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Title: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: Steve N Dee on September 27, 2016, 07:14:41 PM
Steve & Dee and Jan & Olga are organizing a rally for our RV Forum Framily and friends to come explore the magnificence of Yosemite National Park.  Since it is nearly impossible to make reservations inside the park, especially for a group, we located an RV park about 20 miles from the north gate of the park.  There were not many parks to choose from to accommodate a group of our size.  Additionally, between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the park is extremely crowded.  We chose these dates because we will avoid some of the crowds and the waterfalls are generally gushing at this time of year.  Yosemiteís waterfalls are spectacular.  This the first time we are organizing a rally, so please be patient with us.  Here is the information:

Place: Yosemite Pines RV Resort  www.yosemitepinesrv.com
Address: 20450 Old Hwy 120, Groveland, CA 95321
Telephone: 209-962-7690
Email: Yosemite@yosemitepinesrv.com
Reservations to be made by phone.  Identify as a member of the RV Forum, booking in Section B for those dates.

Rate structure is complex as they charge different rates for Pull Thru versus Back In sites.  They also charge different rates for weekdays versus weekends.  They offer a 15% discount for a 7 day reservation or if you are an Escapees member.  Otherwise, they offer a 10% discount for AAA, Good Sam or Seniors.  A full week reservation in a Back-In site including the 15% discount is $ 286.45 and in a Pull Thru site it is $ 323.85 for the week.  If you do something different, your rate will be determined when you call.  Also, these are the rates in affect now.  Your rate is determined at the time your reservation is made.  If you choose to wait and they implement a rate increase over the winter, you will be charged the new rate in affect at the time you make your reservation.  Since their cancellation fee is only $ 10 up to one week prior to arrival, I would suggest booking early to get this yearís rate, although rate increases are generally nominal.

About the sites: All sites are 50 amp, full hook ups.  They offer free WiFi, although generally not suited for streaming.  There is weak cell service at the campground.  Verizon is best.  They have a booster at the office.  They do not guarantee satellite service because of the trees.  When I stayed there, I had no trouble getting satellite, but itís hit and miss.
About the reservation process:  They prefer the reservations be made by phone so you can identify yourself as part of the RV Forum.  They take the first nightís fee as a deposit at the time of making the reservation.  They do not want to make site specific reservations, just by section (we are in section B).  There are both back in and pull thru sites in section B.  They have a somewhat limited number of sites to accommodate rigs over 40í.  Therefore, they want the ability to move people around so they donít have 30 footers in a 45 foot site.  They will accommodate requests to be next to someone specific in our group if you make that request at the time of booking.  They will lock your reservations together.  The campground map is on their website, but here is a link to it https://yosemitepinesrv.com/pdfs/map_resort.pdf  The upper left-hand lavender colored sites on the map is section B.  There is a large red B on the map.  The lavender color indicates full hook up 50 amp sites.

About the area:  The campground is located about 1 mile off CA SR 120, on Old Hwy 120.  About 2 miles past the town of Groveland, turn right on Old Hwy 120.  The small town of Groveland has stores, shopping, restaurants, fuel stations, car wash, etc.  There is a shuttle service (for a fee) that runs from the campground to all areas of the park.  Therefore, those not wanting to bring a tow vehicle can still enjoy the park.  There are also cabins on premises if someone wanted to come without an RV. There is a very small store and a deli on the premises.  I have not tried either, but they are there.  They can accept mail for those of you who may want to have mail sent to you.

Getting there: CA SR 120 can only be accessed from the west heading east.  Trying to travel from east to west on Hwy 120 is not accessible to RVís.  I would suggest using an RV friendly navigation system, or ask the park for recommended directions.  There is a significant 5 mile grade just before the town of Groveland.  It is a new road that was made to be gentler and to accommodate trucks and RVís.  The old road, called ďOld Priest GradeĒ still exists.  Regular navigation systems tell you to take that road, but it is clearly marked that vehicles over 7,500 lbs are not allowed on that road.  Otherwise, all roads are good highways and the high roads to the upper areas should just be opening at the time we are there.  They generally open in early May.  If we have a late, significant winter, some roads to parts of the park could still be closed, but that never seems to happen in California anymore.

