Blogs from Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California, United States, North America

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Left early today so we could find parking at Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Hiked trail through old forest, saw a sequoia estimated to be 1,800 years old called The Grizzly Giant, the California Tunnel Tree (cut in 1895 to allow horse-drawn stages to pass through), the Faithful Couple (two large trees fused together at their base and sharing the same root system, remain clearly seperated above. The Bachelor and Three Graces is another example of four different trees sharing the same root system. Drove on to Tuolumne Meadows but rain moved in and we turned back to camp. Seeing Yosemite requires a lot of driving and riding. Long day, had to refresh at El Cid Mexican Restaurant in Oakhurst. Highly recommended if you like Mexican food.... read more
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We returned to Nicely's restaurant up the street from our hotel for breakfast, they opened at 7am so we were on the doorstep at 7.05 am ( didn't want to appear too eager!) in order to get breakfast and on the road as early as possible. The service was great and by 7.25 am we had the car loaded and were on our way. Yosemite - here we come! I've been waiting for this day for so long! Within minutes of setting off we were on Tioga Pass, the main pass that leads to the Park and through it. The Pass twisted and turned it's way up the mountain climbing higher and higher, with each turn the scenery just kept getting better and better. There were lots of places to pull over and take a good ... read more
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Restaurant halfway up Tioga Pass
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Before I start my tale of the day, I want to ensure you know that this blog service doesn’t necessarily show all my images in the body of the blog. Often some of the images are further down, below the advertising, at the end of the writing. I don’t like this and will probably not use this service again in the future, but will keep using it on this trip for convenience. —————————————————————— Yosemite Valley is a marvellous sight. Every direction you look there is a view that is unique, not only in the valley, but, to my knowledge, unique to anywhere else in the world. If you haven’t been to Yosemite and walked some of the valley trails, I think you should put it on your bucket list. You won’t be sorry. After two false ... read more
People at Vernal Fall bridge
Half Dome
Upper Yosemite Falls


The plan was to walk to Sentinel Dome, but snow and ice overnight meant they had closed the Glacier Point Road - bummer! So instead after some advice from a ranger, we decided to hike the Mirror Lake Loop. It was supposed to be 2 hours, but in true Gary fashion we turned it into a 4 hour hike. Still, it was amazing...you just never get sick of craning your neck to see how high the surrounding peaks are. Mirror Lake had some ripples on it, but was still incredibly clear. It is interesting that Americans come to NZ and wax lyrical about our views, when they have this on their back doorstep. In my view, as beautiful as anything in NZ. Thee was a heap of dung on the trail, at first we thought it ... read more
A rare shot without traffic...
Hugging a tree...
Half Dome


Most peoples' main association with Yosemite National Park seems to be that that's where Yogi the Bear came from. Not true: he came from Yellowstone National Park or to be more precise: "Jellystone". On the other hand what Yosemite does have is actual bears. When I think of Yosemite I think of the magnificent photos of Ansel Adams the famous American photographer of the mid-20th century whose black and white pictures taken around the park are hyper-real, textural and intense - of skies, forests and most especially giant granite cliffs, waterfalls, lakes and mountains. Maria Chiara and I had one evening, one day and one morning in the park and we had a wonderful experience. After a long drive coming from the south (where we had inevitably lingered slightly too long at a vineyard tasting) we ... read more
El Capitan
A bear repellent rock
Vernal Falls

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6.30am We woke up, Deer family outside the bedroom window! Went upstairs to the main house where Joe had cooked us the all American breakfast, cinnamon waffles, eggs, bacon sausage. Delicious. Have put on about 10lbs in weight, in 3 days. Baron went out on to the balcony after breakfast fed the deer some waffles. 10.00am We set off for Yosemite and it was a beautiful drive, we took the 120 hwy which had only been reopened the day before. As we got nearer to Yosemite we could see some of the fire damage. Over 250,000 acres have been burnt. It is a huge area. When we got further in the views of rocks the valleys were amazing! We got in to the National park area and took an internal bus to the visitor centre. We ... read more
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Balcony Area
Baron playing with Cubby


I am being slightly lazy in that I'm going to combine today and yesterday's blog into one so I hope you can all forgive me for that. Kit has asked me to voice his displeasure at some of the comments I have been making about him, so now I have mentioned that I have another quality comment from Kit. Dad had just said to Fred that he could be the one to introduce Smooth 70s radio to Franklin House when he starts at Canford to which Kit pipes up, no Joe already listens to 80s and 90s music! Once again, Idiot! Now that is out of the way I will proceed with an account of yesterday's activities. We rose slightly later than anticipated meaning that a hike in the national park would have to be postponed ... read more
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We made it to Yosemite today. Todd’s early rise enabled us to cross the park entrance gate just after 10:00 am, so we had a lot of time to drive through the scenic roads and explore the visitor center. In a word, the biggest first impression the park made was rock. Massive, unyielding, monoliths dominate the landscape in ways not even the Grand Tetons did. These glacier-formed, almost white, sloping mounts border the eastern entrance to the park on almost every turn. The well-known El Capitan and Half Dome were visible almost our entire drive from the eastern entrance into the valley. A drive that Todd and I agreed was the most harrowing we have undertaken so far. I am not exaggerating when I say that we did not experience any stretch of straight road longer ... read more
Yosemite Traffic
Welcome to Yosemite
Let the turns begin


Jadąc do parku narodowego Yosemite byliśmy przygotowani na uroczą dolinę otoczoną górami, jaką można znaleźć choćby w Polsce. Zastaliśmy jednak kolejny cud przyrody – dolinę otoczoną ze wszystkich stron skalnymi ścianami, pełną zieleni i uroczych wodospadów. Wspaniałe miejsce na spędzenie niedzieli – najpierw 3-godzinna wyprawa pod wodospad Yosemite a następnie leżakowanie nad rzeką Merced :) Z parku wyjeżdżaliśmy tzw. Tioga Road, która dostarczyła nam kolejnych spektakularnych widoków – wijąca się wśród skał i rzek, z maksymalną wysokością 3,031m (najwyższy szczyt w naszym życiu J). Po drodze udało nam się zobaczyć prawdziwego niedźwiedzia (!), który jednak nie dał się sfotografować i szybko czmychnął w las. Yosemite polecamy każdemu! /// Yosemite National Park was another great point of our trip – wonderful im... read more
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Sorry for the lack of updates. We didn't have internet access whilst we were in Yosemite and have only just acquired it now we have arrived in Las Vegas. We left San Francisco on Monday and on our way out of the city, we drove down the famous winding Lombard street that has been in various films etc. Our hotel was located just outside of the Yosemite national park entrance and had a great view of the Merced river that flows through the park. The park covers over 3000 square km with numerous peaks and valleys providing spectacular views. We went rafting down the river and were able to enjoy the views whilst drifting on the water. The flow was generally slow moving, although it did get a little more lively at some points which was ... read more
Yosemite Lake
Coyote or Wolf - we didn't ask
Sunset




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