Yosemite and Tioga pass

Trip Start Jun 01, 2010
Trip End Mar 11, 2011

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

After a good night of sleep we started out today around 09:00,on our way to Yosemite. Our first stop was to be Mariposa Grove close to the south entrance. Here it is that the oldest living thing in the world rises around 210 feet (64 meters) above the grounds. Its the approximately 2000 year old 'Grizzly Giant', a huge sequoia tree. When we arrived at the park it was very busy. The road to the grove was closed which meant that the parking lot at the grove was full. So we parked our car at the entrance and took a park bus to the grove. Whilst hiking up the path we caught up to a group guided by a park ranger. We followed this group up to the Grizzly Giant as the ranger had some interesting information about the forest.

After a good two hours of hiking we headed out further into Yosemite towards glacier point. We were warned that there was some road work ahead and that we could get around an hour of delays. It was not too bad, the caravan of cars crawled slowly though the forest. Once we got to the glacier point road the road cleared up and we had a smooth ride up. On the way we saw a bear cuff playing in the forest, wow!.

Once up at the peak we had the most amazing view of one of the most beautiful places on earth. There was one little down side, when we looked down in the valley we saw a resemblance of a colony of ants crawling over the valley floor. Looking closer it seemed to be people, lots of people...

Our way up the Tioga pass brought us through the valley floor where we parked the car and joined the crowds to have a close look at the Bridalveil falls and took a short hike to the base. Around 15:00 we made our way up the Tioga pass. driving through beautiful landscapes and stopping frequently to make some photos. The pass reached 9943 ft height. Halfway down the way we reached Olmstead Point. From here you look into the Yosemite valley from the opposite direction. We took a little hike to a scenic point where we enjoyed gorgeous views of the landscape.

Shortly after we continued our way down the pass to Mammoth lakes, a ski resort town at 7800 ft where we had booked the hotel for the night. This hotel is something different, its called the Austria Hoff. The building looks like its built in the 1800's and resembles an old Austrian Ski Hoff. It has no elevators, so we had to pack some essentials from the car and drag them up the stairs. Although the place is old, the room is spacious and Internet is free. Once we had checked in we headed out for a very nice Thai meal at 'Thaid-up' a local eatery with really nice authentic Thai food. We were beat, so after dinner we headed back to the hotel to catch up on emails and to recharge ourselves and the batteries of the camera. We watched the replay of the Holland-Cameroon game.

Tomorrow we head out to Zion national park, an 8 hour drive. We don't know if we will get that far but we'll see tomorrow...
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