I will attempt to keep up with an attendees list.  Once you have made a reservation, please let me know by replying on this page.  Since we wonít have site numbers, we will post your name, RV Forum handle, and your hometown.  If you donít want this information displayed on the attendees list, please let me know.  We look forward to seeing you in Yosemite!
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: Betty Brewer on September 27, 2016, 09:37:53 PM
Yeahhhh Steve,

Brewers plan to attend.  Mark down Betty and Terry. We are registered and confirmed for the week.
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: Ken & Sheila on September 27, 2016, 10:16:40 PM
Steve & Dee,

We plan on attending. We'll call for reservations tomorrow and confirm here. We are confirmed.

Great idea for a rally. We haven't been to Yosemite since the 80's when we lived in Vermont.

btw, I checked the Caltrans map for 45 ft Bus/Motorhome and RT 120 is OK for rigs over 40 ft coming from the west.

ken & sheila
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: Steve N Dee on September 27, 2016, 10:32:20 PM

btw, I checked the Caltrans map for 45 ft Bus/Motorhome and RT 120 is OK for rigs over 40 ft.

ken & sheila

Ken:
   I was specifically referring to westbound CA SR 120 off of US 395.  The route known as Tioga Pass.  I did not think rigs over 40ft were advised?  I personally would still not recommend that route.  JM2C.  So glad you are coming.

Steve
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: Lou Schneider on September 28, 2016, 02:44:09 AM
I went over Tioga Pass a few weeks ago, west to east.  I also would not recommend taking a large rig over this route.  The grade from US 395 to the summit is about 8 miles long and is very steep and twisty.  Going down it in a 27 ft. motorhome I was in first gear and riding the brakes to keep the engine RPMs below redline, and actually had the transmission shift out of low gear once to protect the engine.  Not fun.

Going westbound it would be a very long, steep uphill climb.
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: Ken & Sheila on September 28, 2016, 06:34:20 AM
Ken:
   I was specifically referring to westbound CA SR 120 off of US 395.  The route known as Tioga Pass.  I did not think rigs over 40ft were advised?  I personally would still not recommend that route.  JM2C.  So glad you are coming.

Steve

I should have been clear and said RT 120 from the west towards Groveland is OK for Motorhomes over 40 ft. I only posted this because Caltrans restricts over 40 ft motorhomes from some routes. I aiways check the Caltrans map when I'm driving in California off the Interstates.

RT 120 coming from the east through the park is noted on Caltrans that you should check with the park. I agree that is not a route I would take.

I clarified the original post.

ken
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: UTTransplant on September 28, 2016, 03:35:38 PM
We have never been to Yosemite so this sounds like great fun. Kevin and Pam will be there. I just made the reservation.

Any good suggestions for interesting places to stop on the way from Salt Lake City? Been to St. George, Death Valley, and Joshua Tree. Not interested in Vegas. We could take the week either before or after the forum.
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: Ken & Sheila on September 28, 2016, 06:08:54 PM
We just arrived in Manila and the first thing I did was call and get our reservation, Amy suggested a pull thru due to the length of our "Tiny House".  See you in the spring.


Sheila 
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: Steve N Dee on September 30, 2016, 11:06:48 AM
Any good suggestions for interesting places to stop on the way from Salt Lake City? Been to St. George, Death Valley, and Joshua Tree. Not interested in Vegas. We could take the week either before or after the forum.

Kevin and Pam, glad you can make it.  Yosemite is a pretty spectacular place, especially for people who have never been there.  As for what to do on the way, Lake Tahoe is a beautiful area if you haven't been there.  Also, the small town of Truckee, California is a nice stop.  The Museum of the Donner Party is located there.  If that interests you, those are a couple of places you could visit on the way.

Look forward to seeing you in Yosemite.

Steve
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: Photog on September 30, 2016, 04:50:39 PM
I just made a reservation.  Corinne and I will see you next Spring.  This should be a great event!!
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: Jomo on October 01, 2016, 12:29:56 PM
We have a confirmed reservation as well.  Jim & Jo Moloci.  Looking forward to it!
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: Steve N Dee on October 01, 2016, 01:56:04 PM
Welcome Jim & Jo Moloci, glad to have you aboard.  Look forward to seeing you in Yosemite.

