So yes, we've been away. We had a great time, and there is lots to tell, so here goes. We left rather late than usual on Friday lunchtime, having made a detour to our local bike shop to buy another bike rack. Dick was taking his mountain bike with us and we couldn't find a way to put it in the car safely. We bought the perfect rack and got going. The plan was to drive to Mariposa- just outside Yosemite to meet Joel and Stevie, and then to drive over the Tioga pass- a beautiful scenic route from Yosemite over the Sierra Nevada mountains.
We decided to take the scenic route and visit Groveland CA first. Dick had read about this town that had the oldest continuously operating saloon in America- the Iron Door Saloon. It turned out to be an interesting place but just a good place for lunch really.
Once we arrived in Mariposa, it was much hotter than we thought, but luckily Joel and Stevie arrived about the same time, so we headed out for a cold beer/wine and then had dinner. The bad news was that the Tioga Pass was closed due to a fire. Plan B needed.