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Mariposa County

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  • Day15

    Yosemite Nationalpark

    July 11 in the United States

    Unser letzter Nationalpark im Südwesten Amerikas war heute der Yosemite Nationalpark. Man fährt erst lange nach oben durch einen Wald, kann dann eine wunderschöne weite Aussicht genießen, um danach ins Yosemite Valley wieder ganz nach unten zu fahren. Hier konnten wir Wasserfälle sehen und einen Fluss, der sich durch das Tal schlängelt. 🏞
    Heute entschieden wir uns gegen wandern und genossen die Zeit am Fluss. Im kalten klaren Wasser konnten wir uns abkühlen und ein bisschen schwimmen. Außerdem waren wir recht müde und ruhten uns in der Sonne aus. 🌞
    Das Highlight des Tages kam auf dem Rückweg zum Auto. Vor uns in der Lichtung sahen wir einen Bären. Er schlenderte ca. 20 Meter entfernt vom Auto am Waldrand entlang und hat sich nicht für uns und die anderen Leute interessiert. Aus der Ferne sah er wirklich super süß aus. 🐻🐾
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  • Day79

    Yosemite Nationalpark

    August 29 in the United States

    Da der Yosemite Creek derzeit ausgetrocknet ist und somit die Yosimite Falls auch kein Wasser hinunterfließt, entscheiden wir uns gegen die Wanderung zu dem Wasserfall und für eine Wanderung auf den Glacier Point, von welchem man eine grandiose Aussicht über das Valley haben soll. Von mehreren Parkangestellten werden wir darauf hingewiesen, dass der Hike aber sehr anstrengend ist und den ganzen Tag dauert und die Straße, welche beinahe bis ganz oben hinauf führt, derzeit gesperrt ist. Umso besser denken wir uns, dann sind wenigstens nicht so viele Leute oben 😊 Keji hätten wir die Straße ohnehin nicht antun wollen.

    Unser Plan früh aufzubrechen, wird allerdings von mehreren Faktoren durchkreuzt.
    1. Wir müssen ausschlafen.
    2. Wir müssen um 10 Uhr am Campground einchecken, da wir gestern erst so spät ankamen.
    3. Wir müssen mit dem Shuttlebus noch einmal durchs Valley fahren um uns eine Kühlbox zu besorgen. Durch die Waldbrände wurden viele Bären ins Tal getrieben, sodass hier nun in großer Zahl anzutreffen sind. Daher darf kein Essen, Trinken oder irgendetwas mit Geruch im Auto bleiben, nicht einmal im Kühlschrank, sondern muss in einem Bear Proof Locker verstaut werden.

    Nach reichlich hin- und herüberlegen ob wir die Wanderung heute noch machen sollten, brechen wir um 11:40 siegessicher auf und hoffen, dass wir nicht die angegebenen 6-8 Stunden brauchen und noch im Hellen zurück kommen. Hier ist es nämlich bereits um 19 Uhr dunkel.

    Ganz so anstrengend wie befürchtet ist die Wanderung dann allerdings nicht, obwohl es gut bergauf geht (1000+ Höhenmeter). Nach bereits 2 Stunden erreichen wir den Gipfel und fragen uns, was wir falsch gemacht haben. Die Pooltage scheinen unserer Ausdauer ungemein gut getan zu haben. Nachdem wir den Ausblick ausgiebig genossen und uns gestärkt haben, machen wir uns auf den Rückweg. Von dem Wanderweg können wir auch einen Blick auf den ausgetrockneten Yosemite Fall werfen und sind froh, nicht dort hinauf gewandert zu sein. Da wir wider Erwarten recht früh wieder unten sind, machen wir noch einen Abstecher in das Half Dome Village.
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  • Day80

    Vernal Falls

    August 30 in the United States

    Als Entschädigung für die ausgetrockneten Yosemite Falls haben wir uns für heute eine Wanderung zu den Vernal Falls herausgesucht. Unsere Erfahrung von heute ist genau das Gegenteil zu gestern. Wir haben eine leichte Wanderung erwartet, es ging dann allerdings doch auf sehr wenigen Metern sehr steil bergauf, sodass der Weg auf dem letzten Kilometer durch Treppen ersetzt wurde 😓.

