6 Sept 65 : Beauty and bears : Yosemite National Park, California

This continues the letter dated Friday 3rd September 1965, which began… 

Dear family,

Monday 6th September

Today we left the flat (having been there almost a week), and set off for the Yosemite National Park. This is yet another of the famous national parks.


Tony’s postcard, captioned: YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK CALIFORNIA HALF DOME – WINTER. Half Dome looms out of the rising mist after a heavy snowfall has transformed Yosemite into a place of sparkling beauty.


It is about 200 miles east of San Francisco and to get to it, we had to cross the coastal mountain range, and then across the valley where all the fruit is grown.

This time we crossed through the grape growing part and saw millions of grape vines laden with black grapes. We also saw apricots, oranges and strawberries.

Luckily it was overcast and cool today, but a fellow told us that it is always around the 100F mark and has gone up to 112F.

On the way we stopped at a small town where a rodeo was in progress and we tried to get in, but couldn’t as it was full. It looks as though I am going to miss seeing a rodeo, which is a great shame, as this was one of the things I really wanted to see.

We then discovered we had a puncture and were just able to drive to a garage before it went right down.


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Tony with the campervan


We arrived at Yosemite at about six, and lit a fire and cooked our dinner. As yet we haven’t seen much of it, but it seems fairly similar to most of the others – spectacular cliffs and waterfalls. There is a fabulous crystal clear river which starts high in the mountains, and our campsite is quite near to the edge.

There are bears here, and quite recently one clawed a little girl who had to have 40 stitches in her face and head. The Rangers thought they knew which bear it was and shot it.

However the next day another person, a man, was clawed and they realised that they had shot the wrong bear. They shot another and this time must have picked the right one as the incidents have now stopped.

To be continued… 

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