The end of the tour
Trip Start Sep 01, 2010
29Trip End Nov 01, 2011
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As we drove further into the park we got our first glimpses of Yosemite Valley itself, containing El Capitan (a 3000ft granite cliff, perhaps the most famous climbing location) and Half Dome, quite literally a dome mountain carved in half by a glacier. The granite cliffs and mountains climbing out of a green canopy of trees filling the valley.
We went for a short hike and got to see Giant Redwood trees (sequioia) which were absolutely spectacular, so huge round and they reached far above the other trees around them. Another life long dream fulfilled :)
Set up camp next to another sunset group and revelled in the fact that, since we were in Yosemite for two nights, we wouldn't have to pack up again in the morning! Amazing how much you appreciate that sorta thing...
On our second day in Yosemite Scott dropped us off at Glacier point view point, the weather was perfect and the views of Yosemite valley were stunning. We then took the rest of the day to follow a few trails down past a few waterfalls and into the valley itself. Managed to swing free showers at the bottom which was a real bonus!! (Should point out here, campsites in national parks rarely have amenities like showers or hot water!)