Stanislaus and Yosemite
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Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Stanislaus and Yosemite on 06/01/2010 09:24:04 MDT Print View

Saturday morning my daughter and I drove up 132, through Coulterville, 132J past Greeley Hill and off a side road,then a quick hike to Diana Falls, a local swimming hole. I am not sure of the name of the creek, but that water then runs into the south fork of the Merced river, just below the upper swimming holes. Right before the 2 run together, there are some beautiful pools in the Merced river as well, just much cooler. This is a popular spot for local youth and given the weather and the weekend, there were over a dozen youngsters, jumping off the falls. During the week, this is an idyllic spot. Libby and I spent our first night nearby.
Sunday morning we thought of driving into Yosemite, then left the Yosemite crowds for the Strawberry Festival crowds at Camp Mather , then Lake Eleonor and Cherry Lake. The night was cool, maybe lower 40's; mosquitos a bit of a bother in the evening. We were definitely not alone, but nothing compared to the crowds heading to the Valley.


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South Fork of the Merced River, downriver from Diana Falls .


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Near the Falls


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Where the waters converge



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Little orchids all along the rocks



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Meadows on our way to the lakes



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Lake Eleonor



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Across the dam



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Below the dam



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Cherry Lake



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Lady Beetles along Cherry lake


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Our Hubba Hubba, trying to keep it ventilated. It worked.

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Mashed potatoes again, really?


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We still have chocolate??

Edited by Kat_P on 06/02/2010 06:50:21 MDT.