Steve
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: Steve N Dee on October 06, 2016, 07:12:46 PM
Here is our first list of attendees so far (in alphabetical order)

YOSEMITE ATTENDEE LIST


LAST NAME               FIRST             SPOUSE/PARTNER               RV FORUM HANDLE                    HOME

Brewer                      Terry                    Betty                                Betty Brewer                      Arizona/Idaho

Falchini                      Steve                   Dee                                  Steve N Dee                       California

Kuch                          Ken                     Sheila                               Ken & Sheila                  Arizona/South Dakota

Moloci                        Jim                       Jo                                    Jomo                                  Michigan

Roscoe                       Bill                       Corinne                            Photog                                California

Stalnaker                   Kevin                    Pam                                 UTTransplant                         Utah

Stiskala                      Jan                      Olga                                 Jan Stiskala                         Australia


Shaping up to be a great group.

Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: Jan Stiskala on October 17, 2016, 07:17:09 PM
Thank You Steve and Dee to take care of organising this event. Also thank you to mention my name as organiser, (that is nice of you since I am doing nothing.). I just mentioned Yosemite to you and here we go. I love this park and this will be my second visit.
Your giant trees are so exotic to us coming from Australia. Olga and I is looking forward to see you all my friends. Such a beautiful country you have. We love USA travels. And also your elections will be over then and you all will be friends again. Politics some times divide nation, and this time you all running hot.
I can't wait to taste great fresh peaches from farms under Yosemite.
See you all soon, Jan and Olga.
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: Jan Stiskala on January 02, 2017, 12:45:54 AM
Only 4 months to go.
I am really keen to visit all the great places in North California and Oregon after this rally finish. If anybody would like to join us after this Rally or met us here and there for good time please let us know.
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: Arch Hoagland on January 02, 2017, 02:09:59 AM
Gonna pencil this in on our trip calendar for next year which is still in the planning stage.

We're going to Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Nevada and Arizona but haven't picked a departure date nor a route yet.

This sounds like a fun get together even though I've been to Yosemite about 30 times.
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: jagnweiner on January 04, 2017, 08:36:51 AM
Two things are near the top of our RVing list:  Visiting Yosemite and attending an RV Forum rally.  Our youngest graduates HS right around that time this year, however, so we will have to put this one off.  Feel free to do it again in a year or two and count us in!  ;D
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: THEBigLarry on January 13, 2017, 08:18:22 AM
You have no idea how badly we want to attend this event.  However we will be doing medical stuff in Oklahoma City.
Lots of good friends on the attendees list.  We do hope to catch up to everyone sometime this summer.  Be sure and
post a lot of pics to really make us miss you guys. . . .  HA HA

Enjoy.

Loretta & Larry 'aka Team LoLa'
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: Jan Stiskala on January 14, 2017, 01:52:30 AM
I just don't know if this rally will be same with out Big Texan and Loretta.
My best wishes for you guys are to get good results and get your health under control.
Hope to catch up with you later in the season.
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: flexitdriver on January 16, 2017, 06:27:07 PM
We have made a reservation this morning, it is now only 100 sleeps until we leave Australia on our way to USA again! 8)
Looking forward to meeting old friends and new.
Our last visit to Yosemite in 2015 was shrouded in bush fire smoke, so hopefully we will actually be able to see it this time! ;D

Allen and Suzanne
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: Jan Stiskala on January 16, 2017, 07:40:27 PM
Great to hear that you made reservation Allen and Suzanne. Looking forward to see you mates.
Jan and Olga
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: Steve N Dee on January 16, 2017, 11:23:18 PM
Allen & Suzanne,
   Glad to have you on board.  We look forward to meeting you.  We were just in Australia in November and spent time with Jan & Olga.  Looking forward to making more Australian friends.  If you give me your last name I will add you to the attendees list.  If you don't want to post it here, you can send me a PM if you prefer.

Cheers,

Steve & Dee
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: zmotorsports on January 27, 2017, 07:47:26 AM
Chrystal and I were so looking forward to trying to fit this into our travel plans for 2017 but it looks like we won't be able to make it.

We will be neck deep into building our new shop and probably won't even be able to get the coach out and enjoy it until the latter half of the year.

We will be following along and hope to see a lot of pictures though so don't be stingy with them.  Yosemite NP is definitely on our list of places to visit and this would have been perfect to see it with a group of friends.


Mike.
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: Steve N Dee on January 31, 2017, 03:13:46 PM
Here is our latest attendee list adding Allen & Suzanne from Australia.  It's shaping up to be a great group.

