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  • Day108

    Yosemite National Park

    January 7 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 3 °C

    Gestern hat es den ganzen Tag geregnet. Zum Glück saßen wir fast nur im Auto, auf dem Weg Richtung Yosemite National Park. Heute sind wir dann mit dem Bus in den Park gefahren. Je höher wir gekommen sind, desto mehr Schnee sahen wir (alles was bei uns als regen runtergekommen war, ist hier als Schnee runtergekommen). Die Landschaft sah ziemlich schön aus und schon auf dem Weg waren hohe Felsen und Wasserfälle zu sehen. Im Park sind wir dann einen Berg hoch gewandert. Da es nicht mehr so kalt war, war es ziemlich matschig und dadurch zwischendurch ganz schön rutschig, aber oben sind wir durch richtig schönen tiefen Schnee gewandert. Außerdem hatten wir eine tolle Sicht auf die umliegenden Berge und das Tal.
    Wieder unten angekommen ist sogar noch kurz die Sonne rausgekommen und wir haben uns dann im Café am Kamin aufgewärmt.
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  • Day50

    Yosemite National Park 1/2, USA

    August 4, 2017 in the United States ⋅

    Avant-hier et avant-avant-hier nous sommes allés au parc national de Yosemite. Dans ce parc il y a beaucoup de cascades. Moi je vais vous parler d'une des chutes d'eaux que j'ai adorée. C'était une chute qui était tellement haute que l'eau s'évaporait avant de toucher le sol. Elle s'appelait le voile de la mariée.

    Olivier
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  • Day4

    Yosemite Falls?

    September 18, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    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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  • 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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  • Day31

    Yosemite part 5

    July 14, 2017 in the United States ⋅

    Am nächsten Morgen brechen wir auf zur Rückfahrt an die Central Coast. Fürs Frühstück fahren wir zunächst nur vom Campground und halten direkt vorm El Capitan. Die Morgenstimmung hat ebensoviel Zauber, wie der Abend. Wir laufen über die Wiesen und überlegen, wie es so gewesen sein muss, hier vor 200 Jahren gelebt zu haben. Fast weht da ein Hauch von trauriger Ewigkeit durchs Tal. Wir schauen ein letztes Mal hoch zum Upper Yosemite Fall und dann gehts zurück auf die Straße. Zwischen der Sierra Nevada und der Küste herrscht die große Trockenheit Kaliforniens, ein krasser Kontrast zum Klima der letzten Wochen. Erst kurz vorm Pazifik wird es wieder etwas grüner und wir sind in Santa Cruz angekommen.Read more

  • Day4

    Yosemite Point

    September 18, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Aujourd’hui Robert avait prévu qu’on en ferait une légère et facile pour se remettre de notre longue randonnée d’hier au Half Dome. Le choix s’est arrêté sur Yosemite Falls et Yosemite Point. J’ai émis des doutes avant de partir puisque bien que la distance soit moindre (14 km aller-retour), il y a quand même un dénivelé de 875 m entre le point de départ et Yosemite Point à faire en 7 km. Mais bon on y va pareil !

    En route vers le point de départ, la conductrice de la navette lance tout bonnement « this time of year the falls are dry, we call them Yosemite Wall ». Bien comique, mais ça ne nous arrêtera pas et on planifiait de rendre au Yosemite Point, un peu plus haut que les chutes de toute façon. On aura juste pas la vue (j’imagine magnifique) d’une des plus haute chute au monde.

    En partant ça commence déjà à monter assez raide : presque seulement des marches et paliers. Là j’ai une pensée pour mon genou lorsqu’on devra redescendre. Pour me motiver je me promet de la crème glacée à notre retour !

    Plusieurs belles prises de vues donnant sur la vallée et les gigantesques parois rocheuses, incluant le Half Dome s’offre à nous. Ok ça va valoir la peine cet effort. En haut on passe un pont où coulerait l’eau qui alimente la chute sur ce n’était pas la saison sèche et on va au point de vue qui est là. La vue est à couper le souffle. Littéralement.

    À cet endroit c’est un palier rocheux qui s’arrête brusquement à la falaise. Pas de clôture ou de garde. Robert monte sur un bout de roche qui donne l’impression d’être juste le bord du gouffre sur les photos. Lui il monte là comme si rien n’était et répété de faire attention (comme sa mère lui aurait crié sans doute 🤭). Mais bon, je ne veux pas être en reste et moi aussi vaut faire crier ma mère 😏. Alors je monte aussi sur le même bout de roche mais pas mal plus lentement que Robert et en jurant un peu. J’étais vraiment pas à l’aise ! But I did it !

    En prenant les photos j’avoue avoir pensé qu’il ne faudrait pas s’arranger pour se mériter un Darwin Award ! 😬

    On poursuit donc notre chemin pour le Yosemite Point à environ 1.6 km de là, un peu plus haut. Là il y avait un garde et je me suis approché assez pour prendre des photos, mais pratiquement à quatre pattes (vertige !). On a pris notre lunch vers 11h30 à l’ombre d’un arbre, en profitant pour aérer et reposer nos pieds avant de redescendre vers midi.

    La descente a encore été pénible pour nos genoux quoique on s’y attendait. Je me suis trouvé des trucs et positions de descente pour aider à gérer la douleur, mais ja avais beaucoup en tête la crème glacée que je m’étais promise pour garder ma
    motivation. Robert a trouvé la descente plus pénible sur son genou je crois, mais il est plus vieux que moi 😉.

    En chemin jusqu’à environ 1 km de l’arrivée on croise des gens qui monte… il est rendu passé 14h et je me demande vraiment à quoi ils pensent. On a commencé à 8h et ça nous a donc pris 6h faire l’aller-retour jusqu’à ce point, clairement ils ne sont pas préparés ou trop optimistes s’ils veulent se rendre jusqu’en haut et revenir avant la noirceur. Je suis bien curieux de savoir ce qu’ils ont fait finalement.

    Enfin arrivés on reprend la nacelle jusqu’au Yosemite Village Store et on se prend quelques vivres dont un Gatorade pour se réhydrater, une bière pour un apéro et une barre Häagen-Dazs que je dévore immédiatement ! 😋

    Au final, notre randonnée facile n’aura pas été si facile mais elle en a valu la peine. On a fait un total d’environ 1300 m d’ascension. Demain on va prendre ça plus relaxe, pour vrai cette fois 😇
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