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UPBEAT'S Travel Spotlight

Travel & Recreation Daves Travel Corner

By Dave Thompson •

UPBEAT TIMES • February 2013 • 6 JOKES & Humor # 3

Two engineering students meet on campus one day. The first engineer calls out to the other, "Hey, nice bike! Where did you get it?"

"Well," replies the other. "I

SANTA ROSA, CA. ~ During

our latest to

Seeing the World One Step at a Time visit

“the park” in mid October, Yosemite Falls was flowing like in mid Spring. Sometimes you just get lucky! The shoul- der seasons (early spring, mid to late fall) are excellent times for visiting Yosemite National Park. The weather is a bit cooler than the heat of the summer (nights are chilly but days warm up nicely) and you are sure to miss the masses of crowds that converge on the valley floor during the mid summer. Not to be outdone is the winter season – Badger Pass Ski Area with its set of lifts, runs and an excellent

ski school is found within the park’s borders. Cross country ski trails abound. There is a quieting you can feel on the valley floor after the season’s first snowfall when everything is white; nothing could be better at this time of year than sitting around the roaring fire in the historical Ahwahnee Lodge’s grand reading room. Yosemite is one of the most visited of all the National Parks…for good reason. With its stunning vistas and overlooks, major waterfalls, impressive granite domes and monoliths, giant Sequoia trees, abundance of hiking and excellent trails its no wonder

that people come from all over the world to visit. If there is only one place you visit in the Sierra’s during your time in California, a good choice would be Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite National Park is contained within parts of three counties; the val- ley floor is entirely within Mariposa County. Mariposa and Yosemite are truly four season destinations with an amazing variety of activities year round to please even the most

selective of travelers.

Mariposa means Butterfly in Spanish and was originally California’s 2nd county and

was walking to class the other day when this pretty, young, coed rides up on this bike. She jumps off, takes off all of her clothes, and says, ´You can have ANYTHING YOU WANT!´"

the largest county until it was sub-divided into much smaller counties.

Mariposa County and

Yosemite are very centrally located within California. The National Park lies almost at the geographic center of California

highways make

and all weather access


the park relatively easy year round from the major popula- tion centers in the state.

Read the rest here:

http://www.davestravelcorner. com/guides/yosemite-maripo- sa-county/yosemite-mariposa- county-intro/

Photo: © 2012 Dave Thompson

"Good choice," says the first, "her clothes wouldn´t have fit you anyway."

Lucy loved sucking her thumb so much. She was now five years old but hadn't stopped the bad habit. With an effort to stop her from this bad practice, Lucy's mother lied to her that her stomach will swell and will finally burst if she doesn't stop the habit. The lie scared little Lucy that she actually stopped the habit immediately.


A month later, expectant Mrs. Blecker pays them a visit. When Lucy comes in to greet her she stops first to stare at Mrs. Blecker, then goes ahead with her greeting. Mrs. Blecker notices the hesitation and asks, "Hi, Lucy! I guess you are wondering where I've been, aren't you?"

The little girl answers, "Not exactly, Mrs. Blecker. I know what you've been doing and you better stop it fast."



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