We went to Yosemite National Park for 3 days. I have tried for years to book a camp site but they were always booked. It is hard to get in there. One night I looked at the reservation site and got one night. I booked it. Then I kept checking and we got two more nights at two different campgrounds. The first one at Hodgdon Meadow. This was a couple of weeks ago and the weather was hot. The campgrounds have no electricity or any hookups. We didn’t bring an extra car, just our motorhome. We should have brought the car. It was very hot in the motorhome. It was 90 degrees outside. Hodgdon Meadow was just a plain campground, nothing to do. The next day I got a campsite in Crane Flat. It is at 6,2oo feet so it was a little bit cooler, not much. When we went to the booth to sign in we told the ranger that some campgrounds were just awful. He said this one was probably the worse. I thought he was joking. He was not. He said the sites were steep and uneven and awful to park on. We drove to our site. It was loop 300 site 305. It was hard to pull into. The trees were so close together and you had to back in between these trees and then try to swing around to the flatter part. It had pot holes and ditches and very uneven. My husband moved the RV around 3 times trying to get it a little level.
We had to use the jacks to get the tires way off the ground to make it a little level. They have generator hours. The two trailers next to us just ignored those hours. They let the generator run all day. The ranger came to tell them to turn them off. After the ranger left they turned them back on till 8:oo at night. The guy had a commercial generator in the back of his truck and it was really loud. There is no cell phone service in Yosemite at the upper part where we were. I could not call to even report them. That got on my nerves with all the generator noise. I walked a long ways uphill to the next loop to find the campground host. It was all uphill and it got dark so I had to use a little flashlight. When I found her, she was not there. By the time I got back, the guy had turned off the generator. That was good. It finally cooled off when it got dark.
The last night we had a site at the North Pines campground on the Valley floor. The sites are very close together and was very hard to back into. The nice thing about the Valley floor campgrounds, there are busses you can take that take you all over the valley. They are air conditioned too. I just wanted to ride the bus to stay cool. We went to the lodge and ate in the restaurant. It is very expensive to eat in there, but hubby said “We are never going to be back here, so let’s eat there.”
It is beautiful inside. I thought the ceiling candle lights looked like Hogwarts in the Harry potter movies. We then went to the visitor center and watched the movie about the park. Checked out the gift shop and grocery store and got a t-shirt. We stopped to go to the water fall, my son walked the path to see it and came back and said “There is no water fall. The water is all dried up. Darn, I wanted to go see that water fall. We finally went back to the campground. It was hot in the RV. My son didn’t want to stay there and asked us to drive home. We decided to leave. On the way out of the park you have to go back up to the higher elevation. My husband wanted to find another campground at the higher elevation because he didn’t want to drive home in the dark for 6 hours. We found a nice camp ground just out of the park at 9,500 feet. It was so nice. It was small and quiet and cold out. It had a little river that ran right beside us. The best campground ever. We slept great, no noise except the sound of the river. This is what it looks like in the daytime.
When we got home I told my husband that I wanted an electric bicycle to use to ride to the trash cans or to pay for the sites. It is a long walk to go pay after you park the RV. I found this electric scooter that I ordered from Sears. It will go up to 18 MPH but I won’t go fast on it. It will be better than walking for a mile, uphill. I get it next week. It folds up so I can put it in storage area in the motorhome. I can’t wait to try it out. It is called an Uber Scoot scooter 500 watt.