    Erschöpft oben angekommen, erblicken wir weit über uns den Glacier Point, auf welchen wir gestern ohne große Probleme gewandert sind und verstehen uns nicht mehr. Nicht, dass wir das jemals getan hätten.

    Zurück im Valley wird mal wieder Wäsche gewaschen und Wassermelone gegessen.
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  • Day78

    Ein harter Kampf

    August 28 in the United States

    Heute steht hauptsächlich die Fahrt in den Yosemite Nationalpark an, von welcher wir dachten, dass sie nur ca. 3 Stunden dauern wird. Was wir nicht ahnen, ist dass sich unsere Probleme von gestern noch einmal wiederholen bzw. verschlimmern. Bis kurz vor dem Zugang zum Nationalpark läuft die Fahrt wie üblich. Doch dann erblicken wir ein Schild, welches vor der Steigung warnt und darauf hinweist, dass Autos mit Anhängern Probleme haben könnten. Nicht nur die, denken wir uns und freuen uns enorm... nicht. Die Zufahrt aus unserer Richtung erfolgt nämlich über den Tioga Pass in über 3.000 m Höhe. Der Weg nach oben ist mit Keji wie erwartet sehr langwierig und mühsam. Die Hälfte unseres Kühlwassers verdampft dabei, aber wir haben zum Glück genügend Ersatz.

    Endlich oben angekommen, fahren wir in den Yosemite. Die Mischung aus Wald und riesigen Granitfelsen gefällt uns beim Durchfahren sehr gut. Auch ein paar Stopps legen wir auf dem Weg ins Yosemite Valley ein. Das Tal, wo unser Campingplatz sich befindet, scheint quasi das Herz des Parks zu sein. Einerseits ist hier mit Abstand am meisten los, auch wegen der Übernachtungsmöglichkeiten. Zudem ist es auch eine sehr schöne Landschaft mit Wiesen, Bäumen und einem Fluss, die zu allen Seiten von steil aufragenden Felswänden umschlossen wird. Das Bild steigert die Vorfreude auf unsere für morgen geplante Wanderung.

    Da wir für die 220km anstatt der gedachten 3 Stunden nun 7 Stunden gebraucht haben, ist heute nicht mehr viel los und wir fallen müde ins Bett.
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  • Day9

    Bye, bye Yosemite!

    October 8 in the United States

    Den nächsten Abstecher machten wir nach Mariposa Grove. Dort wanderten wir den Giant Grizzly Trail, der uns an den riesigen Mammutbäumen vorbeiführte. Der Giant Grizzly ist der größte Mammutbaum im Yosemite und der 25.-größte der Welt. Er ist über 63 m hoch und über 1800 Jahre alt. Einige Chipmunks und Chikarees sowie eine Eule kreuzten unseren Weg.
    Nun sind wir schon auf dem Weg nach Columbia und haben den Yosemite Nationalpark verlassen.Read more

  • Day2

    Big Sequoia's Everywhere

    September 16 in the United States

    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 in the United States

    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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  • Day4

    Yosemite Falls?

    September 18 in the United States

    Slept in this morning and got up around 7am. Today will be a light day so we take our time. We have breakfast and coffee. We fill water to the maximum in our packs; It's going to be a warm day and we will be in the sun for the whole ascent and most of the descent.

    Today we choose to go to Yosemite falls and then head to Yosmite point. Ben had originally planned this as a longer trek as there is another peak we could have also added to this day. We will have a 14km hike instead of another 24km like yesterday. Should be easier...

