River Rock Inn and Deli Garden Cafe
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... nature's raw power up close.
The final descent into the valley could be tackled by two routes: the Mist Trail, which was a short but steep descent which passed two waterfalls, or the John Muir Trail, which was longer but shallower and therefore easier on the knees but didn't quite have the same views. Feeling brave, we decided on the Mist Trail and were rewarded with stunning up close views of Vernal and Nevada falls. You could feel the spray from the falls, with the ...
... and sat at the picnic ground next to the van. Once the porridge was eaten, washed up in the bathrooms and got changed for the day. Headed to the registration cabin, $20 a night is not bad going, and popped to the store for a banana and water for the day. We caught to free shuttle from stop 15 to stop 6 where the valley loop trail started. We managed to do the half loop with was around 8 miles long which allowed us ...
... but they must be insane to even consider it. Once we left El Capitan and drove into Yosemite Village itself, the spectacular views surrounded us in every direction. The other most recognizable image from Yosemite is Half Dome - another huge granite outcrop which looks like it was once a dome that was cut down the middle. It overlooks the canyon and is a spectacular sight - such an iconic image, absolutely stunning to see in reality. ...
... Also just after Vernal Falls, the paths are sandy and/or rocky, the second half of the trek is practically just rocks, and I found myself climbing using all fours just to get to the top! I actually had a really fun time though, and it felt great to be outdoors and moving around, rather than sitting in a van all day. The views were also pretty spectacular too!!
We had a little photo and snack break when we reached the top of Nevada Falls, before starting down ...
... enjoyed an hour Junior Ranger Tour with one of the Park Rangers and learnt about the local trees and birds. An ice-cream to revive energy levels and a stop to view El Capitan (the largest granite monolith in the world) saw us on our way back home to pick up supplies for another barbie.
A quick swim and then reacquainting ourselves with the cooking sticks of the night before and we had completed another fun but exhausting day.