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... and stories of Yosemite. The Yosemite Valley is only 7 miles long and 1 mile wide and 94% of the park is still untouched. We were on the lookout for bears as they estimate 400 – 600 live in the park and late afternoon is often a time when you will see them. We were all disappointed not to see one but happy seeing deer and squirrels. The ranger said 2 to 4 bears have to be put down each year as they wander into the ...
... would never know that it was there. There were a couple falls that were flowing , but you had to get up to Glacier Point in order to see them. That first morning in the park we visited the visitor center and some of the gift shops, and then went on a short 5 mile hike to Mirror Lake and around the valley bottom. By the time we wrapped up the hike and explored the rest of the valley it was time to head back to our campground outside of the park... BACK UP HILL.
... after our walk. I was so dehydrated I was shaking. It was pretty bad. There was some double-vision, but after some chicken fingers and some water, I was ready to get going again.
We capped off the afternoon by looking in some shops. Matthew and Grampa went to the Junior Ranger meeting with the Yosemite Park Ranger. Apparently Matthew had the most questions out of all of the other kids (and he was one of the youngest ones there!) After the meeting, Grampa and Matthew put ...
Hiked-but not too strenuously.
Biked-through the meadow and around the valley. Really fun! Kids enjoyed it very much.
Swam-at the Curry Village swimming pool. 360 views of granite walls from pool!
Ate at Curry Village-pizza one night and meatloaf the next. Also ate at the Merced River one afternoon coming in though El Portal (had to get gas).
Where We Stayed:
We stayed in Groveland two nights so we could spend one full day at Yosemite Village, and have the next day for the drive over the high country to Lee Vining.
From their website: "Opened in 1921, the Hotel Charlotte is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Charlotte DeFerrari, the hotels name sake and builder, was born in Genoa, Italy in 1881. Her family migrated to the California ...