YOSEMITE ATTENDEE LIST


LAST NAME               FIRST             SPOUSE/PARTNER               RV FORUM HANDLE                    HOME

Brewer                      Terry                    Betty                                Betty Brewer                      Arizona/Idaho

Falchini                      Steve                   Dee                                  Steve N Dee                       California

Flexitdriver                Allen                   Suzanne                              Flexitdriver                         Australia

Kuch                          Ken                     Sheila                               Ken & Sheila                  Arizona/South Dakota

Moloci                        Jim                       Jo                                    Jomo                                  Michigan

Roscoe                       Bill                       Corinne                            Photog                                California

Stalnaker                   Kevin                    Pam                                 UTTransplant                         Utah

Stiskala                      Jan                      Olga                                 Jan Stiskala                         Australia



As it has finally been a long needed wet winter in CA, the snowpack is excellent.  This translates into beautiful gushing waterfalls come May.  It should be the best in years.  I think we definitely picked the right year to go to Yosemite.  We look forward to sharing it with all of you.  See you in May.

Steve & Dee
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: Steve N Dee on January 31, 2017, 03:17:04 PM
Gonna pencil this in on our trip calendar for next year which is still in the planning stage.

We're going to Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Nevada and Arizona but haven't picked a departure date nor a route yet.

This sounds like a fun get together even though I've been to Yosemite about 30 times.

Arch,

If you decide to join us, let me know by posting here once you've made your reservation.  We would love to have you join us.

Steve & Dee
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: Steve N Dee on January 31, 2017, 03:23:51 PM
Chrystal and I were so looking forward to trying to fit this into our travel plans for 2017 but it looks like we won't be able to make it.

We will be neck deep into building our new shop and probably won't even be able to get the coach out and enjoy it until the latter half of the year.

We will be following along and hope to see a lot of pictures though so don't be stingy with them.  Yosemite NP is definitely on our list of places to visit and this would have been perfect to see it with a group of friends.


Mike.

Mike,
   It makes us sad that you will not be able to join us, although we better than anyone understand when life gets in the way.  We know how much you wanted to come to Yosemite and we were looking forward to sharing the experience with you.  Hopefully we will be able to meet you there at some future time.  Since we are close, we go pretty often.  Give our best to Chrystal and Jared.  Good luck with the new digs.  We'll encourage everyone posts a lot of pics.

Steve & Dee

Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: Jan Stiskala on February 01, 2017, 02:34:43 AM
So sad that Mike and Mrs Swarovski can't make it.

Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: zmotorsports on February 01, 2017, 11:35:15 AM
Thanks Steve/Jan.  We hated to have to miss this one but we will be there in spirit and follow along with the group's activities and pictures.

Mike.
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: gmsboss1 on February 09, 2017, 04:41:36 PM
Despite an earlier post indicating that we would not be able to make this rally, Mary Ann called today and made reservations for us from May 12 to May 19. Just couldn't stay away!

We need to leave on the 19th in order to be in West Yellowstone on May 21 so we can start work at the Grizzly RV park on the 22nd.

Look forward to seeing you all and joining in on the fun!

Don and Mary Ann
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: Tom and Margi on February 09, 2017, 04:50:33 PM
The west coast is still experiencing torrential rains and the snowpack is extremely heavy.  You all should experience the falls in Yosemite at their very, very most spectacular.  The Merced River will be roaring as well.
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: SeilerBird on February 09, 2017, 04:52:18 PM
The west coast is still experiencing torrential rains and the snowpack is extremely heavy.  You all should experience the falls in Yosemite at their very, very most spectacular.  The Merced River will be roaring as well.
Just don't go swimming in it. It will be cold and fast. :o
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: Jan Stiskala on February 09, 2017, 05:04:20 PM
looks like we are going for the treat Tom and Margi.

Don and Mary Ann I am looking for great time with you two as always. It is so nice to see old friends this year again. Yey.
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: Steve N Dee on February 12, 2017, 04:02:25 PM
Despite an earlier post indicating that we would not be able to make this rally, Mary Ann called today and made reservations for us from May 12 to May 19. Just couldn't stay away!

We need to leave on the 19th in order to be in West Yellowstone on May 21 so we can start work at the Grizzly RV park on the 22nd.

Look forward to seeing you all and joining in on the fun!

Don and Mary Ann

So glad you will be joining us, Don & Mary Ann.  I'll add your name to our list.  I was so disappointed we didn't see you at Grizzly last spring, but we can catch up in Yosemite.  Glad to have you on board.

