Life in the wilderness

Trip Start Oct 07, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, October 11, 2010

The drive to Yosemite National Park from San Francisco took around four hours. Our van was hardly luxurious, but it got us from A to B, and a trailer was connected to the back for luggage to give us more space.

We stopped off at a supermarket on route for food and alcohol supplies. My favourite bottle of wine ‘Galileo California Rose’ was only $3.49!! To keep costs low we started a food kitty for lunch and breakfast, we kept cereal, milk and sandwich supplies in big cooler boxes in the trailer. This saved us a fortune.

Yosemite is in the central Sierra Nevada of California and covers an area of 761,268 acres. As we neared the park the scenery was amazing, we drove through deep valleys, towering trees and along the edges of mighty cliffs, climbing up to nine thousand feet at some points.

Tyler, our tour guide took us walking to see the ancient Giant Sequoias - the worlds largest trees. Yep, they were tall. Some of the trees are 1800 years old.

We arrived at the Yosemite Bug Hostel early evening, I was absolutely shattered and was still suffering from jet lag. It was bizarre as it felt like we had all known each other for weeks, and it hadn’t even been 24 hours. And it was great that everybody was from different parts of the world, it made conversation so much more interesting. I had a well deserved beer in the restaurant and then by 8.30pm I could no longer stay awake. The girls in the group all shared the same dorm room and bathroom. Random people were already sleeping in the room so we had to get ready in the dark using our mobile phones as torches. It was rather ridiculous.

The next day we were up early to go hiking. Whilst most people stayed in bed until last minute, Elise and I were up at 6am washing, drying, straightening our hair and slapping on make up. Just because your going hiking doesn’t mean you can’t look nice right? Though this formality soon began to slack as the week went on.

We met up at 8am for cheerios on the veranda. The hostel complex was set in the middle of the forest amongst the valleys and trees, it was a lovely place. We made our sandwiches and drove for about an hour until we reached Curry Village in the heart of Yosemite. We used the free bus service that runs around the park to Happy Isles and began our hike on the ‘Mist Trail’ up to the Vernal Waterfall. The scenery was gorgeous, Yosemite is definitely one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen, the pictures below don’t do it justice.

On the bus back to Curry Village we saw a Coyote casually strolling along the road. We didn’t see any bears though, which also roam freely around the park. That evening we had pizza and wine in the park, before setting off back to the hostel. Everywhere we stayed on the trip had free Wi Fi internet, I’m so glad I took my netbook. The next day we were up at 5.30am for a ten hour road trip to Las Vegas…
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sheepi and tina newton on

Well what can we say Yosemite looks gorgeous wish we could have been there.It sounds like an assault course what with getting up at dawn and riding around in a rickety van as transport.
Pity we didnt go there as it wasnt far from San Fran. We were wondering if the coyotes were dangerous and what you would have done if you had seen a giant brown bear in Yosemite.
Yes another interesting chapter keep em coming baby!

dawnolivia on

Erm thanks, Sheepi and Tina Newton. What about mum and dad, what are they up to?! Apparently if a bear approaches you, you have to wave your arms around and generally act like a mad woman! So a bear was never likely to approach me in the first place really was it. The van was ok, it wasn't that bad. There was only 10 of us with 13 seats. Love you xxx

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