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Yosemite Village

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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

    10/2/21Reply
    Julianne Pitcher

    Looks so comfy! What a place to chill 😲glad you "belong"Cill!😅😘

    10/2/21Reply
    Julianne Pitcher

    Love these majestic trees!🤗 Towering above you "little" people as Gods impressive grandeur!

    10/2/21Reply
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  • Day38

    Hiking in the Valley

    October 15, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    We woke up after a cosy night under the stars. Luckily, there were no bears (we got an instruction from the park ranger that all food has to get stored in the bear boxes provided) and no law enforcement ranger who came to tell us that we actually had to STAND in the line and not SLEEP.
    We got our campsite assigned and decided to use some other muscles for the next two days. So today, we hiked Upper Yosemite Falls trail which starts right behind our camp. We stopped counting the turns going up, there were just too many. But when we got to the top, we were surprised by some nice pools and great views of the valley and Half Dome. At this time of the year, there is almost no water in the falls, so the hike was more about the views rather than the waterfalls - still very pretty. We climbed a little higher to Yosemite Point before descending again to the camp and taking a "shower" in the river. Back at the camp, we met a Swedish couple who are experienced bike tourers, so we exchanged some bike touring advice.
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    Andrea Anzalone

    Macht ihr eine kleine kletterpause?

    10/16/19Reply
    Herbert E

    Jo. Das war die kleine Klettertour vorm Frühstück 😁

    10/16/19Reply
    Claudia Wegener

    Tolle Fotos

    10/17/19Reply
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  • Day26

    Fly like an Eagle

    November 1, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    Woke up early to ice crystals clinging to our tent. Cool, literally. We hiked with our packs stuffed with water one kilometer high within 6 km to the top of Yosemite Falls where we enjoyed a well deserved beer (from Oregon...guilty) and sandwiches. We continued on to Eagle Peak where we had the best views, just in time for sunset. We really felt on top of the world perched on top of the valley. We camped right there beside a roaring fire. NOTE: How is this allowed when most of California is burning by the way? The next day we woke up early to prepare breakfast in front of the sunrise. Onwards, to El Capitàn, a famous climbing wall where we met a climber on the trail gathering water from a tiny dribble of a creek for his buds still on the face! Finally we returned to the valley completing a total of 32 km hike, after a knee-hurting descent!

    Nous nous réveillons tôt dans notre tente gelée. Littéralement : la condensation a formé des cristaux de glace entre la chambre et la toile ! Nous remballlons vite fait et quittons Camp 4 pour entamer directement notre rando et atteindre des hauteurs ensoleillées. Chargés d'une bonne réserve d'eau, nous grimpons avec effort les 1000 m jusqu'au sommet de Yosemite Fall, qui est asséchée pendant l'automne, le tout sur une distance de 6 km (une bonne pente...). Sandwiches et bières (de l'Orégon... Coupables!) sont alors bien mérités. Avec la majeure partie de l'altitude déjà acquise, nous mettons ensuite le cap vers Eagle Peak ("le Pic de l'Aigle") où nous attendent de somptueuses vues panoramiques, et largement dans les temps pour profiter du soleil couchant. On s'est vraiment senti sur le toit du monde, ainsi perchés sur notre promontoire. Nous avons campé tout à côté, avec un feu de camp très facile à allumer grâce au bois très sec ramassé alentours. NOTE : Certainement ravis de cette autorisation, nous nous sommes demandé si c'était bien raisonnable de la part du Parc, sachant que la Californie est tant sujette aux feux de forêt ces derniers temps ... Le lendemain matin nous nous levons tôt encore une fois pour préparer le petit déj au soleil levant (stylé). Nous repartons alors vers le sommet de El Capitàn, une falaise très prisée des grimpeurs. Sur le chemin, nous rencontrons l'un d'entre eux en train de remplir des bouteilles d'eau à une modeste source pour ses potes encore accrochés au mur ! Nous retournons finalement vers la vallée et terminons cette boucle de 32 km après une descente rude pour les genoux !
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    Meagan Beatty

    Perched like an Eagle on the top of Eagle Peak

    11/3/19Reply
    Meagan Beatty

    Weird, as usual

    11/3/19Reply
    Tracy Darbyshire

    Good for you guys...what an adventure. You've inspired Paul and I to take a trip there 🌄

    11/3/19Reply
    Lori Beatty

    The scenery is beautiful. And what a lovely sunset.

    11/4/19Reply
     
  • Day228

    Mammoth, Alabama Hills & Yosemite

    September 26 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Mer hend mösse om i Yosemite z goh en Reservierig mache womer hend mösse warte druf. Zom Ziit öberbröcke semmer 2 Nächt in Mammoth Lakes gse. Mer hend direkt a de Hotsprings gschlofe ond send onderem Sternehemmel be 5 Grad Ossetemparatur go bädele. Mer hend e chline Abstächer id Alabamahills gmacht, wos öber 400 Western Felme treit hend. Leider heds sehr vell Rauch gha wege de Waldbränd 😕. Noch dem semmer ufe ond direkt i Yosemite NP womer es riese Glöck gha hend wels de Rauch weg blose het 💨. Onglaubliche Sonneuntergang ond Ufgang öber de Felse hemmer gseh!
    S Meer ond d Küste rüeft darum gömmer wiiter 🌊
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    Katrin Van der Meer

    Eui Bilder sind eifach Meisterwerch!

