Aladdin Motor Inn
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We travelled yesterday through beautiful scenery, and extremely winding roads that had me clenching the hand grip in the car very tightly.
The Stanislaus Forest is very wide spread as we saw more of it on our trip to Yosemite NP today.
There were a lot of holiday makers towing big vans which amazed us!
Okay enough of yesterday apart from a delicious Italian dinner in the main street of Sonora.
... civilised to be one of the great motorcycle roads but has spectacular vistas along the coast and some great stops including some beaches with sea lions wallowing in the sand. On the down side, there was a lot of traffic even on an off season weekday and the prices of fuel and food were outrageous. That night we had to wash away the memory of a truly dreadful $6 sandwich with a bottle of
local zinfandel. Such is the life on the road.
... for us, they were. Driving over these passes was beautiful and we even managed to catch a view of Lake Tahoe. Once over the mountains we headed south and also descended around 6,000ft. Now it was just a matter of finding a place to park up before it got too dark. After a quick check in McDonalds, we discovered that Sonora had a Walmart, so set forth in search of the big 'W'. Arrived at Walmart and as there were no other campers had to get ...
... and it took us ages as we kept stopping to take photos of the amazing scenery. Just breathtaking. Not sure if the photos will do it justice. We spent some time on the valley floor, and ate our first Twinkie, before heading to the Vernal Falls hike.... wow. Only a 4 mile (round trip) hike, but quite steep and rocky... sensational scenery from every direction..... finishing in a stunning view of the waterfall. Then we had to make it back down..... Tom was amazing as the stairs ...
... Ranger also took note of how many people were in the car; there is a lot of wilderness backpacking here, so I suppose they want to account for everyone.
Hetch Hetchy is in the North West corner of Yosemite National park, and is quite controversial. It was a beautiful valley, with the Tuollome River flowing through, that dammed in in the early 1900's, after the earthquake in San Francisco meant a chronic water shortage. The 8 mile long reservoir can now hold 117 ...