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The Two Yosemites

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The iconic beauty of California’s Yosemite National Park lures nearly four million visitors per year. Most flock to the seven-square miles of the valley floor. Few make it into the backcountry. Even then, it can be next to impossible to find solitude during the summer months. This travelogue recounts the highs and (mostly) lows of the author’s visit as she seeks to ...more
Kindle Edition, 22 pages
Published June 11th 2014 by Mind Prism Books (first published April 11th 2012)
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T.B. Markinson
When I was a kid we went to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National park every summer. I’m a huge fan of National Parks and I’ve been to a few others. I have a faint recollection of visiting Yosemite when I was really young, but I’m not positive. What I liked about Walker-Bickett’s work is her honesty. She had high expectations to see one of America’s oldest parks and it was a bit of a letdown. Her descriptions put me into the moment and I could relate. I’ve seen tourists do silly things and some ...more
Marie Fostino
Jul 11, 2012 Marie Fostino rated it it was amazing
I have to say that Jeri Walker-Bickett is very descriptive as she talks about her adventure at Yosemite National Park. I think she talks for all of us as we go on a vacation with expectations and unfortunately discover that the real thing never seems to match our imagination. I think if I desire to see this park I will want to go on an off season, maybe I will enjoy it better without all the crowds of people getting in the way of my anticipations. It sounds like Yosemite National Park has been ...more
Denise Baer
Jul 26, 2014 Denise Baer rated it it was amazing
A Layered Adventure

Since I’ve never been to Yosemite, or many of the other national parks, I really enjoyed this travel memoir. It gave insight into the author’s constricted experience. In some ways, I can relate to being a tourist, and wanting to be away from tourists. I’ve wasted plenty of money on tourist restaurants and souvenirs. Two Yosemites does let readers know that it’s okay to be a tourist, but in an environment like this one, it’s much better to be close to nature. Jeri Walker-Bicket
Rose Griffith
Sep 01, 2016 Rose Griffith rated it it was amazing
As someone who has also puzzled over the drive-through park-goers, I could identify with a lot of what Ms. Walker talks about in this book. About the wanting to get into the insides of a National Park and experience the way the first explorers did. To see beyond the pavement of the roads or the asphalt of certain trails. I remember traveling to the King's Canyon/Sequoia Parks in the late 80s and wanting to get out of the car and walk, walk, walk. Smell the trees, touch the fauna, but the person ...more
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Sep 11, 2012 Jeff Dawson rated it liked it
Travel Guide Warning!!

I'm not sure what to think about this short essay. I went to Yosemite many years ago and enjoyed the visit. Yes, there was a lot of traffic and the place was packed with tourists; after all, it is a tourist facility.

If you're planning on visiting, don't read this travel guide:I'm serious. Jeri Walker paints a very unflattering picture of this natural treasure and all of its wonders. Seriously, I think the only part of the trip she and her husband enjoyed was leaving. After
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Truth really is stranger than fiction, and it’s a long damn story. Jeri Walker’s short stories, creative nonfiction, and psychological novels (in progress) show the influence of being raised by a bipolar mother in the eccentric North Idaho mining town of Wallace as well as the trauma of being abandoned by her Jekyll-and-Hyde ex-husband whom she fell in love with while working in Yellowstone ...more
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