Yosemite in a Different Light

With the anxiety of an impending surgery and the associated impromptu travel back home to Rochester, last night was another sleepless night.  We woke up exhausted and started putting some travel plans together for our return home.  Sacramento seemed to be the best place to fly out of this Sunday evening.  Unfortunately, we left the trailer 44 miles back in Visalia to improve travel through the snow covered mountains.  Therefore, our day started with backtracking to recover the trailer before we finally moved forward toward Yosemite.  Then, prior to entering the park we stopped for a few essentials in case we got snowed in: tire chains, candy, and jalapeno Cheetos.

Our plan was to drive until dark, pull over at a turnout, then crash in the car for the night.  We started through the park and enjoyed the amazing scenery in a whole different light…dusk.  The timing also brought a different set of creatures.  We were stunned as we turned a corner to find two coyotes standing in the road.  I wanted to get out and get some closer photos, but my better judgment (Shannon) was with me.  The further into the park we drove, and the deeper the piles of snow on the sides of the road grew, the more concerned we became about the rumors of an impending storm with a projection of a couple feet of snow.  We were worried about getting snowed in and missing the Edward Sharpe and Magnetic Zeros show.  We therefore continued through the park in the dark until we reached the lower elevated and warmer Yosemite Westgate Lodge for the night.


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18 Responses to Yosemite in a Different Light

  1. Cousin Mike says:

    That tunnel looked sweet! Was it big enough to pole vault in?

  2. Sally Leeson says:

    I was reading your blog and watching the video of your ever snowier and snowier road through Yosemite as I was listening to the plows in Wayland trying to keep ahead of the winter snowstorm that we are getting today. It was sort of surreal – sound effects on top of sound effects! I’m glad you decided to stay in a hotel, not in your car, for the night!

    “Trip of Best Days” was on the front page of the Democrat and Chronicle this morning. What a treat to read about your adventure and know that new people are being exposed to your wonderful experiences and your inspiring attitude! It was a very well written article with great photos. I really loved the one of you two sliding down hill! The writer seemed to capture your personalities and your head on grasp of your cancer, complete with your ups and your downs.

    Good luck with your surgery. You will be in the thoughts and prayers of many people all across the US!

  3. Reggie & Mary Lee says:

    Wow – front page coverage – great story!!! wonderful photos!

    So sorry you didn’t have more time in Yosemite – maybe you will be able to return. We spent some time there last September on our way to and from a wedding in the Crowley Lake area -on the other side of the park in a huge snow area. One of the highlights in Yosemite for me was to return to a giant redwood that my dad and uncle had driven through in 1940 in their Model A Ford. No driving there now just hiking. I think you made the right decision re the snow! We stayed just outside the park in Groveland at the Groveland Hotel – just had to since we live in Groveland, NY! We are in another storm now but it will probably be gone when you return Sunday.

    We continue to pray for you guys! Lots of love, R & ML

  4. JoEllen Fahy Schubmehl says:

    Love the photos! Let us know how to purchase those bracelets……

  5. Steve C says:

    Bret, the photos look great. The wolf looks so friendly! Perhaps he wanted some Jalapeno Cheetos…

    much love


  6. Dawn DeBadts says:

    Bret and Shannon- Remember going out back of our house? Remember the woods on both sides of the orchards? The coyotes out here can beat up the coyotes out where you are. But be carefull anyway they travel in packs, hungry packs and they carry signs saying “Not yo Cheetos”!

    OK come on back and do what you goota do. Your recent blogs have taken our breath away in many ways. Shannon you sitting with the daisies (or what ever they are) is priceless.

    I will make you some Chile con Carnie and a cherry pie.

    Love, Dawn

  7. Linda V. says:

    Bret & Shannon,
    I was reading the D & C this morning and saw your story on the front page. I spent the rest of the morning and into the afternoon reading your blog. I think the chorus in George Strait’s The Breath You Take is a beautiful expression of your journey. The words state: Life’s not the breath you take, the breathing in an out, that gets you through the day, ain’t what it’s all about. You just might miss the point, if you don’t slow down the pace, life’s not the breath you take but the moments that take your breath away. You two have certainly had many breath taking moments in your travels. Your story has touched my heart and opened my eyes to how important it is to live each day to the fullest.
    I hope your upcoming surgery goes well and makes it so you can continue your road trip.

    I hope your surgery goes well. I will continue to follow your blog for updates.

