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    Budweiser - King of all Beers?

    by Jerelis Written Aug 16, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Let’s make no secret of it. We both like a nice cold glass of beer. Being abroad is always a challenge to find a beer we like, which reflects our taste of having a beer. In America it wasn’t really that hard to find the brand we liked, it was clearly Budweiser, popularly referred to as Bud.

    Budweiser is a lager made with a proportion of rice as a substitute adjunct for barley malt. This immedaitely shows the problem for selling it in Europe as traditional brewers serve beer with only the four main ingredients (water, hops, wheat and barley). So Budweiser is not produced accoring to the German "Reinheitsgebot". But we found out that it didn’t taste distinctively different.

    The Budweiser bottle is a rather familiar icon to most Americans. The bottle has remained relatively unchanged since its introduction in 1876. We liked it, but the fraze “King of all Beers” is a bid of an overstatement!

    Budweiser.
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    Entrance Fees

    by Shihar Written Aug 10, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The Vehicle pass is $20 for 7 days.

    It is always a good idea to purchase that yearly National Parks Pass for $50. This pass will get you into any National Park area for free. It might just inspire you to take more National Park trips as well.

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    Wildlife encounters

    by Shihar Updated Jun 12, 2006

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    Favorite thing: You will see wildlife in the spring! The park is becoming alive with new life and growth.

    The wildlife was off in the distance so the pictures are out of focus.

    Can you ID the critter in the last 2 photos? Amazing how nature blends in within the enviroment.

    Bear Bear Can you see me?
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    Bears! And other wildlife.

    by sunshinejo Updated Jun 4, 2006

    Favorite thing: Ok, so this isn't exactly something you can plan, but you can still be sure to keep your eyes open for them as you're going round the park. We saw a bear on the road up to Glacier Point, although, to be honest, we probably wouldn't have spotted it if it weren't for all the cars pulled over on the side of the road! It was only a cub, but it didn't seem to be bothered by all the people around and just slowly ambled off into the forest. Fortunately, with the aid of a good zoom, I was able to get some pretty good photos without getting too near. Other people, however, were throwing caution to the wind and getting way too close for comfort. I don't profess to being an expert on bears, but I'm guessing the same guidelines apply to them as to other wild animals - keep your distance, don't feed them and don't aggrivate them.

    Other wildlife we spotted during our visit were deer, squirrels (lots of!) and an abundance of birds - although I'm not a keen bird watcher so I couldn't tell you what kinds they were.

    Bear along the road to Glacier Point Squirrel at Mirror Lake
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    Pothole Dome

    by goingsolo Updated Jun 22, 2005

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    Favorite thing: For those of you who lack the time or inclination to take on the grand dome of the park, there are several smaller and less cumbersome domes which are perfect for a quick uphill walk.

    Pothole Dome is located along Tioga Road and is just behind Tuolumne Meadows. There is a short trail which leads to the top. From here, you can gaze out over the meadow and catch a distant view of the valley below.

    Pothole Dome
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    When to visit

    by pigletsmom Updated Dec 22, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Yosemite is so gorgeous it really does not matter when you visit, however if you want to avoid the toursits, then try late September or early October. The weather is still good, but there are very few tourists. The valley is very pretty in Autumn. Winter is beautiful, however it can be bone chilling cold. The Spring is when the falls are at their best, however the tourists will be out in full force. Summer can be hot, and the falls will be drying up. I've never had a bad experience in Yosemite, it really is always lovely.

    Fondest memory: Great website and including a month by month Yosemite info and planning calendar.
    http://www.yosemitefun.com/yosemite_best_time_to_visit.htm

    Halfdome in Winter
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    General Stuff

    by IceBear7 Written Nov 1, 2004

    Favorite thing: There are 5 entrances to the national park, from the east, west and south. At the entrance you pay your fee of 20 USD, valid for one week and valid for all people in the car. They give you maps and information and then you're free to go. The hotels have car parks and there are also some for day use if you decide to sleep outside the park - which is probably cheaper but you're losing some important parts of the experience.

    Get gas before you enter, and buy some food for picnics.

    When leaving the car somewhere make sure there is no food, no empty food wrappers, cans, packs, iceboxes and no fragrance products like sun blocker. Take it with you, put it into the hotel room or in a locker - otherwise you might find a bear braking into your care looking for food. But the rangers will tell you a lot more about this.

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    Chapel

    by Carmela71 Updated Sep 25, 2004

    Favorite thing:
    As I said before, in this trip I began to get more interest in sepia colour photos, specially in old buildings (typical western ones ;-) ))

    Here is a wooden chapel just before Yosemite Gift shop

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    Fire Station

    by Carmela71 Updated Sep 25, 2004

    Favorite thing:
    In this trip I began to get more interest in sepia colour photos, specially in old buildings (typical western ones ;-) ))

    In special this fire station at Yosemite, next to gift shop deserved a sepia one

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    Fire

    by Carmela71 Updated Sep 25, 2004

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    Favorite thing:
    Stace told me about the fires here at the park, specially the sequoias, as they began to protect extensively the fires at this area, they realised that the growing of new trees was going down, so they discovered the relation between fires and the trees.

    The trees need the fires to grown, so now they produce controlled fires in areas to improve the forests.

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    Tioga Entrance

    by Carmela71 Updated Sep 21, 2004

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    Favorite thing:
    This is the park entrance from Tioga Road, I would recommend to do this road specially if you come from Las Vegas or Death Valley, as it is very impressive (and you can also stop first in Mono lake, great one!

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    Olmstead Point

    by goingsolo Updated Sep 17, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Olmstead Point is located along Tioga Road about halfway between White Wolf and Tioga Canyon. It is one of the most spectacular viewpoints along Tioga Road. The view stretches all the way to Yosemite Valley. Clouds Rest and Half Dome are also visible in the distance.

    Olmstead Point

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    Tenaya Lake

    by goingsolo Updated Sep 14, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Continuing along Tioga Road, you'll come across the one of the largest lakes in the Sierra Nevada. Tenaya Lake was created by nearby glaciers. It is flanked by a narrow strip of white sand beach. In the background facing south, there's a view of the rear side of Half Dome.

    Tenaya Lake is an unusual feature in Yosemite where the much smaller valley lakes generally fill up with sediment and become marshy areas of meadows. The combination of sediment to fill the lake and the dry conditions of the lower elevated valley do not exist at this elevation. Instead, snowmelt in the spring allows the lake to maintain its size and water level.

    Tenaya Lake

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    Mirror Lake

    by goingsolo Updated Sep 8, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Mirror Lake, or Mirror Meadow as I hear its now called, is supposed to be a pretty sight at the base of Half Dome. I took this dirt path near Lower Yosemite Falls hoping to catch a glimpse of the lake/meadow. But the path was closed off after about a mile, due to construction on the trail, I think there's another route that leads there, but I didn't have time to seek it out.

    en route to Mirror Lake

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    Happy Isles

    by goingsolo Updated Sep 8, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Happy Isles is located on the eastern end of the park. There's a nature center and several outdoor exhibits which explain the formation of Yosemite. From Happy Isles, you can walk along the Merced River or hike to 6,000 plus foot Vernal Falls.

    The Happy Isles Nature Center is a nice pit stop. Several paths wind around the Merced River and there are exhibits explaining in greater detail about Yosemite.

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