Steve
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: Tom and Margi on February 12, 2017, 05:19:21 PM
Just don't go swimming in it. It will be cold and fast. :o

Seiler is absolutely right.  This is a very swift, cold, dangerous river in a normal spring.  Could be deadly this spring.
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: UTTransplant on February 12, 2017, 05:26:03 PM
We are planning on bringing our canoe, but not for the river! There are some nice reservoirs and lakes not too far away, or so friends tell me. We will just have to hope the water is warm enough to safely paddle in. We will probably spend another couple of weeks in the area before heading back to Utah, so we have time.
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: BoomerD on March 11, 2017, 11:43:08 PM
We kicked it around, but the timing just doesn't work for us. We have to be about 100 miles away from Yosemite the first of June when our oldest grandson graduates high school...but because of other things in life, we can't hang around for 2 weeks after the rally.
Sorry, folks...maybe another time.
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: Jan Stiskala on March 12, 2017, 05:35:51 PM
Not that long to go. Olga and me have flight from Sydney booked. We are looking forward to see our old and new friends from forum. I am packing full suitcase of wine from Australia, just to make sure that we have the right stuff for happy hours.
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: zmotorsports on March 13, 2017, 01:13:17 PM
Not that long to go. Olga and me have flight from Sydney booked. We are looking forward to see our old and new friends from forum. I am packing full suitcase of wine from Australia, just to make sure that we have the right stuff for happy hours.

Jan, Chrystal and I are going to miss seeing you and Olga this year.  We hope you have a safe trip and enjoy your travels this year.

Mike.
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: Jan Stiskala on March 13, 2017, 10:23:10 PM
Jan, Chrystal and I are going to miss seeing you and Olga this year.  We hope you have a safe trip and enjoy your travels this year.

Mike.

Maybe we can have some mini rally close to your place Mike.
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: zmotorsports on March 14, 2017, 08:06:29 AM
Maybe we can have some mini rally close to your place Mike.

Sounds like a plan Jan.  We hope to have our shop done by June and we get our coach back from paint sometime in June and we will be able to travel again so we will have to plan a mini-rally sometime after that.

Safe travels my friend.

Mike.
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: Steve N Dee on March 20, 2017, 09:48:19 PM
Here is the latest update on our attendees list.  We will miss those who cannot make it.


YOSEMITE ATTENDEE LIST


LAST NAME               FIRST             SPOUSE/PARTNER               RV FORUM HANDLE                    HOME

Brewer                      Terry                    Betty                                Betty Brewer                      Arizona/Idaho

Falchini                      Steve                   Dee                                  Steve N Dee                       California

Flexitdriver                Allen                   Suzanne                             Flexitdriver                         Australia

Kuch                          Ken                     Sheila                               Ken & Sheila                  Arizona/South Dakota

Moloci                        Jim                       Jo                                        Jomo                                Michigan

Nesbitt                      Don                     Mary Ann                          gmsboss1                       North Carolina

Roscoe                       Bill                       Corinne                             Photog                              California

Stalnaker                   Kevin                    Pam                                 UTTransplant                         Utah

Stiskala                      Jan                      Olga                                 Jan Stiskala                         Australia



Less than 2 months now and our CA winter has been incredible, which will translate into a spectacular experience in Yosemite!
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: Old_Crow on March 21, 2017, 06:34:07 AM
I have 2 sons who are working at Yosemite.  One for the NPS, one for the concessionaire.  I've been getting some beautiful snow and waterfall pictures on my Facebook feed this winter.  Ya'll have fun, I'll be at the Grand Canyon.
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: Steve N Dee on March 30, 2017, 11:17:53 PM
ATTENTION ALL ATTENDEES

I have become aware that there has been a road collapse on Big Oak Flat Road leading from our RV park into Yosemite Valley.  There is no estimate on when the road might be open, but it doesn't seem promising.  As a result, I have located an alternate RV park to move our rally to.  It is located near CA SR 41, which is the south entrance to the park.  It will be about a 30 minute drive to the south gate and then another 30 minutes into Yosemite Valley.  I have spoken to a client who lives near the park and she says it's a nice park.  They do have at least nine sites available with full hook ups at a weekly rate of approximately $ 40.00 per night.  I have not made any firm arrangements with them because I wanted to be sure we would all be willing to make the move.  The park is about 75 miles south of the previous park, so it's not a great distance different either way. If I can get a positive response from all or most of you, I will make arrangements with them and post the new contact info here.  Please reply a.s.a.p.

