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Yosemite in the Fall - Labor Day weekend - 7 days/6 nights - $455

AS OF 12:20 PM ON 07/09/2012, THE TRIP IS OFFICIALLY FULL.
Please join the waiting list. If someone drops out, I'll notify the waiting list first. And if you are in the waiting list, make sure you can receive my email.

Yosemite in the fall, labor-day weekend, and full-moon hikes sound like a perfect trip. Check out these amazing photos and Video.

Where: Yosemite
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)

Flights:

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

Flights booked:

Johnny
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)

Itinerary:

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.

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  • albina b.

    It were gorgeous hikes! The weather was so mild, lakes, surrounded by mountains, which reflected in the water, were beautiful!!!

    September 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yosemite was beautiful! I loved the night hike to the summit of Half Dome

    September 9, 2012

  • Jayne Hiking A.

    Morning Everyone. I'm at June Lake CA enjoying some hiking before your arrival. For those if you climbing half dome bring WARM layers gloves ear muffs etc. It gets cold at night and early morning. Safe trip!

    August 28, 2012

  • Jayne Hiking A.

    Tks for warning Jay. There should be NO food and NOTHING scented in lodging. It's an important rule of theirs which sounds like it was not followed.

    August 18, 2012

  • Jay

    I just came across an article on CNN about 2 people contracting hanta virus after staying at Curry Village in Yosemite - one of them actually died...yikes!
    The tent cabins were thoroughly disinfected so it should be OK now. The virus comes from mice droppings, so everybody should be careful about sealing up their food and snack containers & keeping things clean.

    August 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great choice
    Read as much as possible on Yosemite before you go.
    Also, if it is your rest day please go see the Sequoia trees (They are the largest living things on earth). It is a godly experience just looking at them. Some stand there for more than 3000 years (oldest 3200 years) and still living.
    This is not “walk in the park” and I agree with whoever said it “Half Dome is the ultimate Yosemite day hike - the one you can't die without doing, and the one you're most likely to die while doing”. This was the greatest hike for me and these woods will change you forever.

    August 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great choice
    This is the Hike of a lifetime. I did this day hike, alone, last year and have great experiences.
    This is not an easy hike, please make sure you take plenty of water (no water stops on the way to half dome). It is almost a 12 Hr hike. You will need plenty of food and some good music. If you do not have a water pack, buy one. Don’t take anything salty, will make you thirsty. Keep some painkillers handy. Carry a Whistle and a mini torchlight, it is a bear country. Carry your own Gloves for the cables, they are very helpful. Make sure you know what pictures you want on the top of the half-dome because you may never go back just for the pictures.

    August 17, 2012

  • Marcy

    Humm... pity it is full, sounds wonderful. Would like to get on the waiting list... but even that seems to be closed. I just joined the group. Let me know if a bunch o you decide not to go and I will jump in.

    August 16, 2012

  • albina b.

    Dear Jayne* I am so glad that you could hike so difficult, but beautiful trail! I will try to hike at the camp in Pennsylvania. I hope I will fine suitable trails there. See you soon

    August 14, 2012

  • Jayne Hiking A.

    Albina I know you can hike much faster and longer than me. Dave Thanks for the offer of a hike. Johnny is correct I'm already hiking. Today I did an incredible hike at Kanarraville UT http://www.zionnational-park.com/kanarra-creek.htm which included lots of water wading and was really incredible. See you all soon.

    August 14, 2012

  • Dave

    Anyone interested in doing a pre-Yosemite hike this Sunday? I was thinking of doing the White Oak Canyon hike in the Shenandoahs around 11 ish and afterwards, maybe going to the Griffin Tavern nearby for a bite to eat. http://www.hikingupward.com/snp/whiteoakcedarrun/index.asp
    http://griffintavern.com/

    Let me know if you’re interested. I can drive up to 3 people in my car.

    August 13, 2012

    • Dave

      Hey George,

      I can either pick you up at the Forest Glen Metro station in Silver Spring at 9 am or the Vienna Metro station (south lot) at 9:30. The Forest Glen station is near my home. The Vienna station is on the way there. Just let me know what’s best for you.

      August 14, 2012

    • George

      Dave - I am not going to be able to make it on Sunday. Thank you for the offer. - George

      August 14, 2012

  • Urana

    Dave,

    I would like to do a pre-Yosemite hike, but I have other plans for Sunday. Would Saturday work for you or the others?

    August 13, 2012

    • Urana

      Thanks Dave. You are right. It looks like it will rain. Seems that George prefers Sunday as well. Bummed that I will miss the hike :(

      August 13, 2012

    • Dave

      No worries, Urana. If your plans change and you'd still like to come, just let me know.

      August 14, 2012

  • albina b.

    Hi everybody. I try to be up to you all. So, last Sunday I hiked with Wanderbirds club : Camp Rapidan-Big Rock Falls , VA 11.4 miles 2130 feet elevation. It was great!

    August 13, 2012

  • Johnny

    I believe more than half of us have pre-Yosemite hike this weekend. Lynette, Mo, and I are backpacking through Roaring Plains, and Jayne, well, Jayne is always hiking. Anyway, if you have not planned on hiking this weekend or the next, you should. Let's get your feet into the hiking mode. It will allow you to explore Yosemite more without feeling like your feet are killing you.

    August 13, 2012

  • Tanya

    Please let me know if someone drops out -- would love to take their spot :)

    August 6, 2012

  • Johnny

    There are always people a lot more adventurous than us :-) Love the clouds moving around below the mountains.
    http://vimeo.com/27101039

    July 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Given the large number of folks on the waitlist, I am curious if there is interest in arranging a second group among the waitlisted?

    1 · July 21, 2012

  • Urana

    Thanks Judy. I contacted Johnny earlier and grabbed the last spot. It may have been yours since your name was removed from Tent#3 and my name was
    added. :-)

    July 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Urana: I had paid in full for the trip but unfortunately will be unable to go. I will check w/ Johnny if you can paypal the amount to me you can have my spot.

    July 9, 2012

  • Urana

    Is there any spot left for a female hiker? Thanks

    July 9, 2012

  • Heather

    Wow, this looks ABSOLUTELY amazing. Thanks Johnny for detailing everything out here. Not sure I can make it but I will at least ponder and dream...

    May 29, 2012

  • Johnny

    Hehe. Glad you can join uninjured.

    April 4, 2012

  • Jayne Hiking A.

    Ouch! Quit twisting my arm, Johnny. I'm coming!!

    1 · April 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes, I am definitely in, will purchase airline tickets this w/e. I'd be happy to apply for permits I just need for you to tell me what to do? Email me the "how to". Yippppeeee!!!!

    March 23, 2012

  • Johnny

    Yay!
    I signed up but won't know we get or not until next month. Actually I need another person to apply for 6 more permits. Would you mind being that person... only if you're 100% in?

    March 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks like the future is now...did you get passes for half dome?

    March 22, 2012

  • Johnny

    Then in the future you need to stop planning your own trips and just go with us. Where are you going in April?

    March 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I could probably...I'll be getting back from an island vaca. 8/26/12 so it would be back to back trips...I know for sure next month? 2 funny...I was gonna do the Zion trip with you as well but the dates didn't work...I'm doing my trip 4/26 to 5/5...

    March 20, 2012

  • Johnny

    Yes, Judy. The dates are definite since I already the airfare. Can you make it with those dates?

    March 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm interested, are the dates definite?

    March 18, 2012

  • Johnny

    Wait, you're not joining us?

    March 15, 2012

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