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  • Day69

    Das Yosemite National Park

    June 1 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    Aui muass i! 😀 Wir wandern vom Yosemite Valley zu den Upper Yosemite Falls, dann weiter zum Eagle Peak und rüber auf die kahle Kuppe des El Capitan. 🏞 Knapp 2200 Höhenmeter und 29 Kilometer Strecke 💪, aber die grandiose Aussicht war jede Mühe wert.Read more

    Anna Moschen

    Wow!!! Für so eine tolle Tour hat uns damals leider die Zeit gefehlt! Schaut unglaublich aus von oben!

  • Day181


    June 15 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Yosemite was the third National Park to be inducted, and what a wonder it is. Laying in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, Yosemite was formed around 11 million when the fault was forced upwards creating deep and narrow granite valleys. About one million years ago glaciers formed at higher elevations which eventually melted and moved downslope, cutting and sculpting the U-shaped valleys we see today, rich with flora and fauna on the valley floor.

    We walked down into the valley to loop around the bottom of Yosemite falls and then a very steep path to see the top half of the falls, which is apparently the tallest waterfall in North America. Pretty impressive and when the wind gets going it blows all the water off course. After lunch we walked further down the valley to sit in the El Capitan meadows and watch the climbers up on the Nose, one of the climbing Holy Grail routes for those who like Big Walls. It's a grueling 3-5 day climb which means sleeping on little improvised platforms attached to the wall. You have to take all your food and water up with you and bring it all back down as well. Not for the faint hearted. We sat for about an hour and could see a few groups slowly making their way up.

    Our second day in Yosemite we headed over to the Tuolumne Meadows. Sitting on a plateau above the Yosemite Valley it is a little cooler and the Alpine meadows have some stunning scenery. We took a trail up to Dog lake and hardly saw any other people the entire 10km trip, very different from our day down in the valley. It was the first time that we were a bit scared to meet a hungry bear on the walk! We managed to get a view down into the Valley from above to see a different aide of the iconic Half Dome mountain.
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    Gaëlle Huitric

    i saw just one..n

    Gaëlle Huitric

    seems very happy indeed in a place like that I would be happy too 😀

    Jessica Duran

    I can only see one for sure. Can't tell if others are there or if it's just shadow.

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  • Day19

    Yosemiti Valley

    May 20 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Nachdem wie befürchtet schmalen Frühstück sind wir in den Supermarkt und haben uns für den Tag im Yosemiti und das nächste Frühstück versorgt. Ganz entspannt sind wir dann ins Yosemiti Valley gefahren, 60 km. Sehr viel (kaputter) Wald, Kurven und Berge, ab und zu ein Wasserfall. Unterwegs endlich mal Gelegenheit zum Picknick, schattig und am Fluss. Perfekt, nur schade das gerade da die volle Kühlbox (Styropor) im Sand zerbrochen ist. Nun war Kampfessen angesagt😅.
    In mehreren NPs hatten wir gute Erfahrungen mit den kostenlosen Shuttlebussen gemacht, aber hier... Seit 2 Wochen brauchten wir keine Masken mehr, nun schon. Nach einer halben Stunde waren wir noch keine 2km vom Start entfernt. Wenn wir standen, dann standen wir. Die Busfahrerin nahm ihre Handtasche und ging fort, kam nach 5 Minuten wieder und fuhr nicht los😂. Dann hat sie ein Schild umgefahren, ist ausgestiegen hat es wieder aufgestellt und ist wieder stehen geblieben. Wie sassen 1,5 Stunden im Bus. Irgendwann hat es uns gereicht und wir sind raus. Von dort ging ein Trail zu einem Wasserfall und das war wirklich eine sehr schöne Wanderung. Der Shuttle zurück hat prima geklappt.
    Wir hatten noch eine sonnige Pause am Capitan. Die Felswand ragt fast 1000m aus dem Talboden und ist der Kletterspot. Viele Leute starrten mit Ferngläsern die Wand an und mit ein bisschen Hilfe entdeckten wir in der Wand auch das rote Zelt und den Kletterer.
    Vor dem nächsten Hotel waren wir schon gewarnt und es war auch komisch. Kein WiFi, Zimmer düster und abgewohnt. Sch nell abhaken, die Lage war wenigstens gut.
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    Kristine Schmitt

    War das vielleicht Bates Motel?

