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Bridalveil Creek

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  • Day24

    Welcome to Yosemite Valley

    October 30, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    300 km East from the bustling city of San Fran was a gem of a park! As soon as you enter the Yosemite Valley you realise why it is the oldest national park in the US (President A. Lincoln himself signed an agreement for its protection in 1864!) It is ridiculous. On either side are proud granite mountains that made Meagan giddy with excitement! The park was so full, even in the off season, that we needed to wait another day to explore...

    300 km à l'Est de la ville frémissante de San Francisco we trouve une vraie merveille de la Nature ! À la seconde où on entre dans la fameuse vallée de Yosemite, on réalise pourquoi c'est le plus ancien parc national américain (le président A. Lincoln lui-même a décidé de le protéger en 1864 !). Juste incroyable. Des vues à couper le souffle ! La vallée est cernée de majestueuses falaises de fier granit, qui ont fait frémir la fibre grimpeuse de Meagan. Mais même si tard dans la saison (fin Octobre!), le parc est toujours relativement fréquenté et il nous faudra attendre presque un jour complet pour commencer notre exploration...
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  • Day12

    Bridalveil Falls, Yosemite NP

    July 26, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    We departed for Yosemite during rush hour, and were grateful we stayed in Oakland and not San Francisco where the traffic would have been much worse.

    The drive itself required more focus than most out here. As we got within an hour or so of the park, the windy mountain roads and hair pin bends required slowing to under 20mph in some cases, or risk plummeting over the cliff edge. Beautiful nonetheless.

    As you come through the tunnels towards Yosemite Village, the view is spectacular - high granite cliffs covered in huge trees stretching out into the distance, with the Merced River bubbling through the canyon. Our first stop on the one-way look around the village was bridalveil falls, a beautiful waterfall from the top cliff's edge. We scrambled on some of the rocks underneath it before heading further into the park.
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  • Day10

    A search for water

    July 17, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    I didn't actually take any pics of this series of events but it warrants noting. There is no water source at Tamarack Flats except the local stream water which needs to be boiled. So we set out I search of a tap to fill the van from. I tried the gas station just above the valley but all they had were the bathroom taps which would have been quite slow. But the nice guy behind the counter told me about Fern Spring down at the bottom of the road just as you hit the valley floor.

    We drove down and checked it out. It's a pretty spring with stone wall around it. The sign talked about how the water is filtered by the mountain and Native Americans used it for centuries - but it didn't actually say potable. So, we decided to drive a bit further to the El Capitan bridge where I could get LTE internet and read up on it. When I googled the spring I got many comments saying it was drinkable. So we circled back to fill up.

    (I'll pause here to mention that we asked four different rangers later in the day if they drank from the spring and all said many people do but that they personally wouldn't - for exactly the reason that follows)

    When we got back there was a pickup trucked parked by the spring and two guys standing by the pool of water. And in it was their yellow lab having a nice bath! Yuck!

    I told them it was potable water and they just shrugged a very insincere "sorry"

    Short story long after spending the day in the valley we still hadn't found water anywhere we could get the van close to - but then I asked a park employee by some utility buildings if he had any ideas and get filled us up with a hose from the side of the building that they all use to fill their coolers while working. Nice guy.
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