Best town to live in close to Yosemite


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Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Mar 18, 2013 - 05:31pm PT
Yeah, NPS jobs are hold right now but even if they weren't, they do not specifically use CPA's for budgeting or accounting purposes. Most budget folk in the NPS came up from the ground floor.
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Mar 18, 2013 - 05:35pm PT
I look at properties around yosemite on the internet, just daydreaming abotu where I want to live. I see lots of stuff for sale up in Tuolomne County, looks like an hour or so north of El Portal. Otherwise you can wait for something to open up in Mariposa. Ideal if you can find a telecommuting job. I'm glad there's no huge cities next to Yosemite.

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Mar 18, 2013 - 05:41pm PT,_California

this just in

north fork
Mar 18, 2013 - 05:44pm PT
North Fork.



Yuuup. Bottom line, you gotta be a total badass to live here though. Probably why minus jr had to move away.

Social climber
Butterfly Town
Mar 18, 2013 - 05:51pm PT
I like Mariposa for its small-town ambiance and it's about an hour to the Valley. It has the best winter access to the Valley with Hwy 140, so except during storms, one could climb all year in the Valley, keeping to the north side of the Valley during the winter.

I KNOW there's need for good and reasonably priced accountants here, tho you might be able to hook into a larger firm elsewhere and do the work by telecommuting if you don't need "city-fixes" too often. There's a lot going on here in this small town in spring and summer, but it gets kinda quiet during the winter.

Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
Mar 18, 2013 - 05:52pm PT
Lost Sandwiches


EastSide & West Side
Weather is great
Barney's Beanery
The Beach
Cheaper world flights out of LAX
Money is fairly abundant
Quality food is highly abundant
No football team to worry about in the NFL standings
Movie Stars
Swimming pools
The Pasadena Scene
The Silverlake Scene
The West Side Scene
The Valley Scene

most of all

Stoney Point, where legends are born.
Jeremy Ross

Gym climber
Mar 18, 2013 - 06:04pm PT

Mar 18, 2013 - 02:44pm PT

North Fork.



Yuuup. Bottom line, you gotta be a total badass to live here though. Probably why minus jr had to move away

Bottom line: some of us set forth and conquer new lands. Some of us rest on our laurels. ;)


Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
Mar 18, 2013 - 06:13pm PT
No Modesto votes?

The Granite State.
Mar 18, 2013 - 06:31pm PT
I had an axle fail near Groveland one time. We had to find a place to stay while the repairs were made. The only place that would accept dogs was the trailer park across from the market. We stayed there for three nights while the mechanic continually tried to rip us off. We had everything stolen that wasn't locked up or bolted down.

The mechanic was trying to tax us heavily on the work. 3x markup on a new axle. My brother, being a mechanic, got on his phone and sourced the part for the 1/3 price. We returned to the mechanic and asked if he would install a part that we supplied. Dude got red in the face, threatened me, and asked me if I'd bring my own steak to a steak dinner, his words. He refused to let us take the vehicle to a different shop. Things ended well when my younger brother, who is much larger than me, said what needed to be said.

Long story short, we vanquished the methheads, threatened the mechanic, went down the road to a reputable mechanic, not the AAA garage, and limped the vehicle back to Truckee.

On our second night in weirdtown, we went to the Iron Door. My brother and I were in the company of beautiful women, and by the end of the night, some old drunk a-hole threatened to kill me if I didn't let him speak privately with my girlfriend.

Keep on driving when you hit Groveland.

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Mar 18, 2013 - 06:31pm PT
I'm from the Fresno-Visalia area. Class was cancelled Monday so I went to the valley for the afternoon, climbed in solitude, had a snack in el cap meadow and was home in time to get some stuff done. Friday I bouldered all afternoon in perfect weather. Saturday I went to the valley again just to show a friend around. Sunday I climbed in Sequoia in solitude.

It's almost time for world class whitewater. I get to share the road with tractors. Great river fishing. Spent last weekend at the coast for a change of scenery. I play in water all summer and the snow all winter. You get part of your daily calorie intake from the air.

I love the central valley. Think about it...


Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 18, 2013 - 06:34pm PT
No Modesto votes?

There's always a smartazz in the crowd.
KP Ariza

Mar 18, 2013 - 06:41pm PT




Sacto Valley towns so desparate that you'll maximize your time in YNP.


Trad climber
Oaksterdam, CA
Mar 18, 2013 - 06:42pm PT
I make it to the valley floor in three hours from Oakland. Tuolumne is about 3:50, 3 hours to Tahoe. I live in a beautiful forested canyon that is a half mile from the freeway, 10 minutes from downtown, 20-30 minutes from San Fran. The weather is soo nice here almost year round, the cuisine is world class, the culture is multifaceted, the economy is great.

I could never live in Fresno, just one big strip mall and suburban sprawl. And yes, many days out of the year it smells like sh#t. Like many have said, if the main attraction to living in Fresno is the valley, why not move closer to the valley?? I'll take one extra hour of driving thanks!

PS- I have love for all my Fresno peeps, I'm just an elitist a-hole :)


Trad climber
Mar 18, 2013 - 06:52pm PT
Isn't the new University of California In Merced? I always figured a good university makes for a good town - though it may take time for the town to grow up.

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Mar 18, 2013 - 07:04pm PT
Oh ya, don't believe drive times from anyone in the bay area. Just a heads up, it's a running joke in the rest of the state.

"I can go skiing in two point five hours" Hahahahahhhaaa!

Maybe everyone there just drives a porche in the middle of the night on weekdays with no highway patrol?

Trad climber
minneapolis, mn
Mar 18, 2013 - 07:07pm PT
I like Markleeville and June Lake.
KP Ariza

Mar 18, 2013 - 07:08pm PT

you're wrong man. roadways are free flowing here for the most part. Unlike the rest of the state.
Bruce Morris

Social climber
Belmont, California
Mar 18, 2013 - 07:16pm PT
Atwater - a definite choice for an impoverished Central Valley crankster mecca. Low rent. Low lifes. Since they closed the B52 base everything is shuttered and falling down. All the off-base military contractors that used to work there got fired, only first they had kids. A whole generation of hookers and pimps. Plenty of bargains strolling around town. Lots of overt anger and repressed rage. A place that will never come back. But 1-hour drive to Yosemite makes it a dirt bagger's destination of choice.

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Mar 18, 2013 - 07:17pm PT
I don't know KP, I lived in Tahoe for two years and had to go to the Bay area a lot. I'm a fast driver, I never make stops and I still couldn't come close to the numbers everyone was giving me when I was working the lifts or repairing their gear.

When I lived in Stockton it took longer to get to the valley than the SF climbers I'd meet.

I could be wrong, I usually am, but I know lots of people who noticed the glitch in bay area clocks ;-)
lars johansen

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Mar 18, 2013 - 07:53pm PT
I'm thinkin' San Francisco.

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