I rang the information line to check if the Tioga Pass was open as it isn’t due to open until June, but they had a mild winter and it was opened a week before we arrived. We stayed the night before in a campsite called Lee Vining named after the town we had just come through. There were others along the route but luckily we hadn’t keep going as they were all closed. This was our first encounter with the bear boxes. You have to put all your food and toiletries – basically anything that has a smell – into metal cabinets. And yes locking them is a good idea – luckily there weren’t any bears around as Lindsay didn’t shut ours properly – potentially we could have lost all of our food! Good lesson before the real thing in Yosemite.
|the Tioga Pass|
|Our first black bear|
|May is a good time to see the waterfalls in the park|
We stayed in Salt Lake City at the KOA campground which is the closest RV park to our Caravan Parks that we have been in. It is an excellent place to stay. We got a shuttle from the campground into the city to do some window shopping and went out for lunch. For a restaurant the name the Cheesecake Factory doesn’t really conjure up a good feeling as we think of our Cheesecake Shop at home, but this place was great, great atmosphere, we ate outside and a great menu. The following day I decided to try out their medical system and our travel insurance. The staff at the medical centre and hospital were fantastic and so were the SOS people who liaise for Zurich regarding the travel insurance. It was the first time I had relied solely on our credit card insurance, it doesn’t usually tick all the boxes, so I usually take out additional cover, but this time it did. I think they were very relieved that it wasn’t anything serious. After a couple of days of rest, we headed north. I had wanted to go to Antelope Island but on their website they had a warning that the gnats had just hatched and were everywhere. It said that insect repellant didn’t work, so we decided we didn’t need the aggravation and skipped it.