Aug 11, 2010
Aug 18, 2010
Yosemite was incredible. I'd say it is the 'first class' V.I.P version of a national park. The facilities and infrastructure in place made the whole visit a breeze, buses take you all through the park and you can jump off at various stop points. Our first waterfall was Bridalveil falls. An ethereal stream of water rolls of the top of the mountain, all the while dancing in the wind
. It was gorgeous. We did a 3 mile hike, a half mile ( at least) were these rustic stone stairs up a narrow mountainside with the destination being a closer look at the waterfall. I'm proud we made it as far up as we did, not quite to the top, but we both admitted we were 'missing steps' at that point and it started to feel a little unsafe. Once we were at our highest we chilled on these big boulders and it felt like we were getting a bird's eye view into the valley. Again, with the facilities, at a midway point there was a little water station for you to refill your water bottles. Albeit the facilities do have their limitations. Pushed to extreme hunger, there weren't a lot of good food options in the park. They missed the entire point that one is gladly willing to compromise quality for cheap prices, and instead sold a crappy taco bell esque burrito for Ruth's Chris prices.
We got back super late from Yosemite and I'm pretty sure we cried a little when we finally landed at the hotel. We couldn't leave the park the way we wanted to, as we approached a road construction area framed on a burned out mountain side of desolateness there was a road construction sign which informed us the road didn't connect to anywhere, especially not the road we needed. After some serious driving on mountain side detours, we made it. The drive was beautiful and scenic though.