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  • Day52

    Yosemite National Park 2/2, USA

    August 6, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Hier, nous sommes allés voir le parc de Yosemite mais cette fois-ci la partie sud. Nous avons d'abord pique-niqué au bord d'une rivière où nous nous sommes baignés. Nous sommes ensuite allés voir le but de notre visite : Glacier Point. Le plus beau de ce glacier était sa majesté. Je l'appelle glacier mais en fait il n'y avait pas de glace dessus. Avant oui mais plus maintenant.
    Nous avons aussi vu un petit village de l'époque des cowboys. Il y avait de vieilles diligences, une prison, un vieux téléphone et un vieux télégraphe.
    Nous avons vu une maman ours avec son bébé et deux coyotes.

    Amélie
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  • Day22

    Yosemite Valley

    September 22, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

    Wir waren uns einig, dass wir die ganzen Höhenmeter nicht wieder hochlaufen wollten nach Tuolumne Meadows mit dem gesamten Gepäck und dem Schnee, sondern die nächsten Tage lieber ein wenig mit Tagesausflügen verbringen, um dann mit dem Bus hochzufahren. Somit gingen wir heute ins bekannte Yosemite Valley, wo jeder Tourist herumgurkt, aber trotzdem in punkto Sehenswürdigkeiten einiges zu bieten hat. Wir wollten nachfragen wann der Bus nach Tuolumne fährt. Es war eine schöne Wanderung mit vielen Sehenswürdigkeiten. Neben dem wunderschönen Panorama sind uns auch noch ein Koyote und ein Hirsch vor das Objektiv gelaufen.
    Unten angekommen dann die Hiobsbotschaft. Der Bus fährt nicht, da die Tiago Road wegen Schnee gesperrt ist. Verdammt!! Aber unser Auto ist doch da oben.
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  • Day84

    Yosemite

    May 13, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 1 °C

    After some pancakes we drove across California to reach Yosemite national park. We hit the park's rush hour at lunch time so it took an hour to gain entry. Luckily a pit stop at a humongus Walmart ment we were well stocked, and a roadtrip playlist kept us happy. When we finally reached the enterance, the ranger gleefully snatched the dollars out of my hand and ushered us in.

    Our first stop was the furthest viewpoint of the day, Glacier point. It had only opened two days prior due to the snow still encrusting the top of the peaks. On the way up the park truly put on a show. As the snow is melting, waterfalls adorn the granite surfaces dropping hundreds of meters to the valley floor.

    Glacier point did not disappoint with a panoramic view of half dome with the valleys either side. Working our way back down, a stop at Tunnel view gave a vista of El Capitan (the background of your iMac) and a beautiful waterfall. Taking our chance to see the waterfall closer we got soaked in its mist. Well worth it to capture its eternal rainbow at the bottom!

    A cruise through yosemite valley as the sun set completed our tour for the day. As night approached we left the park to our accomadation for the next day, Yosemite bug resort. Tucked away up a hill we gratefully went off to sleep.

    Next day our plans varied greatly. James hiked a round journey of 20 miles to the top of clouds rest, a challenge he set himself, getting up before the dawn. I would bum around the rustic resort having blueberry pancakes, catching up with friends and having a spa day with massage. Travelling for months takes it toll especially at the breakneck pace we did South America. You sometimes miss those lazy days on the sofa watching netflix or reading a book.
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  • Day2

    Big Sequoia's Everywhere

    September 16, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    We are really lucky with our trip to Yosemite. Last night we learned that the park has only reopened recently due to the fires that ravaged parts of the park; before that no one could enter to go hiking.

    As per a suggestion from our host last night, we decided to visit the Mariposa Grove. This place is amazingly beautiful with thousand year old Sequoia trees everywhere. On our journey to the top we see many gigantic trees with gorgeous red colors. As usual we try to capture photos but the magical color unfortunately does not transfer to the photos. You have to come and see for yourselves 😉. The hike is pretty easy even if they earn you that it is "strenuous". There is a very nice dirt road that you can take all the way to the top. There are also primeter roads that are more like traditional trails that are very nice to take instead.

    Once we arrive at the top we stop to eat lunch while enjoying the view. The squirrels are a bit different here, they are gray and seem to have a beard. I will try to take a picture next time. We also meet Germans, of course they are traveling everywhere. We meet one who is very helpful for some nice photos at the top.

