my wife and me have decided to take a big break and discover this big country with our sidecar .
The rig is : 2011 HD Road King with a 1971 Watsonian Palma sidecar .
our trip started on June 10 , 2012 and we plan to end it by August 20th , 2012 .
After having parked the rig , we signed for a guided tour of the Valley floor , using the very convenient little "train" and the very informative comments of our assigned National Park Ranger , Brian .
July 6th has been "Yosemite Day " ! On our way to the Park , we stopped to admire a scenic place in the Stanislaus National Forest , before entering the Yosemite around 9.45 AM .
And we were lucky to find a room in the Historic hotel : the Charlotte Inn , where we stayed for 2 nights . Groveland is next door to the Yosemite National Park , that we would visit the following day .
We reached the old and charming town of Groveland around 4.15pm .
On Route 4 , we passed Stockton and then we stopped in the new town part of Copperopolis for a late lunch . The owner very kindly gave us the local route for Groveland : very scenic road .
On July 5th , we left the Inn quite early ( 7.00AM ) taking Route 12 - passing Napa - then Route 680 to Martinez . Our goal : to visit the home of John Muir who devoted ( most of ) his life to the public awareness of the beauty of the natural landscapes of the Yosemite and other places and was instrumental to the establishment of the National Park Service .We left this place around 11.30AM .
That festive day quietly ended at the swimming pool of the Bed and Breakfast - A Victorian Garden Inn - where we spent the night .
... danse and picnics ...a whole day of festivities .
the 4th of July in Sonoma was really a popular event with art shows , local associations having booths ....
... only this picture to show how much local people and businesses were involved and participating in the parade ...
... and , so appropriate in such a renowned wine region , Bacchus and his servants ....