages. nice to see you and your family on these photos we recognized everyone. MJ - Dale Wahl, Wed, 28 Sep 2011 9:38AM
Excellent pic's by the general and her driver, BB! - Tim , Tue, 27 Sep 2011 6:36AM
This is truly God's country! Photos are spectacular as usual, but the good col has some competition from the gen. Good job Lea! Thanks, for sharing........... - Dory Catalani, Mon, 26 Sep 2011 9:29AM
What good memories this brought back. Wonderful photos. We drove the 49 trail in the early 90's & Columbia was one of our stops. What a neat little town. And made Yosemite 2 times. Went to see the Sequoias w/Tom-Tom & Shirl-Girl. Beautiful places to visit. Thanks for the memories. - Liz & Bob, Sat, 24 Sep 2011 7:25PM