Half Domoe, Vernal & Nevada Falls
We got up early, packed up, filled our flaskes, checked out & heading up Glacier Point Road to Washburn Point to have breakast, not quite at sunrise, but pretty early. It was stunning. we then headed to Glacier Point to see if the first rays of sun on Upper Yosemite Falls would produce a rainbow, but alas no. Pretty awesome watching the light creep round, hit just the spray & then the whole falls. We then hiked up to Sentinel Dome to admire the views from there, passing some cute chipmunks playing on route. We even climbed (& slipped) over the snow to get to the summit - the one time our yak-trax crampons would have been useful & we'd left them in the car! Up top it felt like we were on top of the world!
As we headed out of the park we realised we were dangerously low on fuel so put a little of the expensive stuff in at Wawona then toppred up fully in Oakhurst, lamenting out lack of foresight in failing to top up when there the previous evening! Chavuanne took me a lovely little back route from Oakhurst to route 99, we pulled up
in a layby to eat our lunch before we left the foothills for the plains. We passed lots of stump-bears (as we called blackened stumps that at first glance could be bears!) & orange groves. We stopped at a roadside store to pick up some fresh oranges and strawberries, both some of the tastiest I've ever had.
When we reached Monterey Bay we stopped off at Moss Landing to look up where we was best to sea otters & just down the road rom where we stopped was a lady taking photos of one snoozing just below us in the harbour! So cute! So close! We then headed a short way up Route 1 to Elkhorn Slough State Wildlife Area where a short walk gave us stunning views of more sea otters than I could keep count of plus several waders and seals!
After a long time watching the otters frolicking and feeding in the estuary we turned down Route 1 (easier said than done with the traffic!) & headed into Monterey to our guesthouse in Pacific Grove. After checking in we did a little research into local restaurants then walked down
Lighthouse Avenue to see what they looked like & stopped by the store to get some more luncheon supplies, & wine! Being so close to Mexico we had to try one of the local mexican restaurants & ended up at Peppers Mexicali Cafe - good veggie options and delicious food! Good cocktails too, first alcohol we had on this holiday! After gorging ourselves we waddled back to the hotel, on the way surpring a mule deer eating someone's garden!
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