Possibly the only place that we knew we would definitely visit whilst in California was Yosemite National Park. I tracked down one of my old college friends who lives about an hour and a half from Yosemite so we arrange to meet him on the weekend and as he’s keen for some walking, do a day hiking together in the Park.
The benefit of meeting my friend is that he drives us into the park, which is quicker and easier than taking the RV, the down side is that at the weekend the park is (as expected) pretty busy, but I’m actually surprised at how well the traffic flows and we find a parking space at the end of the valley without too much hassle.
There aren’t that many shortish hikes you can do in the Yosemite valley this early in the season. We opt for the Vernal/Nevada falls hike which is only about 3 miles long and considered to be moderately hard as it has about 1000ft of ascent, which suits our moderately athletic party. The walk doesn’t disappoint, and though we don’t exactly have the place to ourselves, it’s not hard to see why something like 5
million visitors a year come here - the scenery is absolutely magnificent. I can’t think of anywhere else I’ve been that is anything like it.
Our hike takes us quite near “Half Dome” and you can’t help but see the famous “El Capitan” as you drive right past it on the way into the valley. As it’s Spring it’s a very good time to see the waterfalls here in all their glory. As well as the impressive Vernal and Nevada falls we see the famous Yosemite falls and the Bridal Veil falls, which are 2 of the highest waterfalls anywhere in the world.
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