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  • Day22

    #21 Yosemite Nationalpark/valley view

    October 5, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    After the giant trees we drove to YosemiteValley, on the way we stopped at different scenery spots with stunning views!
    In the Valley we had a little walk between all this impressive mountain formations, El Capitan, Half Dome...with a perfect sundowner this first day ends!

  • Day30

    Yosemite National Park

    November 17, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Up early in the freezing temperatures and headed across to Yosemite National Park, about 30 minutes drive away. We were a little limited in what we could do because of Schnitzel, who as usual was only allowed on paved trails, so we had to pick and choose quite a bit.

    But it worked out, we managed to drive the typical 2 hour Yosemite Valley loop, including Bridalveil Falls, Half Dome, El Capitan and a few other sights as well, and we filmed as we went.

    Spent a couple of hours in the afternoon driving up to Glacier Point lookout, which we assumed would be closed by now but thankfully wasn't! We'd gotten in just in time, as it looked like a large dump of snow was incoming for next weekend and if we'd arrived then, we likely wouldn't have seen anything!

    Last stop for the day was to the southern end of Yosemite, the giant sequoia trees. I remembered visiting these as a kid, although you can't drive up to them anymore - you have to get a shuttle bus from a carpark 10 minutes away. We got one of the last buses of the day in fading light, but still managed to fit in a mile-long walk to see the more impressive trees. Largest trees in the world, though not the tallest - those are the redwoods which we'll encounter soon.

    Back to the campground for the night where we had dinner in the on-site restaurant. Slightly overpriced but the queues were horrendous - pretty much everyone on site had the same idea and it took over 30 minutes to queue up for food! But it was tasty stuff, and they had a local band playing inside so the atmosphere was quite festive (thankfully we'd left Schnitzel in the cabin before they started up).
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  • Day27

    Yosemite NP

    July 11, 1992 in the United States ⋅

    Went back to Carl's Jr for breakfast as well! Discovered that now Nicole was breaking out all over with with chicken pox. We had suspected it the night before and the morning confirmed it. We covered her in calomine where it wouldn't show and paxyl the rest. Also gave her some panadol. Was nearly 11 before heading off for Yosemite. Just as well it wasn't too far. Had to go northwest along 395 as far as Lee Vining, with a couple of lakes and old craters to see along the way.

    From Lee Vining turned southwest toward the park and had to go up through Tioga Pass, elevation 9941 ft, the highest in the US. It was quite chilly and I had packed our sweaters separately in anticipation. The countryside was very pretty. Large pine trees alongside peaceful lakes. Lots of boulders around - mostly granite - the whole of Yosemite is basically igneous plutonic rock. A couple of inviting walks to on but we had to keep pushing on. We were hardly in the park.

    We stopped at several picturesque viewpoints, some with large forests of pine, some with waterfalls, some with deep valleys. Went past a small glacier but only patches of snow visible from the car. Also stopped at one point and saw a very tame couple of marmots, and everywhere lots of jumpy squirrels. We also took time to pull off and look at a grove of giant sequoia trees, including one that you can drive through. However the road was only one way and we had to go about 20 miles out of our way. It was a very pretty detour though and I was glad we took it.

    By the time we actually got to Yosemite Valley it was quite late in the day and raining we took some hasty photos of El Capitan and Bridal Veil falls. By the time we got to the village a thunderstorm was upon us, and we took refuge in a cafe before getting to the visitor centre for a quick look. We decided there was no point in hanging around so we headed off for our lodge in El Portal. Quite nice it was too, with a little kitchenette, coffee maker and fridge. Quaint wooden carvings of bears around the place.

    The boys headed off for the pool while Nicole had a sleep, then we tidied up for dinner in the 50s style diner. A young fellow took our order then came back after 10-15 minutes with the news that everything in the kitchen was stuffed up and we would be waiting a while. He told us someone else would be waiting on the table. After a while we surmised that he in fact was the problem and had been demoted. We asked a waitress to take our order and were soon served. Needless to say we didn't leave a tip. I patted Nicole down with calomine before going to bed.
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  • Day9

    Day 9 - The Land of the Giants

    September 16, 2016 in the United States ⋅

    How to describe Yosemite? I'll leave it to the Rough Guide:

    'Put simply, Yosemite Valley, nestled in Yosemite National Park, and created by glaciers gouging through the canyon of the Merced River, is one of the world's most dramatic geological spectacles.'