    After the trek we head to our campground. We make a couple of pit stops for some photos of El Capitan and the Half Dome. We will be hiking up the Half Dome and maybe El Capitan in the next couple of days. It will be long days but are told that it is totally worth it.

    After setting up our tent we head back of to explore the grocery store and try to find the place for showers. We learn that there are no showers on our campground but some are available at another. We also learn that it cost 5 dollars, however, if there is no one at the door to collect we can get in for free. We will need to find out the times when there is no one guarding the door 🤭

    At the groceries we find the essentials: beer and something for lunch for our hike tomorrow. We forgot to bring a cooler in the limited space we had for our luggage. Oh well, we will just need to find things that can be kept at room temperature. We are both creative and will find some ideas 😋.

    After having supper we walk around to find the trailhead that we need to take tomorrow morning. We are lucky and find it quickly and at the same time we find a nice little stream with rocks to sit on and bonus, we have some internet to allow us to share our daily posts.

    That's it for today.
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  • Day3

    The Half Dome Trek

    September 17, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Wow. What a hike. I will remember this trek for the rest of my life.

    We start the day by getting up around 5:30am. It's still dark out but the stars are starting to fade. We have breakfast and pack our stuff as we know we have a big day ahead of us. It is an estimated 24km hike. I hesitate about how much water to bring, it is suggested to bring at least three liters for our trek. I fill my Camelback all the way to the top and we head off.

    I also make sure that I bring my kit for blisters; my boots are fairly new and I am worried that my feet will be a mess by the end of the day. Thankfully they survived ;)

    The beginning of the trek is very steep but surprisingly it is all paved. We head up about 3km on this climb until we see the first set of falls called Vernal falls. We continue for another 2km to reach the Nevada falls. This is where a kid wanted to take a selfie and died from a fall trying to take his selfie with the top of the falls.

    After these falls we have quite a hike to bring us to the half dome. Lots of stairs made from the rocks and loose rocks to climb. Once near half dome the climb is mostly on mountain bedrock. I'm am so glad we wore boots and brought our walking polls; at first I was hesitant as not many others had polls and almost everyone is wearing shoes. With all the rocks everywhere it must be hard on the feet for anyone in sneakers. I must remember not to always follow what others are doing and go with my gut.

    We start to get hungry for lunch but we told ourselves we would wait to get to the top. Speaking of hungry, we are lucky to see a bobcat with his fresh caught squirrel in his mouth. I always find it interesting that these cat have such a small tail. Getting closer to the half dome we are quite surprised. In my mind I understood that we had a permit for cable cars. We have done these in the past where you get into a "basket" and pull yourself to the other side. I must have misunderstood as there are no cable cars. We see people climbing the dome with a very steep incline by using 2 cables. I start to worry about how we will make it up the dome.

    Once we arrive at the dome we see more clearly how this will work. First everyone is wearing gloves... Shit I did not know we needed gloves for this. The bedrock is at a 75 degree angle. It's like going up a ladder and having to use 2 cables instead of steps walking directly on the bedrock. I am a bit worried because if you make a mistake you're dead. We need to go up this thing for about 150m. Thankfully as we get closer to the cables we see that there are gloves for everyone to use. We pick a pair and start the climb. After 20m we see stuff falling from others people's bags. I look at the falling object and think "shit, this could be me if I am not careful". The other challenge going up this thing is that people are also coming back down... We have to dance around each other while not trying to die. I was stressed. We are about 50 to 100 people going up and down. If one of us makes a mistake and starts falling it could be a disaster. Plus some people are super scared and stop all the time. When someone stops it makes everyone else have to stop. Thankfully we find a way to pass some folks as I do not want to stay hanging on the cables any longer than needed.

    We obviously make it safely up as I am writing this post. Once at the top, we find a spot and enjoy our well deserved lunch. After lunch we take a couple photos. Mom do not look at the pictures on the top. Our next challenge is going back down using those cables. It is quite the adventure. I decided to go down looking face first. Some decide to go down backwards but for some odd reason I felt better face first. Again we must perform the dance with people going up. I am sooooo glad I don't have to do that again. You get quite the adrenaline rush but I was still very scared to end my adventure going up that dome. I will resist the urge to go lookup any stats on deaths at this spot.

