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I do like Wednesdays, indeed it has always been one of my favourite days, but even I think that maybe one Wednesday a week is enough?
Or are we in some weird time zone?
The Best Western in Mariposa is not an exciting place, but it will do the job nicely.
Although neither of us was terribly hungry, we wandered up the road until we came to the only decent place to eat, where we found most of the rest of the tourers. Joining the Noakes and the Malones ...
... World.” The annual Artichoke Festival is held at the end of May. Marilyn Monroe was given the honorary title of Artichoke Queen in 1947 during a visit to the Monterey Bay area.
In Moss Landing, our final seaside encounter of the week, we turn inland and head for Gilroy, another food-themed city.
We wind our way over the twisty Hecker Pass, Highway 152, before arriving in Gilroy, ...
... whilst we went to see one of the most famous trees in the park - the Grizzly Giant. it is between 1900-2400 years old, making it one of the oldest in the grove. It's counted as the 25th largest tree in the world. After a few pictures of this giant, and it's fellow giants around it, we headed back to the horses. The sky was starting to look a little greyer, and the thunder was definitely getting louder and more often so we wanted to try and make it back to base ...
June 1st – Day 28
We were told we needed to leave early
to beat people into Yosemite. We headed away by 8.30am and there were
still a number of cars on the road. Our America the Beautiful pass
got us in free otherwise it would've cost us $30. Pulling up in the
carpark we found a number of RVs already, one of the busier places
we've been at 9.30am.
By the time we headed to ...
... can walk in Yosemite.
The bus took over an hour but included some fantastic views as we climbed out of the valley. The driver, Herb, was also a fountain of knowledge about all things Yosemite and he must of annoyed our guide as he effectively stole most of his material!
The view from Glacier Point was stunning, but somewhat packed with people from the large tour buses. Across the valley you have a fantastic view of Yosemite falls, the highest in North America, ...