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  • Day7

    Da ist der Bär los!

    October 6 in the United States

    Nachdem wir uns ein zweites Mal heute morgen um 7:45 auf die Warteliste für einen begehrten Campingplatz haben setzen lassen und dort weitere Leidensgenossen getroffen und wieder gefunden haben starteten wir unsere Rundwanderung durch das Yosemite Valley. Dem Valley Loop Trail folgend gelangten wir zuerst zum Mirror Lake. Dieser liegt jedoch aktuell trocken und führt nur im Frühling und Frühsommer Wasser. Danach ging es zurück zum Village und dem Visitor Center. Ein Schwarzbär (!), einige Eichhörnchen, Raben und Rehe kreuzten unseren Weg. Vom Visitor Center ging es zu den Yosemite Falls, die jedoch auch aktuell nur wenig Wasser versprühen. Dann mussten wir auch schon zurückeilen, damit wir die Campingplatzvergabe nicht verpassten. Diesmal hatten wir Glück und durften uns unseren Platz sogar aussuchen.Read more

  • Day97

    Yosemite Valley, California (Mile 742)

    July 20 in the United States

    Eigentlich müsste die korrekte Überschrift "Tuolumne Meadows, California (Mile 742)" lauten. Der PacificCrestTrail durchquert lediglich den östlichen Rand des Yosemite Nationalparks und durchläuft nicht das berühmte Yosemite Valley. Ich möchte aber nicht an einem der schönsten Nationalparks der USA einfach "daran vorbeilaufen".

    In nächster Umgebung des Nationalparks brennen große Waldflächen. Das Ferguson Fire umfasst mittlerweile 57 Quadratkilometer und nähert sich weiter dem Nationalpark. Der Yosemite N.P. ist zwar weiterhin geöffnet, aber der Rauch des Feuers liegt in der Luft und die Sicht ist durch dicken Dunst getrübt.

    Der Yosemite Gebiet hatte mich gestern nach der Paßüberschreitung gleich mit heftigen Gewittern überrascht. Der Vorteil dabei ist, dass Teile der Rauchpartikel aus der Luft gewaschen werden.

    Heute morgen habe ich ein Busshuttle ins 27 Meilen entfernte Yosemite Valley Visitor Center genommen (1,5 Stunden Busfahrt ins Tal hinab). Durch das Busfenster konnte ich dann meinen ersten kalifornischen Bären sehen. Er ist auf einer größeren Wiesenfläche entlang spaziert. Auch auf der markante "Half Dome" war vom Bus aus gut zu sehen . Der Busfahrer meinte, es wäre die erste freie Sicht seit drei Tagen.

    Vom Visitor Center habe ich eine Wanderung zum berühmten Kletterberg "El Capitan" unternommen und bin bis unterhalb der Steilwand gelaufen. Die besten Kletterer der Welt sind an diesem Berg unterwegs und die Dimensionen der Wand lassen sich im Foto nicht wiedergeben ... sehr beeindruckend.

    Am "Lower Yosemite Fall" vorbei ging die Wanderung zurück und der Bus bringt mich anschließend nach Tuolumne Meadows.

    Fazit: der Tagesausflug in den Park hat sich trotz eingeschränkter Sichtverhältnisse gelohnt :)
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  • Day134

    Half Dome Cables!

    September 27, 2016 in the United States

    We ended up crashing pretty early the previous night, which is a good thing as we needed an early start, so we saw the sun come up over the towering Yosemite Valley walls as we drove the half an hour to the top of the park.

    We hit the Mist Trail which sneaks up on you gradually as the nice tarmac path gets steeper and steeper, then turns into rougher and rougher steps, which then get bigger and bigger! We passed the two impressive waterfalls, although there wasn't a much water at this time of the year. Fortunately the trail levels out a bit (relatively speaking), and you wind you way up through the forest before you hit the subdome, and the steps begin again!

    After climbing 4,400ft as you can imagine the view from the top of subdome was utterly spectacular, looking across miles of polished rock climbing into the distance in all directions except for the view down to the valley floor many thousands of feet below.

    The last 400ft of elevation was Half Dome itself, and this could only be tamed using the cables they attach during the summer months. When you see it from a distance it doesn't look possible to get up without serious rock climbing skills, and as you get to the bottom of the cables it still looks pretty hard core. It was a very strenuous hike up and Jo didn't feel confident about the final few hundred feet, and I have to admit I was a little apprehensive myself but I steeled myself and donned my gloves.

    It was as steep as it looks, possibly more so! Your feet just about gripped, but without the cables there was no way I would be up there. Despite the thinning air (just shy of 3k metres) I powered up it and felt a little unusual once I was standing at the top. I started taking a few snaps and only then I realised that I was a few feet from the edge on a big overhang looking down on the valley floor about 6,000 feet below.

    Fortunately going down was significantly easier (mainly due to not losing your breath every 10 steps due to the thin air). Despite being fairly quiet on the way up there was an old chap determined to make it to the top, but that meant it was rammed solid and hardly moving so I bravely/foolishly swing to the outside of the cables. It was reasonably smooth sailing until I got to people who were a bit freaked out and wouldn't move so I had to freestyle a few feet before I could get a good grip back on the cables. One mistake on this thing and you wouldn't only slip down the few hundred feet to subdome but also the other few thousand back to the valley floor, which soon focuses the mind and I carefully made my way down.