    We decide to take the SUV to Yosemite village and take the bus from there. It's free and the buses have hidden routes that cars cannot take. It would have been a long detour to the trailhead if we would not have taken the bus. We get a nice bus driver who provides information as we ride. At some point she talks about the Yosemite Falls and explains that the falls only flow from the melting snow from winter. This time of year it's dry and they call it the Yosemite Wall... Something that we did not see anywhere in looking at this trek. Oh well we had planned this trek, let's go up.

    The mornings are cold, it went down to about 7°C last night. You gotta wear layers but once you start the ascent it does not take long for the layers to come off. The elevation gain for this trail is about 1300m, it was a lot harder than what I would have thought. At the start of the trek my body was already aching from the trek we did just yesterday. I decide to go down a couple of gears and decide to climb using the first gear. Slow but strong. I am again thankful for poles as they really help with the way my body is reacting this morning. I tell myself that this is a short day and we should make it to the top quickly.

    The steep ascent is really tough and I feel noxious. I'm not sure if it's from the altitude our from something else. Also my sinuses were feeling pretty stuffed up, I wonder if I caught something. I hope I feel better soon. Going up on this trek is like climbing stairs non stop the whole way up. I keep telling myself to go slow but steady. We make it to the a couple nice views before we make it to the Yosemite point. At the top we see the distance that we had to make for our trek yesterday. It is quite the ride that we completed.

    At the top we, as usual, have a bite to eat. I am still feeling weird but I am still able to go. They say that over 2km in altitude is when you can start feeling the effects of less oxygen. Maybe this is also the reason I'm not feeling great.

    Going down we meet lots of people, more than yesterday. They also are more curious on how much longer it will take them to the top. We see lots of people who do not seem pepared for this hike. Some with only one small bottle of water, some in sandals. Sandals.... I'm wearing boots and so glad as you are walking on large rocks almost the whole trek. I guess some are okay with this type of shoe for hiking.

    As we head down my right knee start to hurt a lot. I am almost not able to bend it. I try different things to ease the pain but it's brutal going down. I find a hop movement that I make instead of bending the knee. This "lighter easier" trek is not as light as I thought. I tough it out and continue going down. We continually see people going up with nothing but a bottle in their hands. We tell them how long it will take to make it to the top and some take our advice seriously and decide not to go to the top. I finished my 3.25 litres on this trek, the sun was really cooking us.

    Finally we reach the bottom. My legs are happy. We take the bus back to the village. We stop at the store for a well deserved ice cream. As we go to pay for our stuff the employee tells us that the price is 47$. My mind does not see how our stuff could add up to this amount. We have a couple beers, Gatorade, the ice cream and nacho chips. I look at the bill and see a 23$ amount that I do not recognize. The guy somehow charged us for a T-shirt. We thankfully get a reimbursement and head out to enjoy our ice cream. End of trek. I really need to reajust the meaning of light and try to find something flat for tomorrow... I hope a good night of rest with help my knee.

    Today I learned that I do not need to tie my boots extremely tight. My internal logic told me that having the boots tight would minimize movement to reduce blisters. However I would always feel hot spots, feel uncomfortable due to the boots being so tight and still get blisters. To my great surprise it was better to use less force, my feet were fine for the whole trek and almos no hot spots 😎.
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  • Day5

    Glacier Point

    September 19 in the United States

    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 in the United States

    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!

You might also know this place by the following names:

Mariposa County, مقاطعة ماريبوسا, Марипоса, মারিপোসা কাউন্টি, Condado de Mariposa, Mariposa maakond, Mariposa konderria, شهرستان ماریپوزا، کالیفرنیا, Comté de Mariposa, Mariposa megye, Մարիպոսա շրջան, Contea di Mariposa, マリポサ郡, Mariposa Comitatus, Mariposa, Mariposa Kūn, Hrabstwo Mariposa, میریپوسا کاؤنٹی, Округ Марипоса, Маріпоса, میریپوسا کاؤنٹی، کیلیفورنیا, Quận Mariposa, Condado han Mariposa, 马里波萨县

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