Blogs from Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California, United States, North America - page 2


I took the Yart bus from Mariposa to Yosemite. At 6:15 a.m.. So I arrived arround 8 a.m. in the Park. The sun was shining, but it was still cold. I decided to hike to the lower Yosemite Fall. It is an easy trail. Before I reached the Fall, I saw several deers. One was such two meters away. The others 100 meters away. If you want to take a photo of the Fall, you stand in water mist. There was a rainbow beyond the Fall. After that I walked throgh the valley and took the Visitor shuttle bus to stop 16 and started another trail. Now it got warmer. I hiked to Vernal Fall (1538 m). Directly to Vernal Fall the trail is called Mist trail and you get a lot of water from the ... read more
Yosemite Fall

When we embarked on a year of travelling, we expected to have some unusual accommodation. We were fully prepared for sleeping in tents and caravans, hotels and youth hostels. We expected some really comfortable places and some places less so. We were grateful for all of the friends, family and friends of friends and family who had offered us a place to stay. What we didn't expect was to stay in a retirement community. However, we were profoundly grateful when Mike and Kathy, who we had first met in San Francisco, offered us their late mother's home in Mariposa for a few nights. We didn't really know what to expect but we though it would be sedate and gentle. You can imagine our surprise when we were woken in the early morning by loud punk music ... read more
Half Dome and the Merced River
Bridal Veil Falls
Sentinel Beach

Geo: 37.7163, -119.665I woke up the next morning around our usual time in the 7 o'clock hour. Arya sleeps like clockwork- in bed at night about 6pm and up by 8am at the latest. Even on vacation. First things first, I made my coffee. They had a coffee pot but I stuck to my Via since it was faster. I walked outside on the icy porch with my mug- the sun was coming out and it was a beautiful day. =D Lucky us- earlier in the week it was snow storming. We all ate breakfast and then packed up in the car for a day trip to Yosemite Valley.As we pulled up to the park entrance (only about fifteen minutes up the road) we saw people putting chains on their tires already. Looks like chain control ... read more
Morning Coffee
Chain Control at the Park Entrance
Very Icy Road

We came to this place & it was Beautiful. Only problem was the million other people that came too! I would hate to see what's it's like during their peak period. Never never take for granted the uncrowded conditions of our Australia. We climbed up the top of the falls which took about 4 hours. Difficult climb but worth the view at the top. Coming down was tough on the knees. Bit proppy at the end! I will let the pics tell the story........... read more

Today my trip would be half over. Every day after today I would be closer to home. I reluctantly left Ocean Front hostel in San Diego as it was the best hostel I would stay at on this trip. Traffic was light considering what I was expecting for Southern California and I made good time all the way to the base of mountain near Yosemite. At this point the roads narrow and go up a winding mountain route. I lowered the gear on my car and drove very slowly up the mountain. It was slow going and the roads were slippery because it had started to snow. I got to Yosemite hostel and checked in. It was deserted as the one in St Louis and I was informed they weren't expecting any tourist until a few ... read more

Geo: 37.7163, -119.665We got up early, hopped onto Wawona Road, and headed down into the Valley. The early morning was fairly clear, and it was quickly evident there were a lot less tourists than usual. Which is a blessing when the weather is rainy. People just lose their brains when the water falls from the sky. And Yosemite can get VERY congested with traffic and people. So this was an awesome change! I rarely get to be there when there are so few people about. =DWe first stopped at the Bridge Tunnel View and got some great shots of the valley before the clouds took over. Then we hiked up to Lower Yosemite Falls. Normally, I would never call it a hike- it's an easy walk on pavement, and it's just insulting to say it's more ... read more
Valley from Inspiration Point, and Us
The Valley from Inspiration Point, and Us
Daddy and Baby

We've lived in California for more than 6 years now until this weekend hadn't made it to Yosemite Valley for a visit. This park is one of the most incredible natural wonders of the world, and we took full advantage of the weekend with refreshing hikes, amazing scenery, and food and accommodations at a world class lodge - the Ahwahnee.... read more

Retour au Yosemite National Park pour finir la viste. Malheureusement nous sommes hors saison, il faut donc imaginer les cascades tombant de ces falaises de plus de 900m de haut !... read more

Tuesday 29th We stock up with food, drink and fuel as we leave the camp site having learnt to do so while we can. We head off on the 41 towards Fresno and decide to take a look at the place. As we approach Fresno the road network's not as per our map and before we know what's happened we're at a spaghetti junction and on the road to Kings Canyon. Goodbye Fresno ! We plow on and cross open fields and lots of fruit growing areas. The road up to Kings Canyon is another tight winding road and we get the odd glimpse of the valleys below. Eventually we arrive at the rangers station and get into the park. We pull into the first camp ground we see and find it's really empty. We get ... read more
General Grant tree
Breakfast in the rain
Zumwalt Meadow Kings Canyon

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