    Jutta Urlau

    Nein, die Cedar Lodge am Westeingang.

  • Day49

    Dag 46, Yosemite valley

    June 13 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Om 6:00 is het blijkbaar go time, het lijkt erop dat de hele backpack camping opeens wakker is. Ik blijf nog even liggen maar niet veel later pak ik mijn spullen ook maar in.

    Ik ga eerst even een ontbijtje regelen en dan het busschema bekijken. In de vallei is een gratis bus die je naar allerlei hoeken in het park kan brengen. Ik wil het vandaag rustig aan doen, het is een vrije dag voor mij. Dus ik houd het bij korte wandeling zonder al te veel hoogtemeters.

    Eerste stop is El Capitan. Ik spot een vijftal klimmers op de vrijwel verticale bergwand. Ik ga er eens rustig voor zitten en kijk hoe deze gasten zich een weg naar boven banen. Ik blijf een half uurtje, het omhoog staren voor lange tijd is niet goed voor je nek klaarblijkelijk 😉.

    Ander hoogtepunt is Yosemite falls, een enorme waterval. Wat me minder aanstaat zijn de hoeveelheid mensen. Maar ja, daar had ik me al een beetje op ingesteld.

    Ik maak nog wat korte stops in de vallei en bezoek het museum. Al met al een geslaagde dag.

    Net voordat ik kamp maak komt er nog even beer een bezoekje brengen. Hij lijkt geen interesse te hebben in de kampeerders en blijft op een goede afstand. Cool om de eerste beer te zien deze trip.

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  • Day18

    Day 18 & 19 - Yosemite National Park

    September 28, 2021 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    One of the most anticipated parks for me also happened to be the hardest to navigate in and around, although visually stunning. We arrived in Yosemite in the afternoon after a long drive from LA, feeling weary. Even after arriving at the entrance gates it was an hour further to the visitor centre, wending our way up and then back down the precipitous mountain sides. Tunnel View gave us the quintessential Yosemite Valley vista: El Capitan and Half Dome facing each other like duelling giants over a wide carpet of evergreens and the winding Merced River.

    The two days were spent trying to navigate around the park, scenic lookouts, short hikes, a picnic and nap at the base of El Capitan. We drove uo to Glacier Point for a spactacular sunset lookout over the Valley. The sinking sun set the granite monolith that is Half Dome on fire, bathing its impossibly sheer surface in oranges and pinks amd finally blues.

    Day two we hiked a 6 mile round trip through the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias. Their names: Bachelor and 3 Graves, Grizzly Giant, Clothespin Tree, California Tunnel and many more imaginative (and less so) things. The ground and forest was so dry, filling our noses and mouths with a gritty plume every step. Evidence of previous fires were scattered throughout the grove - twisted, blackened stumps interspersed throughout the ponderosa pines and redwoods. Fire seems like the forest's enemy, but much like eucalyptus, giant sequoias rely on 'cool', regular fires to clear ground debris, provide soil nutrients and crack the cones for new growth. It's a beautiful parable of fire as a regenerative tool, much as our Master Crafter purifies and molds us.

    Our hike was surprisingly exhausting, perhaps a combination of the elevation change, higher altitides and nearly 3 weeks of similar stuff. It was this afternoon we spread out our tarps and blankets, strung a hammock and rested in the shade of mighty 'El Cap'. I can't imagine David having rock slabs quite this impressive so how much more do his words of Ps 61 ring true here: "...lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For You have been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy."

