Thursday, December 23, 2010

Yosemite

Yosemite National Park!
We are heading to the magnificent, Yosemite National Park, one of the great wonders of our World.  We've made a WiFi stop in the City of Stockton, California, to let you know what is going on.

On the way to Yosemite Park, we will make a stop up in the Sierra Nevada range, at Calaveras Big Trees State Park.  We are going to Big Trees to create a GPS monument of the place where my son Dave lived his last moment.  The idea of a GPS monument is something that I have thought about for quite awhile.  A place marked for all time, on the new world of the internet.  I believe that Dave would believe this to be a marvelous idea too.

1PM - A walk to Dave's place
Calaveras Big Trees State Park is well above the snow line from the recent storms.  The road that goes from the park's entrance to Dave's place was closed to traffic because of this snow.  However, we are allowed to walk that road.  So, off we went walking to Dave's place!

It took a bit over half an hour to do this walk.  Even though the entrance to the abandoned road to Dave's place is covered with snow [see pic below], we recognized the location immediately.  As we walked up this snow covered abandoned road, we found two trees had been uprooted by the storm and were lying across our path.  But we went around these two trees easily.
Beginning of our walk at park entrance

Side road to Dave's place
Abandoned road is down a bit, on the left

Pano view from Dave's place
This view is what Dave saw during his last moments September 20, 2010

GPS Monument for Dave's place
Click [here] to see the Google Earth location of Dave's place.  Google Earth will fly you to the exact place where Dave lived his last moments here on Earth.  A permanent GPS Monument for my son Dave.

Important Note: I learned on December 25th, that the location of the GPS Monument written about above, is NOT the actual place where my son Dave died.  I am planning next spring time on returning to Calaveras Big Trees State Park and properly locate Dave's Place.