Thanks,

Steve
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: gmsboss1 on March 31, 2017, 08:06:19 AM
Thanks for all your efforts on this.  Go for it!
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: Photog on March 31, 2017, 09:44:45 AM
Steve - we are in.  Let us know which park.
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: Betty Brewer on March 31, 2017, 09:56:50 AM
We will follow you, no matter where you may go!  Brewer's are in!


Edit.... I just read RV Park Review for the suggested move and for our "Queen Mary"  the  branches and  tight turns don't look so good.

So no firm decision  yet from us .
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: UTTransplant on March 31, 2017, 11:11:01 AM
We are willing to move if we have to. Looking at AllStays, one park towards the south has poor reviews and the other has good reviews. Hope we get the good one!
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: flexitdriver on March 31, 2017, 11:05:21 PM
We are happy to go wherever. :) It's the friends that make a rally, not the RV park?
Only 27 more sleeps 'til we depart from Australia. ;D
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: UTTransplant on April 02, 2017, 12:55:08 PM
Steve and Dee: When will you know about moving or canceling? We have already made some fee reservations before the trip we can't get back completely, and we were going to make more for after. Things are filling up though, and we need to know timing. I know this whole thing isn't your fault, but maybe we should just move the rally to next year.
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: dblocker on April 02, 2017, 09:33:51 PM
Steve N Dee

Have been eavesdropping on your thread and I have a question.  We have planned to stay in a
Thousand Trails park in mid July about 15 miles west of where you were going to stay.  Can you tell me where I
might get more info on the road collapse you spoke of.  We are about two months later so it may be repaired.  By the way we will be at Grizzly in West Yellowstone May 26.  Will try to look you up.


Dee
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: Ken & Sheila on April 02, 2017, 10:06:07 PM
Steve N Dee

Have been eavesdropping on your thread and I have a question.  We have planned to stay in a
Thousand Trails park in mid July about 15 miles west of where you were going to stay.  Can you tell me where I
might get more info on the road collapse you spoke of.  We are about two months later so it may be repaired.  By the way we will be at Grizzly in West Yellowstone May 26.  Will try to look you up.


Dee

See HERE (https://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm)
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: Lou Schneider on April 02, 2017, 10:11:26 PM
More info Here (http://sierranewsonline.com/update-on-big-oak-flat-road-repair/)
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: Steve N Dee on April 03, 2017, 01:36:50 AM
Steve and Dee: When will you know about moving or canceling? We have already made some fee reservations before the trip we can't get back completely, and we were going to make more for after. Things are filling up though, and we need to know timing. I know this whole thing isn't your fault, but maybe we should just move the rally to next year.

I spoke to someone at Yosemite today whose response was "I can't imagine the road not being open by then".  But of course, that's just an opinion at this point.  Our current reservation can be cancelled up to 7 days before for only a $10 fee.  Even if we move the rally to another park, that park wouldn't be more than 75 miles from our current park.  Therefore, I wouldn't expect it should change any of your before or after plans.  I did find a park with sites available but it doesn't have great reviews.  I am actually sending someone to that new park to check it out and report to me with pictures.  To top it off, I am a tax accountant and the time of year is making it extremely difficult for me to deal with this. As a last resort, we can always stay at our current park and just make a long drive in to the park by a different entrance.  It's about a 2 hour detour.  Long, but not impossible.  Trying to keep all options open at this point.  Hope this helps with your planning.

Steve
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: Ken & Sheila on April 03, 2017, 10:27:48 AM
Steve, I looked at pictures of the slide. While they have to clear the road and fix damage to the road surface, its not the Rt 89 to Page in Arizona where the road base was destroyed and took a long time to first engineer and then construct. From what I've found they are currently working on adding drainage converts.
I don't think we will have a problem with staying at Yosemite Pines.

ken
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: UTTransplant on April 03, 2017, 01:12:59 PM
Thanks for the info. We won't make any changes now, but if the road isn't open by 7 days ahead, we will cancel. I don't quite understand whether the "2 hour detour" is one way or round trip, but it is more than we are willing to deal with. If we cancel, we won't be coming to California at all which is why this is a bigger deal for us than it is for you (1700 mile round trip). We might have to end up in Yellowstone instead (such a sacrifice!).

