Published: September 23rd 2011September 21st 2011
I got up and left John’s at 6am and made my way to the pickup point for my tour today, which was a few blocks away at the Best Western Hotel. My tour for today was for Yosemite National Park.
I made it to the hotel just in time – 6:45am, where I was picked up by tour guide Rick, a Brazillian and we set off. It would be a long, four-hour journey to the park.
On the way, we stopped for lunch at a supermarket, where I bought some water and got myself some tacos from El Taco across the parking lot. We then proceeded to head through to the entrance of the National Park, up a series of windy, twisty roads, seeing some eagles soar over the hills.
First of all, we visited the Redwoods section with the Giant Sequoia’s. These trees were huge! Some of them bearing tunnels underneath them, and one of which was tipped over, where you could see through the trunk.
That wasn’t going to be it, though. The best part was still to come. We shortly descended into Yosemite valley; the views were absolutely stunning. I’ve seen a lot of beauty in my travels, and this is quite beyond spectacular. We saw El Capitan and Half Dome, and even some rock climbers here on some of the tremendously high cliff faces.
I became acquainted and up close with a squirrel at lunch time. I watched it as it looked around for food. You're not allowed to feed the animals here - it carries a fine.
It started to become cloudy and we were soon out of here. Great timing! I’ve had a great day, and definitely want to be back again.
I had some nachos on the way back to San Francisco as we stopped by the mall again, then it was back to John’s, who said he couldn’t host me anymore, but he was able to get his best friend to do it for me, so I walked over there and made a new friend, named Heath, and this is where I would spend the next two nights, in a fancy apartment.