Monday, 3 December 2007
Yo-semite, Snow-semite, No-semite!
During the first part of our trip we are planning to drive round California and then onto Las Vegas, and a little further east (?) for the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam. So far we thought that our route through California would take the form of a loop, starting and ending in LA, which would take in Big Sur, San Fran, Yosemite & Death Valley. But Yosemite is looking like it might become No-semite after I read the following on the Yosemite website: "Snowy or icy road conditions are common in Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada from fall through spring. When these conditions exist, federal regulations require that you use chains or cables in order to reduce the chances of accidents. Chain requirements are strictly enforced. You should have chains when visiting Yosemite from November through March. You will be subject to a citation (up to $5,000) if you fail to put on chains when required." EEEK! Not to mention the fact that we could get eaten by bears. Apparently they can smell food even when it is inside your car. "Failure to store your food properly may result in impoundment of your food or car and/or a fine of up to $5,000" - so, the park ranger could IMPOUND my food? Bang goes my idea of taking the tin of Fox's Party Rings... So, even if we don't get eaten by bears, we could starve to death.