    Once back down the dome we start the return trek. My feet are already hurting but I do not seem to have any blisters. The return is usually tough for me. I enjoy going up mountains but am less enthusiastic about heading down. At the 3/4 mark I notice that I do not recognize this bridge that we just crossed. We look at the map and realize that we took a wrong turn. The trail we are on does head back down but is a longer walk. I blame this error on Ben as I am pretty sure he was in the front at that time but I am no better as I noticed to late. No harm done we just need to hold on until the bottom. The last part of the trek is hard on us as both our knees and feet are killing us. I can't wait to take these boots off and let my feet take a well deserved breath of fresh air.

    Once arrived at camp we take the boots off. "Oh my god", that feels better. We stop to tracker on our phones and confirm that we almost did 25km. Tomorrow we had plans for another big trek. I think we will revisit that plan and do something shorter.

    That's all for the day, supper, wine and bedtime are on the menu for the evening.
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  • Day5

    Glacier Point

    September 19, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    I did not sleep very well last night. I turned from side to side feeling the pain in my knee every turn. Thankfully we can sleep in again today. Today is supposed to be a FOR REAL light day 🤨.

    Our original plan was to do a visit of the Yosemite Village and do a 4km loop however, after heading out my stomach feels upset again, I'm really feeling nauseated, it comes and goes quickly. It's not to the point of having to go to the restroom but I'm not feeling top shape.

    We look at our options and change our plans. We decide to drive up to Glacier Point. It is a scenic 1 hour drive. We could have also trekked to the top if I was in better shape but decided to do the easy way up. The drive to the top is very nice, you have to be careful and attentive as the road has many tight hairpin turns. I was afraid that it would worsen my predicament by thankfully I am not feeling worse. I feel bad about changing the plans Ben made for hiking it originally. I try to comfort myself by thinking that this situation is out of my control and that I should make the best of what I can do today.

    At the top we are welcomed by a majestic view of the valley with the Half Dome shining in the sunlight. Lots of pictures as usual. Interestingly there is a naturalisation ceremony taking place up here with the amazing view as a background. A nice place indeed for welcoming new US citizens.

    After absorbing the picturesque view we head back down to the valley. We first go to the market to get some Gravol and rub cream for my knee. We then take a stroll to the small Yosemite falls which are also dried up at this time of year. It's a nice flat walk, my knee is thanking me for my kindness today.

    About my knee...I can't go down any stairs, this is the first time this happens. Is this what happens when you get near 40? I hope it gets better as we are heading to San Francisco where there will be lots of walking up and down the hilly streets.

    On a good note my stomach finally feels better after supper. I won't question the placebo effect but I had a ginger ale just like my mom would give me as a kid when I felt sick. Thanks mom 👍

    My birthday cake was a dark chocolate mousse cake. Mmmmm, it was delicious.
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  • Day23

    #22 Yosemite Nationalpark/ day hike

    October 6, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Our goal to see the impressive Half Dome from close means to hike the North Dome! A 14 km hike was worth it, beautiful nature, stunning views, sunshine (and sunburned faces 🙈), a lots of ups and downs, delicious picnic on top and a final perfect view on the Half Dome!

  • Day13

    Vernal Fall Yosemite

    September 17, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    On second day in YNP we did a hiking session up to the Vernal Fall. It was only about 3km, but over 200m in elevation gain. So the trail was quite steep, but we were rewarded with Water, this time, finally some water in Yosemite. 😂

  • Day47

    Half Dome Hike, Yosemite National Park

    May 29, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    It took me about 8 hours of hiking straight up to get to the top of Half Dome. The last part was the most scary one where you walk up almost vertically just in between two steel cables. This is definitely one of the best hikes I've ever done and if you make it to the top you will be rewarded with an incredible view over the Yosemite National Park.Read more

  • Day6

    Campground: Full!

    October 5, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Als wir endlich im Yosemite Valley, dem Herzstück des Nationalparks, angekommen waren stellten wir schnell fest, dass hier trotz Nebensaison noch sehr viele Menschen unterwegs sind. Als jemand meinte, sie hätten keine Reservierung für einen Campingplatz, war die Reaktion der Ranger ein wissendes Lachen. Wir sind auch solche Menschen ohne Reservierung. Deshalb kamen wir auf die Warteliste, von der um 15 Uhr die letzten begehrten Plätze verteilt werden. Natürlich haben wir keinen bekommen, aber eine nette Gruppe osteuropäischer Mitbürger bot uns an sowohl Platz, als auch Miete zu teilen. Da sagten wir nicht nein. Jetzt drehen wir noch eine Tour durch das Yosemite Village und hoffen, dass die Nacht angenehmer als gestern wird.Read more

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