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  • Day18

    Day 18 & 19 - Yosemite National Park

    September 28 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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  • Day10

    Day 10 Yosemite

    January 26, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 0 °C

    Today we were up at the crack to drive to Yosemite National Park, about a 4.5 hour drive. Jem is still happily driving the 12 seater tour bus. The kids think it’s a bit ‘special ‘.

    After only one stop at Starbucks we arrived in Yosemite around midday. We are staying one night in a lodge here but couldn’t check in till after 4 so we continued our tour around Yosemite in our bus, looking for snow and beautiful vistas for Rose to photograph. It was around 7 degrees and foggy so pretty cold outside of the car. It will go down to minus 2 degrees tonight. The whole valley is absolutely beautiful with tall, tall trees, rivers, waterfalls all around. We found some snow and had fun throwing some snow balls.

    We’re not allowed to leave food in our car overnight so the bears won’t break into it. We have a beautiful view outside our room.

    Tomorrow we drive to Monterey and may catch up with Matt and Leah on the way.
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    Philip Stone

    Enjoying your trip Sue. Sounds great. You will have to post a photo of your tour bus. xx

    1/27/20Reply
    Philip Stone

    From Sue. 😘

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  • Day500

    Yosemite Nationalpark

    June 20, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    In den vergangenen Wochen haben uns andere Reisende immer wieder vom Yosemite NP erzählt und kamen aus dem schwärmen gar nicht mehr raus - die Vorfreude war also riesig. Das Beste zum Schluss sozusagen. Wir fuhren gegen Mittag am Westeingang in das Yosemite Valley ein und tuckerten gleich zum Campground durch, mit der Hoffung noch einen Platz zu ergattern. Vorausbuchen bringt übrigens nicht, ausser man macht es 3-4 Monate vorher. Täglich werden noch einige Plätze im sogenannten „3 pm sale“ vergeben, vorausgesetzt man hat sich in der Warteliste eingetragen. 10 Plätze waren zu vergeben, wir waren Nummer 32 auf der Liste.🙈 Naja für einmal kein Glück
    (Das gleiche Spiel war übrigens auch am kommende Tag nicht fruchtend, obwohl wir uns bereits um 8 Uhr morgens einschrieben).

    Nichtsdestotrotz genossen wir den angebrochenen Tag im Valley und besuchten einige Wasserfälle (es gibt viele). Zum übernachten fuhren wir bis vor den Parkeingang und stellten uns an den Strassenrand neben die anderen Camper, welche auch kein Platzglück hatten. Tag 2 begann früh, wie gesagt mit dem Einschreiben auf der Warteliste. Danach montierten wir die Wanderschuhe und liefen einige leichte Trails ab.
    Der Nationpark ist bekannt für seine Granitfelsen, welche das Valley umgeben, die vielen Wasserfälle sowie die Mammutbäume im Süden. Kletterer lieben den Park und bei genauem Hinschauen sieht man sie sogar als winziger Punkt in der massiven Wand hängen.

    Einen Tag später wollten wir das Valley
    auch noch von oben sehen und machten uns darum auf den Weg zum höchsten Aussichtspunkt, dem Glacier Point. Der Rundumblick von diesem Punkt ist echt atemberaubend, wir lassen wieder einmal die Bilder sprechen.
    Auf dem Weg zum Südeingang gab es nochmals einige grosse Bäume, Mammutbäume, zu entdecken. Ging leicht, man kann sie nicht übersehen.😂 Anschliessend ging es weiter südwärts, die letzten zwei Nationalparks wollten auch noch entdeckt werden.

    Was wir sonst noch gesehen haben im Yosemite? Tausende von Menschen und lange Warteschlangen... wir wollen uns gar nicht vorstellen, was hier während der Haupsaison los ist.🤔
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    Barbara Diriwächter

    Wow tolli Bilder und eueri Reisebricht sind eifach dr Hammer

    7/2/19Reply
    Evi Imholz

    So scheen😃

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    Hans Imholz

    Super😊😄

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  • Day22

    Day 21 Yosemite National Park

    September 19, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Heute wurde das Yosemite Valley angeguckt. Heute war es auch etwas wärmer 😅
    Eine kleine Wanderung von ca. 13 Kilometern wurde ebenfalls gemacht. Ein paar Eindrücke folgen. Es ist der letzte Tag in freier Natur, morgen geht es wieder Richtung San Francisco und Samstag auch schon wieder zurück nach Deutschland 🇩🇪😄Read more

  • Day5

    Yosemite National Park

    September 20, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Raus aus der Wüste und rein in die Berge! Yosemite liegt bei etwa 2.000 Metern Höhe in der Sierra Nevada. Die bekanntesten Felsen sind El Capitan und Half Dome. Obwohl wir Stunden hier verbringen, haben wir nur einen sehr kleinen Teil des Parks gesehen; doch diese beiden waren dabei.Read more

  • Day9

    Yosemite, California

    February 17, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    El jueves fue un dia largo de viaje, asi que recien tarde por la tarde llegamos a Yosemite. Nos quedamos en un hotel en Fish Camp, que esta pegadito al parque nacional.

    A la mañana del sabado salimos, salimos con la camioneta a recorrer el parque. Despues de media hora de manejar, y justito despues del tunel, nos encontramos con la vista del valle de Yosemite. Increible.

    Y como fue un fin de semana sin nieve... nos perdimos el ski pero aprovechamos para pasear en este invierno frio pero con mucho sol.
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  • Day9

    Day 9 - The Land of the Giants

    September 16, 2016 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    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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    Jan Kitto Burke

    I hope you slept well considering that inner mountain you need to climb!

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  • Day5

    Yosemite Valley, United States

    October 22, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    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

  • 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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    Trish Forrester

    beautiful place!

    12/3/18Reply
    Trish Forrester

    Nice!

    12/3/18Reply
    Trish Forrester

    These trees always surprise me, though I've seen them many times!

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  • Day13

    Yosemite Valley NP, California

    August 8, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Yosemite ist riesig und ein Tag (wie für viele Orte unserer Rundreise) einfach zu kurz! Es gibt zwar Shuttle-Busse, aber man muss trotz allem viel mit dem Auto machen. Bei der Ausfahrt am Abend kam es dann auch zeitweise zu Stau. Jährlich 3 Millionen Besucher zieht der NP an. Dementsprechend voll war es auch. Aber immerhin angenehme Temperaturen von bis zu 30 Grad C am Tag.

    Wir sind zuerst mit dem Auto auf den südlich des Valleys gelegenen Aussichtspunkt Glacier Point gefahren. Eine atemberaubende Aussicht in Höhe von 2200m auf das Valley und die gegenüber liegenden Yosemite Falls, den Half Dome, Vernal Fall.

    Dann ging es runter ins Valley, wo wir noch ein paar kurze Wanderungen zu den Bridalveil Falls, Vernal Falls und zu den Yosemite Falls gemacht. Und dann war der Tag auch schon wieder vorbei.

    Wildlife war nur spärlich vorhanden: Squirrels, Rehe, Hirsche, aber keine Schwarzbären, die hier auch recht häufig vorkommen sollen.

    Morgen geht's dann schon wieder weiter nach San Francisco. Da geht die Temperatur dann wohl noch mal auf max. 20 Grad C herunter.
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    Hallo zusammen, das sind ja Abenteuer pur. Mann o Mann! Fantastische Bilder; aber war klar die Zeit ist einfach zu knapp für all die Sehenswürdigkeiten. Nun habt ihr fast Halbzeit, genießt SF.….. nun wird es anders spannend und schön. Weiterhin alles Gute und glg G+T

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