AS OF 12:20 PM ON 07/09/2012, THE TRIP IS OFFICIALLY FULL.
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Yosemite in the fall, labor-day weekend, and full-moon hikes sound like a perfect trip. Check out these amazing photos and Video.
When: 8/29-9/04. It's the labor day weekend so you only need to use 4 days of vacation. For those of you who can make up hours, you have both August and September to make up.
Cost: $455 (lodging & car rental for 6 nights and 7 days & Half Dome permit fee & PayPal fee)
Who: All hikers are welcome, but you must be easy going. Everyone shares a small tent cabin with two other people, so getting along is a must. Five people on this trip I have met previously. So it's ok if we haven't met.
Yosemite has short and long, flat and steep hikes. Whatever your fitness level is, you will enjoy it. It even has buses to give you tours. I always say this but on every trip, everyone tends to hike together, and when someone doesn't, the group feels incomplete.
Lodging: We stay in Signature Tent Cabins, the best kind of cabins in Curry Village, with shared restrooms and showers. Insulated. Each cabin has a double and two singles. No kitchen, no fridge, no microwave. Yes, Yosemite is expensive but it's totally worth it.
To be clear, you will have towels, a bed, a pillow, a blanket, though the blanket is small and thin.
Each tent is for 3 people. Let me know which tent you want to be in.
Tent #1: Johnny (full), Mo+1 (full)
Tent #2: Michael (full), George (full), Syed (deposit)
Tent #3: Judy (full), Albina (full), Urana (full), Volky (deposit)
Tent #4: Jayne (full), Stephanie (full), Lynette (deposit)
Tent #5: Dave (full), Jay (full), Paul (Lynette's friend - deposit)
We fly into Fresno instead of San Francisco, saving us over 5 hours of driving.
Below is my flights, and I booked it for $298. Fresno airport is under 2.5 hours from Yosemite, so we won't have to do a lot of driving.
DCA to Dallas 08/29/12 7:10 AM - 9:30 AM AA 1271
Dallas to Fresno (FAT) 08/29/12 11:20 AM - 12:40 PM AA 1885
FAT to SFO 09/04/12 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM UNITED 6263
SFO to DCA 09/04/12 1:00 PM - 9:17 PM UNITED 102
For the flights back, you may want to book this one. It's cheaper:
FAT to Dallas 09/04/12 1:15pm - 6:30pm
Dallas to DCA 09/04/12 09:00pm 12:40am
Mo+1 (paid in full)
Dave (paid in full)
Judy (paid in full)
Jayne (paid in full)
Michael (paid in full)
George (paid in full)
Jay (paid in full)
Urana (paid in full)
Stephanie (paid in full)
Wed 8/29 - Arrive in Fresno around 1 pm. Get grocery and grab a quick lunch, then go straight to Yosemite and check in. Then we will go to Tunnel View for sunset.
Thu 8/30 - Get to know Yosemite (optional): visit Lower Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Falls, the Muir Bench, tour the Wilderness Center, Museum, and Indian Village, watch "Spirit of Yosemite" at the Visitor's Center.
The group that hikes Half Dome under the full moon will rest around 3 pm and start hiking at 11 pm. This is where I got the full-moon hike inspiration from.
The group that hikes Half Dome on Fri will stroll to El Capitan Meadow along the Merced River, then drive to Glacier Point for a short hike to Taft Point and Sentinel Dome, where they have a picnic dinner while watching the full moon rise over Half Dome.
Fri 8/31 - Half Dome day. This is definitely optional. There are plenty of other hikes to do in the park. The group that didn't do the El Capitan Meadow and the Sentinel hike yesterday will do it today, assuming we get back early.
Sat 9/1 - To recoup from our strenuous Half Dome hike, we take a drive to Tuolumne meadows, and detour to Mono Lake for a sunset hike or kayak tour.
Sun 9/2 - Hike the Panorama Trail, going over the bridge at Illilouette Falls, past Vernal and Nevada Falls to Yosemite Valley (we may take the John Muir Trail route since we already see both falls on our Half Dome hike). More detail.
9/3 - This is our last day. We'll hike our personal must-do trail. Suggestions: Upper Yosemite Falls, Sentinel Meadow & Cook's Meadow Loop, Wapama Falls.
9/4 - Drive to the airport early and go home.
Cancellation: If you need to cancel, please try to find a replacement because full reimbursement may not be possible without a replacement.
Disclaimer: Your safety IS your responsibility. I'm not responsible for any mishaps happen during the trip.
Common courtesies: We're all adults so I apologize for even mentioning these, but on every trip there's always someone who failed at these common courtesies. So here are the reminders:
Excessive Photography: Most conflicts in my past trips came from people waiting hours for others to arrive back at the trail head. If we share rides to the trail head, then please respect each other's time and reduce the "excessive photography," speed up when you fall behind. If you're slow and take excessive photos and you don't care about other people waiting, that's a lethal combination. Please don't sign up.
If we arrive at the trail head in multiple cars, once you have a full car load, fast hikers please go and enjoy your remaining of the day. Don't stand around waiting for the slow ones. It's nice you're waiting for them, but it's nicer not having people mad at each other on my trips.
Talking: Yes, it's nice to talk to your roommates to the wee hours of the night, but your roommates need sleep to wake up refresh. So even if you just saw a bear outside your tent and became all excited, wanting to recall every moment of the event, please say goodnight when your roommates get in their beds.
Food: This is a hiking club, not a breakfast club, nor a foodie club. When I said we leave at 8 am, I don't mean to leave to get breakfast or coffee, and 11 am is not when we stop to get lunch. Always make sure you pack your lunch.
Keep in mind that it's my vacation too. I'm sharing the experience with you, not providing you a service. Please don't expect me to cater to your every need, and don't make me work by dealing with conflicts.