If anyone does Facebook, there is a group called "Yosemite Incident Feed" with pictures and news about the problem. It has frequent updates. You have to join the group to see everything, but it doesn't require moderator approval.
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: Steve N Dee on April 09, 2017, 01:42:33 PM
Here is the latest update.  I think our patience will pay off.  The Yosemite incident report has not given an estimated opening date yet for the road closure, however, they have said that 2 to 3 weeks seems likely.  That will suit us just fine as we have 5 weeks from today before our rally begins.  That's plenty of time with a lot of cushion for unexpected delays.  A big thank you to Ken and Betty for the updates during my busy time, I truly appreciate it! Looking forward to seeing all of you next month.  I am sure there are probably still sites available for anyone interested in climbing on board!


Steve
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: Ken & Sheila on April 09, 2017, 03:44:40 PM

 Sorry posted deleted as it was bad info.
ken
 But I read the blog and it sounds like good progress.

Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: jsetti on April 10, 2017, 09:29:32 AM
We are currently in Yosemite and will be here for the entire summer as we are volunteering with the Law Enforcement and Search and Rescue groups.

It looks like 120 will be open by the time your group arrives but ... no guarantee.  Also be aware there are a lot of construction projects going on right now that has caused detours throughout the park causing traffic delays.  They anticipate these projects might not be competed before Memorial Day.  So ... patience will be needed as getting around may be slow but definitely worth the wait.  Here's a link to the road work being done.  https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/roadwork.htm

We had more snow two days ago causing frazil ice (a sight to see!) in the streams below the waterfalls which are spectacular now and are only going to be better when you all arrive as all that snow melts.

Will keep track of your plans.  You're going to have a great time! 
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: UTTransplant on April 18, 2017, 09:11:26 PM
Latest status from NPS. No date yet, but progress is being made.

https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-continues-to-repair-big-oak-flat-road-418.htm
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: jsetti on April 19, 2017, 09:20:09 AM
We have had a lot of rain over the past couple of weeks which is inhibiting the progress.  Obviously they would like to open this road ASAP and are working as fast as they can.  Keep checking for updates.  If I hear anything specific about an opening date estimate I will post it here.
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: Jan Stiskala on April 23, 2017, 09:58:24 PM
I started packing our suitcases today. We are having autumn here in Australia and days are getting short. Can't wait to be in USA for summer again. We are flying to LA 8th of May. Hopefully we find some friendly Mexican in Corona to service our RV and after that we are on the road to Yosemite.
looks like Steve have some drama with the road colaps, but all is working out well after all.
Looking forward to see you soon.
Jan and Olga
 
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: chrpennings on April 23, 2017, 10:46:16 PM
Hello Jan & Olga,
We wishing you a pleasant safe flight. It's going to be a looong one
Chris
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: Jan Stiskala on April 23, 2017, 10:53:04 PM
Thanks Chris
We are using American Airline this year. Delta. Hope that they will not beat us on board. ;D
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: THEBigLarry on April 24, 2017, 02:30:16 PM
We just hope you find friendly TSA Agents this year.  No excuse for what happened last time.
Travel safe, we hope to see you while you're in the US.  Can't make Yosemite  :(

Team LoLa . . .
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: Jan Stiskala on April 24, 2017, 07:57:07 PM
Hi Larry and Loretta
Sad that you can't make it mate. I will call you from USA if they let us in(hehe)
Hopefuly officers in LA emigration will not put us to detention this year.
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: Ken & Sheila on April 25, 2017, 01:16:06 PM
The Park announced this morning that Big Oak Flat Road into the park will open May 1st. This is the extension of RT 120 that has been closed.
I'm ready for the Rally.

ken
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: jackiemac on April 25, 2017, 01:22:08 PM
We may be in the area around that time, still planning our route. If we are I will be in touch as I'd love to meet other forum members. ;D
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: UTTransplant on April 25, 2017, 01:55:32 PM
The official announcement from NPS: https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-announces-re-opening-of-big-oak-flat-road.htm

Note there will be some one lane sections and night time closures for a while, but I am so relieved! On to Yosemite (along with other stops in California for us).
Title: Re: Come See Yosemite, May 14-21, 2017
Post by: Steve N Dee on April 25, 2017, 03:17:17 PM
It's official.  I got a similar notification as the one Pam & Kevin posted above.  Big Oak Flat Road to reopen on May 1st!  Thanks to all who stuck with us through this process.  See you all in Yosemite.  I will post some updates soon.

Steve