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Melting our hearts

Steve at Glacier Point, with Half Dome in the background

STEVE ADAMS is touring California in a motorhome for a feature that will appear in Camping & Caravanning magazine later this year. Here’s his latest report from the road.

Mark Twain apparently once said there are two seasons in the Sierras – ‘the end of winter and the start of the next one’. Or words to that effect. I’m paraphrasing the coach driver/tour guide who probably paraphrased Twain, but I’m sure you get the message.

That said, after another day of glorious sunshine and 80º temperatures in Yosemite National Park, I’m happy to report that the Huckleberry Finn author’s tongue-in-cheek comment holds little water in 2014. Indeed the Park experienced such a mild winter this year that many of its magnificent waterfalls – fed by melting snow – are in danger of drying up before the summer season is over.

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Joining Yosemite’s birthday celebrations

Steve's partner Natalie with the Apollo Euro Tourer at Indian Flat RV Park in Yosemite National Park

On 30 June 1864 President Abraham Lincoln took a break from attending to his duties during a particularly bloody period of the Civil War to sign the Yosemite Grant Act, a document that set aside the Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias “upon the express conditions that the premises shall be held for public use, resort and recreation”.

The hugely important Act effectively signaled the start of the National Park movement – even though Yellowstone ultimately became the United States’ first official National Park – and provided a blueprint for other states and countries to follow.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Act, and the good people of Yosemite National Park are making the most of it, with a number of activities celebrating the park as well as the work of the visionaries – including as many writers, artists and photographers as conservationists – who led the campaign to preserve it for the enjoyment of all.

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Molly shares some doggy tales

It's been grrrr-eat to hear from other camping and caravanning canines about their holiday trips and favourite places to stay across England. Thanks for your campsite contributions.

Dog WalkWhen I started tapping out my little "dog blog" earlier this year I hoped we would get some positive feedback and good ideas for fresh trips out. Oh dear, I shouldn't have used the word "feed". My tummy is rumbling now!

Anyway, many thanks to the kindly canines and their secretaries and/or servants for submitting their suggestions on where to go camping and caravanning in our glorious countryside and coastal areas.

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Molly and Ted are travelling terriers - borders without borders who visit UK campsites in a motorhome. Chatty Molly offers tips for places to stay and shares some of her holiday capers.

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