    10/1/21Reply
     
  • Day39

    Hiking in Yosemite - part II

    October 16, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    As we hiked up the North side of Yosemite Valley, we decided to go for a trail on the South side today. We chose "4-mile-trail" which led to Glacier Point which offered stunning views over pretty much most of the valley.
    To go down to the valley again, we picked Panorama trail. This one had great views on Half Dome and passed Emerald Lake and 3 waterfalls on the way. All in all, we hiked over 20km with an elevation gain of 1500m on our second day off. Our leg muscles are totally sore and hurt even on a straight path. No idea how we should get back on the bicycles and climb passes tomorrow 😕
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  • Day14

    Ab in die Wildnis

    May 20, 2020 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 2 °C

    Heute haben wir die Städte der Westküste hinter uns gelassen und sind ins Landesinnere zum Yosemite N.P. gefahren. Herrlich!!! Das viele Grün, die schroffen Felsen, ... (und ein paar wenige weitere Touristen natürlich 😉). Auf unserem Weg haben wir gleich noch einen Blick auf die berühmten El Capitán und Half Dome werfen können 🤩. Leider reicht unsere Zeit hier nicht für eine Besteigung derselbigen ...Read more

  • Day40

    3000

    October 17, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Leaving Yosemite was actually hard as the road pass El Capitan again, this time very close by. Obviously, we had to stop for pictures of the impressive wall and those crazy climbers in it.
    Out of the valley, we started climbing up - and passed 3000km, at a perfect spot with El Cap in the background.
    Again, we had some really great experience with the people here. First, we had to go uphill through a long tunnel. A car stayed behind us all the time (going about 8km/h) in order to protect us from speeding cars coming from behind. Second, when looking for a campspot, Maggie stopped and invited us over to her place for the night. So we could cook dinner in a kitchen, have a hot shower and sleep on the porch under the stars. So grateful to meet all the amazing people in this country!
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  • Day24

    Welcome to Yosemite Valley

    October 30, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    300 km East from the bustling city of San Fran was a gem of a park! As soon as you enter the Yosemite Valley you realise why it is the oldest national park in the US (President A. Lincoln himself signed an agreement for its protection in 1864!) It is ridiculous. On either side are proud granite mountains that made Meagan giddy with excitement! The park was so full, even in the off season, that we needed to wait another day to explore...

    300 km à l'Est de la ville frémissante de San Francisco we trouve une vraie merveille de la Nature ! À la seconde où on entre dans la fameuse vallée de Yosemite, on réalise pourquoi c'est le plus ancien parc national américain (le président A. Lincoln lui-même a décidé de le protéger en 1864 !). Juste incroyable. Des vues à couper le souffle ! La vallée est cernée de majestueuses falaises de fier granit, qui ont fait frémir la fibre grimpeuse de Meagan. Mais même si tard dans la saison (fin Octobre!), le parc est toujours relativement fréquenté et il nous faudra attendre presque un jour complet pour commencer notre exploration...
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    Tracy Darbyshire

    Cool 🤩

    11/3/19Reply
    Tracy Darbyshire

    Wow....

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  • Day25

    Vernal and Nevada Falls

    October 31, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    We spent Halloween hiking the "spooky" Mist Trail in Yosemite Valley to Vernal and Nevada Falls. We encountered many steep steps, scary beasts (very comfortable fat squirrels), and waterfalls frozen in time. This 14 km loop (the way back on the historic John Muir trail) gave us views of Liberty Cap, Mount Broderick and the very famous Half Dome. We spent the night in Camp 4, a legendary base camp for climbers that established thrilling routes along these rock faces since the 1940's. We had an early night, under a clear sky decorated with a cute first quarter moon, and surrounded by climbers from all around the world cooking their dinner with headlamps and stoves.

    Le jour d'Halloween fût dédié à une rando des plus "étranges" le long du Sentier Brumeux, depuis le vallée de Yosemite jusqu'en haut des chutes Vernal, puis Nevada. Sur notre route nous croisâmes moult escaliers abrupts, des bêtes féroces (de bien gras écureuils pas le moins du monde effrayés par les êtres humains), et des ruisseaux figés dans le temps. Cette boucle de 14 km (dont le retour suivit le célèbre sentier John Muir) nous servit des vues inégalables de Liberty Cap, Mont Broderick et le fameux Half-Dome. Nous fûmes assez chanceux le matin même pour réserver un spot de camping à Camp 4, légendaire dans le milieu de l'escalade, dont les icônes s'en servirent de camp de base pour établir les premières voies de la vallée dans les années 1940. C'est là que nous passâmes la nuit, avec un ciel nocturne orné d'un discret premier quartier de lune, entourés de grimpeurs du monde entier cuisinant au réchaud et à la frontale.
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    Tracy Darbyshire

    Such an amazingly beautiful park. You guys did a great job of capturing the majestic beauty of it.

    11/3/19Reply
    Meagan Beatty

    Liberty Cap, Mount Broderick and Half Dome (front to back)

    11/3/19Reply
    Lori Beatty

    That was an amazing picture it look like a frozen waterfall.

    11/4/19Reply
     
  • 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. 😘

    1/27/20Reply
     

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