    That's about right. Alice and I went on the day tour to Glacier Point which was a good hour away in the coach. It was worth it for the view of the main spectacle that is the Half Dome. We had plenty of time here to take in the scenery and then it was back in the coach. The coach journey was narrated the whole time by the driver which was quite a feat considering the size and bends in the road they also had to content with. The history and geology of the area was described in great detail with lots of humour thrown in. Once we got back we relaxed for a couple of hours, had dinner and then it was off for the night tour.

    It was neither as long or as detailed as the first tour and that was the whole point. The first tour in the day was a feast for the eyes whilst the night tour, which happily coincided with the Harvest Full Moon, was a chance to exercise the other senses. The noises and temperature drops felt in different parts of the valley were another way to understand how the animals and environment of the park interacted, this time at night. There were memorable moments involving sight too, particularly when the tour guide flashed her light up at different monuments at climbers hundreds of feet up who would flash their flashlights back at us. We also howled at them like wolves and all this did was rile up a bunch of campers nearby who started jumping up and down and manically howling. It was pretty funny. The moonlight due to it being a full moon also shone off the monuments in a powerful way. The tour guide said at one point 'the biggest mountain you will ever climb is the mountain inside yourself.' It was getting deep! After a hot chocolate for everyone we headed back and it was late enough to go straight to bed.

    Song of the Day:
    Creedance Clearwater Revival - Bad Moon Rising
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  • Day8

    Day 8 - Two Nights in the Valley

    September 15, 2016 in the United States ⋅

    It feels like we have been in San Francisco for ages, and I mean that in a good way. I find with most cities that the more you are prepared to explore the more they reveal themselves. All the districts we visited had their own particular feel and each had something different to offer. The city also has some obvious issues, with homelessness being a major one. Homelessness is an aspect of most major cities but here they are everywhere and on quite a few streets there are rows of tents in makeshift camps hugging the sidewalks. Why there are so many may be due to the pull of the city and what it stands for. It is a liberal and free thinking city where the American dream is attainable. The city has vibrant immigrant communities, is welcoming to the LGBT community and has an ability to reinvent itself, whether it's after a devastating earthquake or as the vanguard of the internet revolution. Unfortunately, the dream is just that for many others too. As this is the first major city we have visited in the US I can't compare it with others but I get the feeling that there won't be many places like this.

    With San Francisco in our rear view mirror we were leaving the big city for the great outdoors. Yosemite National Park was next and it was a four hour drive away. We swapped driving duties halfway and the terrain gradually changed from endless turnoffs for suburbs to twisting mountains and endless trees. On reaching our lodge in the pleasant Yosemite Valley it was starting to get dark and so we decided to have dinner and turn in for an early night. We had two tours booked for tomorrow and so we took it easy with an evening of reality TV.

    Song of the Day:
    The Mamas and The Papas - California Dreamin'
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  • Day71

    Yosemite National Park

    June 14, 2016 in the United States ⋅

    Wat hebben we een geluk gehad! Wisten wij veel dat de zomervakantie hier al begonnen is en alle accommodatie maanden van tevoren volgeboekt is. Even leek het alsof we niet meer konden gaan. Totdat Douwe besloot het park te bellen om te vragen of er nog plek was. Ja hoor, iemand had afgezegd. We kregen een tent aan de rivier midden in het park met uitzicht over de Yosemite falls: "the 5th highest falls in the world" werd ons verteld. Echt fantastisch 😍

    We huurden lakens en dekens en gingen naar onze tent, waar we lekker biertjes hebben gedronken bij ons kampvuur. Na een ijskoude nacht hebben we een mooie wandeling gemaakt door de vallei langs allemaal watervallen. 's Avonds hebben we hotdogs gebarbecued op het kampvuur met natuurlijk weer een heerlijk biertje erbij 🍺 Ook gezellig met de buren gekletst, die we misschien in Seattle nog wel terugzien.
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  • Day5

