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Published: July 18th 2011
I got up at 7am and went for my morning run. Decided to go to my left which was a mistake as after a few hundred yards the road turned into a steep hill which I really struggled to run so I decided to turn around after 1.5 k and ran downhill instead. Anyway, whatever goes down…goes up so I had to run uphill again on my way back. I still managed a 4.8k although I must admit I struggled a lot.
At about 9am we drove through Tioga Pass, by the east entrance of Yosemite national Park and made our way up and down the Yosemite Valley. Needless to say it is amazing. The views from the different viewpoints along the road are stunning. The Tuolumne meadows, the Tenaya Lake were incredible. We finally arrived at Yosemite Valley at about 11 and it was very very busy. We wanted to do a couple of trails but it took us about one hour to find a parking slot and we got really fed up. We couldn’t find any spaces at Curry village so we drove to Yosemite village which for some reason was less busy.
and got the shuttle bus to stop 17 to go to the Mirror Lake. It’s definitely worth seeing. The trail is very easy, just about 2 miles and you can either hike it to the east or walk it on the road west of the lake. At this time of the year the Mirror Lake was quite dry so the reflections of the half dome that are supposed to be stunning, weren’t as good as expected but still worth the little walk. What we had more fun with was crossing the creek from one side to another. We found a spot were the water seemed shallower and crossed it but gosh, the water was freezing!
After the Mirror Lake we went to see some of the falls, Bridevail fall and Yosemite fall where you can also see El Capitan.
Then we sat down to have a drink and decided to call it a day and made our way towards San Francisco. It was a pleasant drive down the valley with some more breathtaking views along the way. We stopped in Oakdale to get a few things in the supermarket and then just outside Escalon we spotted a vintage cars
exhibition that looked so cool that we decided to stop to have a look.
There were some fantastic vintage cars there and the Hula’s dinner, a cute typical American dinner decorated with their local sports team pride and the cluttered walls of memorabilia. They had more than 15 different types of burger so following the waitress recommendation, I had the cowboy burger which turned to be an excellent choice. And we didn’t bother ordering desserts as they offer complementary ice cream. Really nice.
We set off again and decided not to make it all the way to Frisco but to stay in Oakland instead which is only 8 mile east of San Francisco. We found a comfort inn motel and we managed to get a room, which was very nice and very modern, the room even had a lcd tv, yes that seems to be quite a difficult thing to find in a mid-range hotel in America! The motel also had a jacuzzi and sauna so we ended up the day by relaxing in the sauna getting ready for a good night sleep before hitting the streets of San Francisco.
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