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Jay Fortman Feb 03, 2016 at 02:02 PM

heading to Yosemite on the 15th. I'm from Texas. No snow and little cold where I live. Any tips from cold weather travelers?
John Boyd Feb 03, 2016 at 02:40 PM

Hi Jay, Will you be in the photography workshop? There may be several workshops happening during this time period. If in the photo group I will be your instructor for the workshop. Yosemite Valley is at 4200 feet elevation. Currently we are having a record year for snow and rain. Last nights news listed snow at 115 percent of normal and the highest since 2011. Weather predictions can change quickly. With this in mind I did not look at long range forecasts for this area. When closer to the workshop you can search for weather information. Use this zip code, 95389. This will be for Yosemite Valley and the most accurate. I would recommend layered clothing for warmth, Water proof shoes and jacket. If photographing a camera rain cover of some type. Should be able to find something like this at local camera stores. These can also be ordered online.

Suzanne Gravelle Dec 18, 2015 at 04:34 PM

I'm from Montreal, Canada and I'm going to the Feb 15 program and looking to share a ride from/to San Francisco - car rental or gas money. Thanks

John Boyd May 03, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Yes, Tioga is open. If you are driving and plan in coming over Tioga ATP at the Mobil gas station at Tioga & 395 for lunch or breakfast. Gourmet fast food. Think lobster taquitos.
Marilyn Wisegarver May 11, 2014 at 03:16 PM

Jan and I stopped at the Whoa Nellie Deli at the Mobile Station for dinner - YUM!! Came back the next morning for breakfast. Yes, the service is "fast" but I wouldn't call this "fast food" - it's WAY too good for that label!
John Boyd May 11, 2014 at 07:29 PM

It is good. When we are in the area each October it's morning, noon and night. Another place in Lee Vining is Nicely's. I would like to try the BBQ place but it closes for the season before we are in the area. Many places in the town close for the winter season including the Whoa Nellie Deli.

Jan Evers May 02, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Tioga Road opens today at noon!!

Bill Carney Apr 30, 2014 at 11:32 PM

Itinerary question: Information pack says that Day 3/Tues we will stay in the park through sunset, but it also says that dinner is at 6p back at lodge. Sunset is much later, I believe, more like 7:30p. What is the actual plan??
John Boyd May 01, 2014 at 12:41 AM

Not sure if you have an outdated schedule Bill. We will be at Galcier Point aroun sundown on this day. A box dinner in the valley before heading to Glacier.
Marilyn Wisegarver May 02, 2014 at 01:39 PM

I received the same schedule as Bill. Are there any other changes we should know about?
John Boyd May 03, 2014 at 10:58 AM

When you arrive you will receive the latest greatest schedule in your packet. We sometimes tweak the schedule according to park conditions or other things. My wife spent yesterday, Friday in the park checking things out.
John Boyd May 03, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Should be "My wife and I spent".

John Boyd Apr 24, 2014 at 03:35 PM

For all who will be attending this workshop May 5-8. You can bring a few of your images on a USB drive but a better way would be emailing them to me. This would give me a chance to view them before the workshop. Put RS Workshop as subject.

Bill Carney Apr 22, 2014 at 02:54 PM

I was wondering if it would be possible to bring by ARdrone into the valley in order to capture some videos and pics from unusual vantage points?
John Boyd Apr 22, 2014 at 03:41 PM

No idea Bill. Maybe Kristen can answer this.
Kristen Cook Apr 24, 2014 at 01:35 PM

Bill, I'm looking into it. There must be a temporary error in their phone system because I could not get a hold of a single person. So that you can try as well, the main number is 209-375-0200 (press 3 then 5 to speak to a Ranger). Hopefully I can update this post soon with an aswer!
Kristen Cook Apr 24, 2014 at 02:13 PM

Ok, the official answer fromt the public relations department is No. They are not allowed by the Park regulations
Bill Carney Apr 24, 2014 at 03:04 PM

thanks.... i did find some youtube vids from people who did this.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWygZZyONzo
Kristen Cook Apr 25, 2014 at 04:44 PM

This has turned into a fascinating research project. The videos are just amazing, aren't they? Sounds like someone using a drone in a National Park is either doing it without permission or work for the NPS and are held to some pretty strict training standards. Below is an Yosemite's official stance on the subject, although things change as technology changes. Imagine the possibilities with assisting with Search and Rescue! "Unmanned Aircraft (UAS) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) are remotely piloted aircraft, broadly referred to in the popular press as drones. They can be useful for resource management activities, search and rescue, and law enforcement operations, and have been successfully used in all these instances in the national parks. Up to now, no park has completed the process or procedures to get a fully approved NPS mission. There is approximately two weeks of initial flight training required as well as recurrency training. UAS missions require a two-person crew and an observer who also must go through training and medical certifications. Employees who use UAS in the parks and are not authorized to do so, are operating outside the scope of their positions."

John Boyd Apr 16, 2014 at 12:01 AM

Today, the road to Bodie Ghost Town opened.
John Orman Apr 16, 2014 at 05:55 AM

Great news for this guy who wants to see Bodie. Now the only road that needs to open is Tioga. Guessing that with this record low snowpack, that one will roll over for me before May 8 too!
John Orman Apr 16, 2014 at 06:42 AM

Maybe that low snowpack is good news/bad news, but hopefully those waterfalls will still be running strong in early May!
John Boyd May 01, 2014 at 06:50 PM

Tioga opens tomorrow John.

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