186 miles - I-5 to US-99 to CA-41 to Coarsegold, CA
We've never been to Yosemite National Park, and, as of this writing, we still haven't. But we're a lot closer. Our objective for today was a safe move from Sacramento to the SKP park, Park Sierra, near Coarsegold, CA... just a few miles south of Yosemite. The roads were all busy, all the time, everywhere. Why does everyone here drive with the accelerator floored? Over the next few days we hope to make a few incursions into the National Park... and we're really looking forward to it.
The weather has been simply great since we arrived in California. No rain, few clouds, lots of sun. Generally, here at Coarsegold, we're expecting highs in the lower 70's and lows in the lower 50s. For the next 7 days I don't see much change.
With weather like this the members of the SKP park are staying put... and that means transients like us have to spend some time waiting for a full hookup site. Yes, we're in "boondocking" -- really just drycamping on a little hunk of land that wasn't big enough to turn into a member site when the park was built. It's really not bad at all and have discussed maybe even staying put right here for the week. The sun is keeping the batteries full, don't need additional heat at night, and we have a lot of exploring to do so we won't be spending much time at base camp anyway. Haven't turned on the TV for almost two weeks (and don't miss it at all).
In an interesting coincidence... a wonderful alignment of the stars and planets... we have, not two, but four! of our nomadic friends from the road that arrived here at Park Sierra today! We're looking forward to spending more time with Julianne and Jimmy, and Lynne and Fred over the next few days.