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Posted: 12/10/13 09:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice trip and photos. We would go out more often then we do in the winter but Michigan LOVES to lay down a nice thick layer of salt on the roads even if it only LOOKS like it may snow.

Sometimes at night when it's real quiet I can hear the rusted metal falling off my truck and landing on the driveway.[emoticon]
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She is a keeper!

It's hard enough to get my wife to go camping in the summer. She looked at this posting and told me "that weather is why they have hotels".

Great report. I hope your better half makes a speedy recovery

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Posted: 12/10/13 10:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Your TR is a perfect example of how a well-matched couple with a well-equipped TC and excellent outdoor skills can have a wonderful time in spite of weather and injuries. You survived and shared your great story with us.

Other less-skilled and less-fortunate people would be out there lost somewhere, making newspaper headlines and experience for rescue teams.


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Posted: 12/10/13 10:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Buzz - I had been expecting an exciting TR but was shocked to hear Ruth got hurt. Hope she recovers quick! Thanks for posting pics anyway...I would be trying to forget this trip already!

Those ice trax can be unforgiving if they slip even a little. Got mine at Bass Pro Shops on way to Yosemite once.

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Buzzcut, Very nice photos. I have been in Yosemite every month of the year. Sorry to hear about your wife's accident. Get well soon.

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Posted: 12/10/13 11:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

awesome. I had to stop to inspect the picture of the beer closer. oh yeah...the other pics were great too.
I have really been thinking about getting into snowshoeing. we are downhill skiers so that is how a lot of our outdoor winter play gets spent but id like to check it out. your pictures make me want to do some snowshoeing even more.


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Eric,
Just great report here. I too was stopped cold when you mentioned Ruth's downfall. Ruth is some woman alright. She reminds me of my Queen who has endless guts when we get into a tough situation like this. She is also an RN, which helps with our well being when way out in the sticks. Luckily we don't have to triage very often. We also snow shoe and use Yak-Trax.
I'm sorry it didn't work out for us on this trip. You are an XTC-er of the first water....or is that first ice. It sounds like you have paramedic training, which came in handy this time.
Thanks for the story and pix. You did all the right stuff to prepare for the blastoff into the arctic cold of The Yosemite. The Honda 2K was almost swallowed up in the snow. Hope to see you and Ruth down the road.
regards, as always, jefe


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well thanks guys. I am a retired firefighter and current EMT, experieced mt guide and dive instructor. Ruth flew A4 jets off aircraft carriers which means she did survival school and pow camp, she is also an experienced backpacker. lots of talent between the two of us


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Wow! What a great trip! Love, love love Yosemite!! I've also been there in the winter and it really is a magical place!~ and so quiet!! I've not camped there in the winter though. Living in the mountains where I have snow it's not so wonderful to try and get out of the snow only to go back into the snow somewhere else! I do camp in my driveway though! [emoticon] Thanks for the report and wonderful photos! Here's to Ruth healing REALLY fast so you can go again!

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Excuse me? "Ruth flew A4 jets off aircraft carriers which means she did survival school and pow camp."Buzzcut, that is not a throwaway line. That's the "lead" of the story. It explains how in the world you guys do what you do.

In our case we were driven before a storm scrambling to get over the next hill. You guys charged into the storm, and had a ball in spite of a significant injury. You appear to be well prepared, and use the TC in the unique way that only a truck camper can be utilized. Great report - but also great inspiration.





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