Tanya's Daily Scoop CURRENTLY TRAVELING IN: Yosemite National Park
Hi there and GREETINGS FROM YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK!!!
We are here at one of my favorite National Parks. It's been a while (since 2010), but I'm baaaaack!
Since it gets dark so darn early these days, we did not arrive until past dark and thus no pictures after our arrival. Tomorrow there will be lots!!!
It's a tiny little room, but I'm so glad that we are here!
Before we left yesterday I had taken Cosette to a Horseback riding evaluation. Time for her to finally get a new trainer. The eval went very well, and I found the trainer to be both very educational and caring of the animals. The new trainer is a master trainer with the Certified Horsemanship Association - CHA – Celebrating Over 45 Years of Benefitting Riding Instructors, Trail Guides, Equine Facility Managers and Horse Enthusiasts! "CHA Changes Lives Through Safe Experiences With Horses"
According to Horsechannel.com: Currently, Massachusetts is the only state that requires certification. Maryland requires licensing of riding stables. But anyone with a horse in their backyard in any other state can go into the riding lesson business. The crazy thing is that it has often been pointed out that most states require hairdressers to be licensed, but very few have any sort of certification in place for riding instructors. This discrepancy is alarming since an unqualified riding instructor can cause harm far worse than a bad haircut!
Not all uncertified instructors are unqualified, and a certification doesn't guarantee a great instructor. So why bother going through the process? A certification shows that you have some demonstrable knowledge of horses and riding and have made your career as an instructor enough of a priority to pursue certification and pass the tests.
After the evaluation and a few other things (including dinner up in LA...we were finally on the road!
In the day to day planning of this visit to the park I was looking quite forward to hiking in Mariposa Grove, which we haven't been to in 9 years!!! Initially I was and still am a bit disappointed that the Mariposa Grove is CLOSED due to restoration (until Spring of 2017), I found out that there are 3 other smaller groves of the Giant Sequoias!
The Nelder Grove - Originally named the Fresno Grove, the grove is a 1,540-acre tract containing over 100 mature Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) trees. Located near the south entrance and northeast of Oakhurst. The grove also contains a number of sequoia stumps, remaining from when the grove's ancient trees were logged in the late 1870s to 1890s, before being protected by its United States Forest Service acquisition in 1928. credit: wiki
The Tuolumne Grove - The Tuolumne Grove contains about twenty-five large giant sequoia specimens, covering approximately twenty acres at elevation 5,730 feet. Located within the park on Tioga road, just beyond crane flat. In 1878, a tunnel was cut through the an dead sequoia tree stump (The Dead Giant) so that wagons, then later automobiles, could pass through it. Many of the giant sequoias here are 1,000-3,000 years old. In 1993, park officials closed off car traffic due to damage to the grove’s ecosystem. credit: tchistory.org
The Merced Grove - The smallest and the least accessible grove of the three is located on a flat at the junction of two canyons not far from Tuolumne Grove.
If you recall from months and months ago (May to be exact) when I had originally planned this trip (when we were in Mendocino), it was originally planned based on an activity that I wished to participate in...A Murder Mystery Train!
So after spending the morning and afternoon hiking around the park, we will be heading to The Sierra Railroad Company in Oakdale, was launched in the late 1800s to connect the Gold Country with the world. As the train rolls along, we’ll meet a cast of quirky characters who will draw us into their drama as they squabble, scheme, and ultimately kill each other, and it is up to us to figure out WHO DID IT!!!
I know it's gonna be a great day filled with lots of beauty and fun!!
Catch ya back here with the whole SCOOP tomorrow, -T
Elisa's Daily Scoop NEXT TRIP DEPARTS IN 27 DAYS
Saturday in West Hampton
Hello there! I'm coming to you from West Hampton at my favorite eatery and blog writing place...Goldbergs.
I cannot even begin to tell you how exited the girls were to be getting back to the barn today after missing last week!
We started our day in the usual way - driving an hour to get there bright and early to start a day of riding.
Today, we had a special treat with my nephew Nolan joining us in our weekly routine. This was his first time to Dream Come True Farm and to see his cousins doing their riding thang!
Nolan got right into the swing of things - watching the girls tack their horses and get them ready for some time in the arena
My Kelsey is just excelling by leaps and bounds with her riding and jumping. So proud of her.
Nolan was a great help as he assisted me with the filming today. I spent most of our time explaining some of the fun facts about being an equestrian. Spending quality time with the Godson was really a blessing today These kids are all getting big so quickly, so having him "captive" for a few hours, was an unexpected joy.
I'm so happy for my dear cousin, who is currently at Yosemite National Park. The thing I truly love about Tanya's National Park trips (well, the ones that I am not with her), are her absolutely gorgeous photos!!
Cannot wait to see what she posts this trip!
So, this week will certainly be a rather short week. Kids only have 2-1/2 days of school here on Long Island since it is Thanksgiving week.
We'll be going to my sister's house. I'm still not sure what, if anything, she wants me to bring, but, I can tell you that Wednesday will be filled with cooking for Turkey Day!
Many years, when she hosts Thanksgiving, she doesn't even ask me to bring anything. Should that be the case this year, I will take it upon myself to bake some delectable, decadent sweets!!
I'll be relying on my little baker, Gianna to come up with some great ideas!!
I will definitely keep you posted on the cooking front, as I have more details!!