From the monthly archives:

August 2009

Summerdale Camp Ground

by Ted on August 24, 2009

Open from May until October



 Camp Hosts:   Marge and Bill

The camp hosts are very knowledgeable with lots of info about the local area. They maintain a beautiful campground with some of  the cleanest pit toilets in the Sierras , even raking around them in the morning.  You’re assigned a campsite based on your equipment (car, trailer, etc) at time of reservation, and the camp host may if possible accommodate  changes.   There is a beautiful creek (Big Creek) with a small waterfall, a meadow area, lots of high trees, and the usual outdoor pests.   Water outlets are available at several places with fire rings and picnic tables at each site.

There is a resident bear  hanging around .  There are no bear lockers at the sites.  The bear is looking for ice chests left out.  He has not tried to get into tents or cars at least when we camped there. This one-loop campground makes you close enough to take a short walk to your friend’s site.  Most sites are shaded, but a few do lack shade.

The Fish Camp general store is about a mile from the campground, stocked with ice, firewood, and ice cream and all the goodies of a small convenience store.  Oakhurst is a small town just about 30 minutes south which has all your amenities, groceries, Starbucks, auto repair, etc.  Also close by is the Tenaya Lodge.  This is an upscale five star resort with all the amenities.  Down Highway 41  a couple  of miles is the Narrow Gage Inn with perhaps some of the finest dining in the Sierras.   (Big Menu and excellent food)

Summerdale has been recommended by both Sunset Magazine and Michelins camping guide. So it is busy and reservations are recommended so make sure you book your reservations early.



Rafting on the Merced River

by Ted on August 15, 2009

Rafting along the Merced River is popular during summer. You can rent a raft during June and July, but rental times varies from year to year, depending on water level of the river. If you are interested in using your own whitewater equipment and gear an excellent place to obtain it is for best buys of quality kayaks, rafts and equipment

Inside Yosemite National Park, rafting is permitted on the Merced River between Stoneman Bridge (near Curry Village) and Sentinel Beach Picnic Area between 10 am and 6 pm under the following conditions: the river stage (depth) must read less than 6.5 feet at Sentinel Bridge and the sum of air temperature and water temperature must be more than 100°F. You must have a personal flotation device immediately available for each occupant of the raft. Enjoy this while you can as there is a plan in the works that may limit this type of activity in the park.

Rafting is also permitted on the South Fork of the Merced River in the Wawona area and depends on the water levels. There are no kayak or raft rentals in this area. So bring your own tube, air mattress or other floats, be advised the water in the Wawona area and the Merced River is very cold. Some visitors enjoy kayaking the calm waters of Tenaya Lake. Outside of Yosemite National Park you may whitewater raft or kayak at any time and almost at any place.


Holiday Happenings at The Tenaya Lodge

by Ted on August 13, 2009

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
Fish Camp, CA & Buffalo, NY – August 2009 – Families can enjoy both a traditional and unique holiday season this winter at Tenaya Lodge in Yosemite National Park. The four-diamond rated resort, located two miles from the south entrance to Yosemite National Park, transforms itself into a magical winter wonderland for all ages. From sledding, ice skating and horse-drawn sleigh rides outdoors to hot cocoa, gingerbread house competitions and cookie decorating workshops, children and their parents are sure to make lasting memories.

Throughout the holiday season, guests can enjoy complimentary warm beverages while exploring Tenaya Lodge’s Grand Lobby, which overflows with wreaths, garlands and twinkling lights and a fully decorated 30-foot tree. Those hoping to journey through the Sierra National Forest can experience guided snowshoe walks or evening flashlight hikes just outside Tenaya Lodge’s front door. Inside, live entertainment, visits from Santa and his “Tenaya elves,” storytelling, and workshops keep kids busy for hours, while wine tastings, culinary workshops and spa treatments ensure adults enjoy a stress-free holiday.
This year, Tenaya Lodge is offering a variety of family-friendly holiday packages for guests to enjoy. These packages offer plenty of activities at affordable holiday prices and promise to be memorable. The 2009 Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite Family Holiday Packages are as follows:

* Kids Dinner with Santa Package: Starting from $235 per room, this popular package gives children ages four through 12 the unique opportunity to dine with Santa. Children will also spend their evening on a holiday adventure as the Tenaya elves lead them in special activities, games and crafts. The evening wraps up with a family photo with Santa Claus. Package available December 16, 18, 20, 22, 23.

* S’more Ice Skating Package: Starting from $239 per night, this package offers a one night stay in a deluxe room and includes a s’mores kit, an ice skating session and skate rental for two. Guests also enjoy a cozy welcome basket with a Tenaya Lodge blanket, mugs and hot cocoa mix to enjoy around one of Tenaya’s crackling outdoor fire pits. It’s the perfect way to warm up after a fun afternoon of skating amidst the Sierra National Forest. This package available December 1 through December 31.

* New Year’s Eve Package: Starting at $489 per room, this package pulls out all the corks for an evening packed with celebration for adults. The package includes one night’s accommodations in a deluxe room, gala dinner, live entertainment by the Wild Hare Band and TNT DJ and party favors, as well as a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. Guests will also enjoy a VIP 1 p.m. check-out and a New Year’s Day Champagne Breakfast for two at Tenaya’s Sierra Restaurant. This package is available December 31.

* Bring the kids to enjoy New Year’s Even as Tenaya’s Guest Services staff leads them in a night of fun-filled activities and dinner. Reservations required.

In the luxurious surroundings of Yosemite National Park, Tenaya Lodge is transformed for the holiday season. It’s something families truly need to experience for themselves. For more information on Holiday Packages and Special Events, contact Tenaya Lodge at 877-322-5492 or visit
Tenaya Lodge

About Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite is a 294 room, Four-diamond resort nestled in the Sierra National Forest, just two miles from the south entrance of Yosemite National Park. Tenaya Lodge offers easy access to Yosemite’s most alluring attractions and all of the conveniences and services expected of a luxury resort property. For more information visit


Note in History

by Ted on August 13, 2009

Stockton Daily Argus
Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA
Friday, 20 July 1860
The Mariposa ‘Gazette’ learns that Col. FREMONT’s family will pass
the remainder of the summer and early autumn, as last year, upon Mt.
Bullion. It is very cool and comfortable up there and very slightly
too, being some 5000 feet above tide water.