    Cilla and Becky walked down to the river to capture some stunning images of the valley walls reflected in the river. Such mind blowing beauty will stay with us forever.

    - Nomes
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    Darryl Pitcher

    Gorgeous xx

    Julianne Pitcher

    Looks so comfy! What a place to chill 😲glad you "belong"Cill!😅😘

    Julianne Pitcher

    Love these majestic trees!🤗 Towering above you "little" people as Gods impressive grandeur!

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  • Day38

    Hiking in the Valley

    October 15, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    We woke up after a cosy night under the stars. Luckily, there were no bears (we got an instruction from the park ranger that all food has to get stored in the bear boxes provided) and no law enforcement ranger who came to tell us that we actually had to STAND in the line and not SLEEP.
    We got our campsite assigned and decided to use some other muscles for the next two days. So today, we hiked Upper Yosemite Falls trail which starts right behind our camp. We stopped counting the turns going up, there were just too many. But when we got to the top, we were surprised by some nice pools and great views of the valley and Half Dome. At this time of the year, there is almost no water in the falls, so the hike was more about the views rather than the waterfalls - still very pretty. We climbed a little higher to Yosemite Point before descending again to the camp and taking a "shower" in the river. Back at the camp, we met a Swedish couple who are experienced bike tourers, so we exchanged some bike touring advice.
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    Andrea Anzalone

    Macht ihr eine kleine kletterpause?

    Herbert E

    Jo. Das war die kleine Klettertour vorm Frühstück 😁

    Claudia Wegener

    Tolle Fotos

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  • Day66

    Valley Loop Trail, Yosemite NP

    June 14 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Valley Loop trail est un sentier qui fait le tour de la vallée de Yosemite et permet de bien profiter de la vu sur les pics granitiques et la rivière ! Nous aurons la chance d’y croiser un ours noir américain (qui en réalité est marron ici) que nous aurons pu voir longuement gratter les troncs morts à la recherche de nourriture.


    Valley Loop Trail is an hiking trail that permits to walk around the Yosemite valley and enjoy views on the river and granits peaks. We would be lucky and saw an american black bear (which are brown here) that was looking for food in old logs.
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    Claire Nourissat

    Quelle chance , ça a l’air très paisible

    Claire Nourissat

    Ça a l’air très paisible

  • Day21

    Yosemite National Park

    April 23 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

    Wasn't going to bother with Yosemite due to it being covered in snow and you can't do everything. But after every person I spoke to put it top of their recommendations list I decided to just wrap up warm and do it, and I'm so glad I did!Read more

    Lucy Browne


    Lucy Browne

    Yep! That’s pretty amazing🙂

  • Day40


    October 17, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Leaving Yosemite was actually hard as the road pass El Capitan again, this time very close by. Obviously, we had to stop for pictures of the impressive wall and those crazy climbers in it.
    Out of the valley, we started climbing up - and passed 3000km, at a perfect spot with El Cap in the background.
    Again, we had some really great experience with the people here. First, we had to go uphill through a long tunnel. A car stayed behind us all the time (going about 8km/h) in order to protect us from speeding cars coming from behind. Second, when looking for a campspot, Maggie stopped and invited us over to her place for the night. So we could cook dinner in a kitchen, have a hot shower and sleep on the porch under the stars. So grateful to meet all the amazing people in this country!
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  • Day39

    Hiking in Yosemite - part II

    October 16, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    As we hiked up the North side of Yosemite Valley, we decided to go for a trail on the South side today. We chose "4-mile-trail" which led to Glacier Point which offered stunning views over pretty much most of the valley.
    To go down to the valley again, we picked Panorama trail. This one had great views on Half Dome and passed Emerald Lake and 3 waterfalls on the way. All in all, we hiked over 20km with an elevation gain of 1500m on our second day off. Our leg muscles are totally sore and hurt even on a straight path. No idea how we should get back on the bicycles and climb passes tomorrow 😕
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