    Yosemite Valley, United States

    October 22, 2016 in the United States ⋅

    Á chegada de Yosemite Valley, fizemos um primeiro trilho de 4km para ver o Mirror Lakes, um lago sem uma turbulência com um reflexo perfeito de tudo o que esta a volta.
    Fomos a seguir fazer um pequeno trilho mais puxado por ser sempre a subir para ver as Vernal Falls, com uma inclinação relevante, no qual tivemos de parar algumas vezes para dar descanso ao pulmão de fumador da Filipa.Read more

  • Day95

    Yosemite Valley

    September 13, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    * Fahrzeit zum Valley betrug 1h

    * Mirror Lake Trail am 13.09.
    + Nach fast schlafloser (kalter) Nacht um 10am los
    + Visitor Center (Informationen)
    + Kaffeepause
    + Mirror Lake Trail (Spiegelsee, es war nur kein Wasser im See)

    * Mist Trail am 14.09.
    + Vor Sonnenaufgang los
    + Vernal Fall
    + Nevada FallRead more

  • Day93

    Yosemite National Park

    July 3, 2017 in the United States ⋅

    Le mot qui décrit le mieux ce parc c'est "Wow". Wow, comme les falaises sont à pic, elles sont comme coupé au couteau. Wow, comme les chutes sont belles, elles crachent tellement d'eau et de si haut et il en a tellement! Wow, comme il y a du monde! Wow, comme il a du trafic. Wow, comme les campings sont plein. Wow, comme c'est compliqué de tout organiser. Wow, comme il manque de stationnement!

    Notre première journée dans le parc était décourageante, mais elle nous a permis de nous organiser un backpack de trois jours qui a été magnifique.

    Nous avons parcourue presque toute la vallée lors de notre backpack et vue de nombreuses chutes sur toutes leurs angles et des points de vues vertigineux. Nous avons aussi rencontré des sympathiques français, Amaya et Thibaut, avec qui nous avons marché deux jours. Nous avons même peut faire le Half Dome, le sommet du parc si populaire et pour le quel c'est si difficile d'avoir un permis. Ils octrois que 300 à 350 permis par jours pour limiter le nombre de personnes qui le grimpe. C'est une bonne chose car la monté est dangereuse. Wow, c'était tout un défi, de surmonté sa peur, mais aussi physiquement. J'étais épuisée rendu en haut, mais wow, la vue à 360° sur toutes ces montagnes et toute la vallée. C'était à couper le souffle.

    Le retour à la civilisation a été moins plaisante, le plus on descendait le plus de monde il y avait, mais aussi le plus de déchets, le plus de monde hors sentier qui ne respecte pas la flore, etc. La sorti du parc a été longue et compliqué. Je recommenderais ce parc car il est vraiment beau, MAIS pas la fin de semaine et surtout pas la fin de semaine avant le 4 juillet, et avec réservation.
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  • Day4

    Yosemite Valley, United States

    October 21, 2016 in the United States ⋅

    Esta manhã acordamos cedo, fomos diretas ao aeroporto de San Francisco levantar o carro, o pequeno almoço foi uma banana na comboio.

    O carro alugado até não foi muito caro, tinha reservado pela NET e ficaria a 216dolares para 7 dias. Mas quando chegamos pediram mais 300€ por entregarmos noutro ponto do país. Comecei logo a reclamar de manhã, mas na realidade não havia nada a fazer.
    Seguimos caminho, foram quase 4h de viagem, numa paisagem de montanha árida. Á medida que nos vamos aproximando de Yosemite, a vegetação vai se modificando, as árvores se tornam cada vez mais frequentes até entrarmos numa floresta de pinheiros altíssimos, ou pelo menos parecem pinheiros. Infelizmente esta paisagem é substituída durante kms por restos de incêndios que lavraram demasiados hectars.

    Finamente chegamos ao parque natural de Yosemite, os terrenos queimados vão desaparecendo para dar lugar a uma deslumbrante paisagem de floresta, falésias imponentes, cascatas lindíssimos. Cada recanto merece ser fotografado.

    Em Yosemite Valley apenas andamos a toa num autocarro que dá a volta ao val e pára em todos os pontos onde se podem fazer passeios pedestres.
    Tendo em conta que já era tarde fizemos apenas um passeio de menos de um km para ver a Yosemite waterfall lower.
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