As I write today’s article, I’m sitting on a picnic table surrounded by large green trees and a flowing river. We have been at this campsite in Oakhurst, California for five nights. Like others, we have used this campsite as a place to sleep at night while we explore the great outdoors each day. 

In the past five days, my husband and I have taken a nine hour tour of Yosemite which included the breathtaking views from Glacier Point; walked the streets of Mariposa which are the original street grids laid out in 1850 and we had a picnic and floated on beautiful Bass Lake.

However, my most favorite adventure, thus far, was the Moonlight Special aboard the 3 foot narrow gauge Sugar Pine Railroad near the south gate of Yosemite. I love to ride trains and this may have been one of my favorites.

After a delicious BBQ meal, we boarded the train which took us through the beautiful Sierra National Forest. We stopped at the top of a mountain where a large campfire was roaring.

We got off the train and sat on wood benches around the campfire where we were greeted by a three piece band. There were people, of all ages, from states as far away as Maine. We sang campfire songs for almost 45 minutes. It was so much fun.

On this trip, I also visited the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce. I was greeted by Board President Donna Smith and Immediate Past President Melanie Barker. I quickly learned that these two women are very passionate about the chamber and the core values a chamber represents.

Today we are packing up and heading north to explore more Gold Rush towns. We are also river rafting the South Fork American Gorge, attending a cookout at the Roaring Camp Mining Company and touring Cover’s Apple Ranch in Tuolumne.

I look forward to sharing stories of our adventures when I return.

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