    We set off back down and soon made the top waterfall. Rather than try and tackle the massive steps we took the longer but marginally more gentle route down the John Muir Trail. It didn't take long before the views looked familiar, as we had hiked this on a spectacular walk to Glacier Point when we visited the east coast about 8 years before. The views from the far edge of the valley were way better than the direct route up, and several enjoyable hours later we were reunited with Elvis.

    A much needed shower and a hard earned pizza and pint rounded off an incredible day in an unbelievably beautiful and awe inspiring park, before we returned to our layby and collapsed into bed.
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  • Day3

    Yosemite day 1

    October 21, 2016 in the United States

    Yosemite National Park é talvez dos sitios mais bonitos onde já estive.
    A paisagem é de cortar a respiração.
    Chegamos por volta das 14h depois de cerca de 4h de estrada. A Gloria é que veio a conduzir e eu sempre a darlhe no gps embora as vezes me esquecesse dele e ficava só a viajar de perdida no que via. Lá tinhamos nos de dar a volta e voltar ao caminho certo! Ao chegarmos a Yosemite fizemos uma volta no autocarro do parque o que nao nos valeu de muita coisa porque tinhamos mesmo de ter chegado mais cedo para aproveitar a luz. Ainda conseguimos fazer uma trilha para ver as Yosemite Falls. Amanha vamos voltar para fazer mais uma certamente.Read more

  • Day9

    Trail zum Glacier Point

    September 10, 2016 in the United States

    10. September

    Heute ist schon der letzte Tag im Yosemite National Park! Die längste Wanderung mit den meisten Höhenmetern haben wir uns für heute aufgehoben.

    Insgesamt 15 km ging es knapp über 1.200 Höhenmeter hoch zum Glacier Point. Von dort hatten wir einen super Ausblick zu den Yosemite Falls (zu denen wir vorgestern hoch sind), zum Half Dome (der halben Felskuppel) und über das ganze Yosemite Valley.
    Der Glacier Point ist genau senkrecht oberhalb unseres Camps, also der riesen Berg, der genau hinter unserem Zelt 1.200 Meter in die Höhe steigt. Daher war es ein cooles Erlebnis zum Schluss unseres Aufenthaltes, unser Lager mal von oben zu betrachten.

    Auf dem Rückweg haben wir uns noch im Merced River abgekühl 😊

    Auch wenn wir hier leider keinen Bären gesehen haben, ist uns doch noch ein Mountain Lion über den Weg gelaufen.

    Der Yosemite Park ist landschaftlich wirklich kaum zu toppen. Wir hoffen, dass wir nochmal wiederkommen!
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  • Day13

    Morning walk through Yosemite Valley

    August 19, 2015 in the United States

    We took a morning exploratory walk through Yosemite Valley before the temperature is supposed to top out at 99.

    A look at our campsite in Upper Pines. Beautiful, but this ground leads to very dirty feet in seconds.

  • Day9

    Down in the valley

    July 16, 2017 in the United States

    We headed down to the valley even though it was a Sunday. It was pretty busy but we found a good parking spot and walked over to Yosemite Village. We ended up taking the shuttle to Half Dome Village for lunch and to investigate bike and/or boat rentals but we agreed the prices were high for what you get.

    Samantha did achieve an important life goal however of hugging a bear and surviving!
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  • Day9

    Swimming in the Merced

    July 16, 2017 in the United States

    After lunch we walked around and then wandered over to the river for a swim. The water was COLD and I was quite nervous about the strong current we watched one adult almost drown! She tried to swim across to her friend and turned around about 2/3 of the way across and barely made it back. There were lots of people and those closer moved in to help her.

    After these pics we put on our life jackets and went a bit deep, including a short float in the current, but I didn't feel I could hold onto both of them and swim to shore very well so that was that. Still it was very refreshing and beautiful.
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  • Day10

    More pizza!

    July 17, 2017 in the United States

    So after the whole water adventure we decided to spend one more day in the valley. As it was Monday, the traffic was lighter. Still, we parked out by the El Capitan bridge and took the shuttle in.

    We ended up back in the village and had more pizza and checked out more museums and gift shops. Don't worry Kha - those cookies are made of broccoli and kale! 😀Read more

  • Day24

    Yosemite Nationalpark, Upper Pines

    September 14, 2017 in the United States

    14.9. bis 17.9. _3 Tage campen.
    Die Anfahrt von Lake Tahoe war schon voll aussergewöhnlich. Am Mono Lake vorbeigefahren und dann über den Tioga Pass in eisiger Höhe aber wunderschöne strahlend farbiger Natur gefahren in Tuolumne Meadows etwas gelaufen, leider nur kurz um rechtzeitig im Y. Tal anzukommen. Das Village ist von Curry in Halfdomevillage umbenannt worden. Im Tal nutzen wir nur den Shuttle, Auto solle man stehenlassen. Zelten am 1. Abend: Da es um 7 dunkel wurde, lagen wir halb acht im Zelt. Wir hatten kein Feuer, keinen Wasserkocher, nur primitiv Zelten. Essen musste man alles verschliessen in Bearboxes, einem Eisenschrank , sonst gibt es noch ne Feuerstelle. Eine nette coole Nachbarsfamilie hatten wir, sie boten uns morgens immer eine heiße Tasse Kaffee, auf ihrem Propangaskocher bereitet. Sie waren super ausgestattelt mit 3 Familien.
    Da wir hier Campen, sehr primitiv, können wir nur mal im Degnans kitchen WLAN nutzen.
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