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


Every August as the heat waves roll through, I start dreaming about Autumn. I know it's a bit early, but its my favorite season. I know its only a matter of time before we start getting that fresh crisp air, changing leaves, pumpkin everything, cozy sweaters, and warm pies fresh out of the oven. Autumn is also a great time to travel to the mountains. We live in the Carolinas and enjoy frequent drives and hikes to the surrounding blue ridge mountain area. In Autumn, we're always trying to catch those beautiful multi-colored leaves before they fall to the ground. These local trips to the mountains are basically what has replaced our bigger travels since the pandemic. But right before the world was flipped upside down with Covid, I got the chance to take a solo ... read more
Yosemite Valley Chapel and Autumn colors
Autumn Views in Yosemite
Autumn trails

My best and only travel buddy sent me an excerpt from an article he read in the Wall Street Journal. He said it applies perfectly to me. Wanderlust is a beautiful state of being! WSJ: One section explains "in many ways having traveled is far superior to actual traveling. Most of us travel in search of a story , but the pleasure of shaping the narrative comes only in retrospect -- usually within some quiet place back home, The helps explain why so many of the world's best travel writers have, paradoxically , also embraced long sessions off the road".So, yes, I agree, it does apply to me. And I do write daily blogs about our trips. But the greatest joy comes from family and friends who ask about our trips, past and ... read more
More wanderlust
What Is Wanderlust?

Lauren and I went to Yosemite for a week,. Drove and stayed in two airbnbs. One inside the valley/park one down more south in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Incredible and spectacular. My favourite place for scenery. Yosemite National Park is famed for its giant, ancient sequoia trees, and for Tunnel View, the iconic vista of towering Bridalveil Fall and the granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome.... read more

This was going to be my first vacation in two years. I usually like to plan my trips, but this one wasn't. My flight to San Jose was supposed to take off at five in the morning. I fell asleep while seated and woke up more than an hour later only to find the plane still grounded. The flight was delayed by more than two hours. By the time I got to San Jose, I was under-slept and tired. I just had some food and went to sleep. The next day was going to be exciting. The next morning, I had a freak accident. I sneezed not very violently, but somehow managed to pull my back muscle - very badly - so bad that I had trouble moving initially. I struggled to get dressed and saw ... read more

" When we get out of the glass bottle of our ego and when we escape like the squirrels in the cage of our personality and get into the forest again, we shall shiver with cold and fright. But things will happen to us so that we don't know ourselves. Cool, unifying life will rush in." D.H.Lawrence. Routing: A series of highways and byways. Las Vegas to Visalia. Then to Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks. Distance: 779 km. Total distance to date: 1985 km. After the frenetic noise and crazy sort of debauchery of Vegas, it was time for some real therapeutic peace and stillness. With this in mind we slipped out of this mind boggling city in the desert with GPS devices set for an RV Park at Visalia CA which would put us in ... read more

The morning dawned clear & bright, Glacier Point road was still closed when we drove past se we decided to walk there instead. We drove into Yosemite Valley & parked up at Four-Mile Trailhead. This was down as one of the more strenuous day hikes in the Yosemite, but the other one we were looking at, up Yosemite falls, was described as a "Stairmaster workout" so we opted for this one instead! It turned out to be less bad than we feared, most of the trail isn't too steep, despite going up a very steep mountain side, as it zip-zags so much. Plus we stopped loads to admire the stunning views that greeted us with every turn. We took so many photos of the vally, of Yosemite Falls, and of Half Dome all fromslightly different angles ... read more
Four mile trail
Yosemite Falls
Royal Arches in Yosemite Valley

Up to grab a quick tea/coffee from the lobby then back to the room to make sandwiches (peanut butter as we had no fridge) before setting off into Yosemite Valley to hike the Mist Train up to the Vernal and Nevada Falls. We got there early enough that there was plent of parking at the trailhead then headed off, out plan to hike up the Mist Trail and back down the John Muir Trail, making it a loop walk, was scuppered as the upper portion of the John Muir Trail was closed still! The perils of holidaying in the mountians at the start of the season... Lots of tourists on the lower part of the trail, some only going as far as the Vernal Falls Footbridge (first views of the falls), many going up the Mist ... read more
Vernal Falls
Half Dome & Nevada Falls
Yosemite Valley from Tunnel View

Finally we reached our must see bucket list item for this trip, Yosemite National Park. The 6-hour drive up from Monterey was uneventful, but a little nerve racking during some of the journey; like driving the RV on CA-120's steep switch-back turns up the mountain to Groveland, our 3-day RV home. The RV park sits upon a former gold rush mining encampment aptly named Second Garrote after making a habit of hanging its law breaking residents. The hangman's tree sort of remains in front of the park along with a state historic marker detailing its proud history. I can sure pick'em... Anyway history aside, the park is really nice, quiet, and remote enough to receive wildlife visitors like deer and wild turkeys. The former mining town of Groveland proudly houses California's longest continuously run tavern, The ... read more
Beautiful El Capitan
Walk to Falls
Yosemite Sign

Notre détour pour voir les séquoias géants nous permettait aussi de voir le Parc National de Yosemite reconnu pour ses montagnes et ses chutes. La journée de notre visite, le ciel était nuageux et vers l'heure du midi la pluie est tombée rendant le haut des montagnes caché par la brûme. Cet endroit reçoit près de 4 millions de visiteurs par année, nous étions surpris de voir le nombre d'autos circuler sur les routes étroites et sinueuses. A chaque endroit intéressant il y avait un manque de stationnement. De longues files d'attente aux endroits de travaux routiers, en bref, une longue journée de zigzags très épuisante! Quelques belles photos montrant les montagnes imposantes et les chutes pleines d'eau. Bonne visite!... read more

Spencer's Mum, Sue, died on 16 May 2017. We are returning a week earlier than planned, but won't be blogging any more. Sue had a real zest for life and had been all over the world. We think she would be pleased that we were in this beautiful place, remembering her with love.... read more

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