  8. Jeanne Welch Morast says:

    You probably don’t remember me, but we are cousins. I think the last time I saw you was at one of the family reunions many, many, many years ago. Our cousin Wendy sent me the story that was in the D&C. I admire your courage and love the pictures. If you come back to Arizona you have a lot of Welch family out here and always have a place to stay. Would love to see your Mom, Dad and get reaquainted with you and meet your beautiful wife. I pray your surgery goes well, and I will continue to follow your blog. Please tell your Mom and Dad hello.

  9. Uncle Lee and Aunt Sharon says:

    Bret and Shan,
    Amazing, beautiful pictures you are capturing with that new camera! Each one tells a story in itself, continuing to remind and inspire us each day to “enjoy the journey” and the “moments that take our breath away”.
    The article in the Democrat and Chronicle this morning was truly wonderful. We were so anxious to read it and found it was extremely well written. I think the writer and photographer did a great job portraying the essence of your story, your personalities and your determination, courage and fortitude that have inspired us all. To say we are so proud of you both is an understatement. You continue to make an indelible mark on so many and that is a precious gift that will always be remembered.
    Once again, your wonderful Ginna group deserves kudos for their great friendship, love and support. Sign us up for the bracelets too – right now, we’ll take 20. We have friends who have been praying for you and following your blog that we would love to give them to, besides ourselves, of course!
    We imagine you are a bit overwhelmed right now with making quick plans to come home and the possibility of the upcoming surgery/”corrective maintenance” and it being more involved than you had hoped. Whatever you decide, you know we’ll all be right there supporting you as you go through this. I promise to make as many of your favorite cookies as you’d like so get your order ready!
    Have fun at the concert, travel safely and keep those jalepeno Cheetos away from coyotes!

  10. Uncle Lee and Aunt Sharon says:

    Forgot to mention……LOVED the picture in the article of you two sliding down the hill.
    You are both too cute! But I was wondering if there was any non-caloric silicone coated lubricated saucers underneath you?

  11. Heidi says:

    The photos are stunning! I heard coyotes the other night but have never seen one. Tom is on days next week if you will let us get you guys dinner! Let me know…Peace,

  12. Johnny Z says:

    Bret, glad you like the wrist bands and to all Bret Hoefen supporters, sorry for taking so long, but if you are in need of Bret Hoefen wrist bands please contact me at jkzman@gmail.com. We will accept any donations for the wrist bands and 100% of the donations will be given to Bret to help with his expenses. The quantities are some what limited (due to the overwhelming support from the Ginna family), but I will do my best to make sure that everyone who wants to show their support for Bret by wearing a wrist band will get one. The important thing is showing your support for Bret and not the money. Please send me your address or I can give you my contact info via email if you don’t want to send a stranger your information. I am very new to this so if for some reason I don’t get back to you within 48 hours feel free to email me again or contact Bret.

  13. Cousin Michelle, Mario, and Simona says:

    Awesome article. I feel so proud to say I am family. You guys are amazing. Have fun at the concert. Travel home safe- much love! Muah!

  14. Mary Beer says:

    Bret and Shannon….all I can say is wow! We’ve saved our copy of the D&C story and will pass on to your mom and dad. My favorite pic is the one with the fence in the forefront….your art talent shows up in your photographs as well.
    Left a message with your mom that while you’re home would love to bring you and them a meal…..will be hard to compete with the great food you’ve tapped into on the road.
    You’ve been to so many wonderful places that most of us will never have the opportunity to experience. If you were to recommend the must see place so far, what would it be?
    Think about you and pray for you everyday. Hope the trip home is not too tough on your leg.

  15. Cousin Geoffrey says:

    Absolutely loved the article, guys! I’ll be thinking about you tonight during the Edward Sharpe show! A small coincidence is that Railroad Earth is playing in Rochester tonight (German House @ 8pm) – this is the band that I fell in love with 9 years ago at Merle Fest – they played the day before you arrived. We will both be enjoying good music tonight my friend!

    Glad you got some chains! Looks like you are already a pro at putting them on, although it gets a bit tougher on the side of the ride in freezing temps, with the tire on the ground (not conveniently elevated on a stand) but I have faith in you!

    Have a safe flight home and hope to catch up with you guys while you are here!!

  16. Gordy Warn says:

    Bret & Shannon,

    Enjoy the show!!! I’ll be interested to get your review!


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