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Yosemite: Exploring the Park in the High Season!

June 11, 2012

Story by  Gary A. Warner,  The Orange County Register

Escape the pavement and traffic and head to Yosemite National Park.  Visitors can explore the wildlife and geology, along with cultural history.

Half Dome Trail is one of the Park’s more frequented spots. The 8-mile Half Dome Trail rises over 5,000 feet above the valley floor. Avid birdwatchers can enjoy flocks of violet-green swallow around Tenaya Lake.  Common bird sightings throughout the meadows include northern flickers, mountain chickadee, killdeer, Clark’s nutcracker, among others.

The dry, warm winter of 2011-2012 gives visitors more access to the park, at an earlier time this year.  The Tiago Pass, the famous “backdoor” into Yosemite, opens to the public earlier. But the dry winter also means less energy and rush from the waterfalls at the Park.

Local town Oakhurst Centennial is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its name change from Fresno Flats.  Events have been planned all year for the town in celebration.

Historic hotel Wawona re-opens once again. Unlike open year-round hotels, the Wawona shuts down during Thanksgiving, re-opens during Christmas, and then closes for the first three months of the year.  Spring visitors can looks forward to their stay at Wawona Hotel, only four miles away from the south entrance.

Volunteer opportunities are available for those interested in helping with projects such as vegetation restoration, trail repair and building, wildlife preservation, and campsite maintenance.  For a full list of opportunities, go to nps.gov/yose/supportyourpark/volunteer.htm  or write to Yosemite Volunteer Office, PO Box 700, El Portal, CA 95318.

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