We’re spending five nights at Park Sierra, another SKP park in Coarsegold, CA, about 25 miles north of Fresno on the way to the south entrance of Yosemite. Our Lazy Daze friend Lorna has had a lot here since 2010 and this was our first time visiting. It’s a really nice park, hilly and covered with oak trees. Coarsegold Creek runs through the property, with lots of interesting rocks.
The trailer behind us with the white latticework around the bottom is home to a family of stray cats so along with the many squirrels and birds, our two cats have been entertained watching all the excitement around us. Sophie escaped once and tried to join the cat family but she finally came home. They probably didn’t want her, either!
Very cute and bold acorn woodpeckers abound here.
A couple days of cold and rain kept us inside but we did get to visit with Lorna, took a drive to Oakhurst for a really good pizza and beer at Southgate Brewing Co, and spent an entire day in Fresno shopping. We went to Camping World for a vent cover, looked at some new RVs, found a really nice local sporting goods store, Herb Bauer, where I bought new hiking boots and Jim got a couple shirts, then to Costco for some new two-way radios to replace the ones we had that were no longer working properly. All that and stops at Trader Joe’s, Sprouts, and BevMo made for a long day.
We did manage to get in a nice hike on the Lewis Creek Trail near Oakhurst just south of the entrance to Yosemite. Beautiful waterfalls and a taste of what we have to come during our stay in Yosemite Valley coming up next.
Sadly I received a call from a former co-worker in Pensacola yesterday that our good friend Bonnie (who introduced Jim and me) died following open heart surgery earlier in the week. Jim was friends with her even before she and I worked together for 29 years. She has one son and I’m sure this is must be a very sad Mother’s Day for him. Getting older and losing family and friends can be a tough pill to swallow sometimes.