Yosemite National Park

Trip Start Aug 20, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Once up and about and having found somewhere for breakfast, we set off for the drive into Yosemite.  The drive actually took longer than we thought - but the view when we drove in was worth it - it was breathtaking! 

There was the most amazing landslide on to the road, the biggest that we have ever seen - which meant that we had to drive down another road instead.....just wish we had taken a photograph....hope no one was travelling on that piece of road when it went :-/

Once into the actual park we drove down the valley floor with huge granite cliffs above us and a crystal clear river by the side of us.  Lucy wasn't feeling too hot, she felt sick so we ended up pulling over and letting everyone have a paddle.  The water was gorgeous, absolutely freezing, but so clean and full of little fish.  Lucy and Daniel kept going out deeper and deeper, until they got to the point where their pants and tops were wet.

After managing to get the children out of the water (they could have stayed there all day!)  We headed over to the very busy Yosemite Village to get provisions for the day.  It was such a surprise and disappointment to see the car park so full.  We have got rather used to the quieter season during this trip - I dread to think how busy this place would be over the summer months.

We got out of the village as quickly as we could, to escape the crowds and enjoy the views and the peace and quiet.  We had a picnic in the woods and the children enjoyed collecting HUGE pine cones and climbing trees.

We found Yosemite to be a beautiful place - which Jeff and I were able to appreciate.  The children on the otherhand, didn't have such a good time.  Perhaps we need to visit again when they are older and able to handle much longer walks.

We looked for bears and mountain lions the whole time we were there.................but none to be seen............we were gutted.  You were very lucky to see a bear Natalie and we are very jealous!

After a very long day we had no where to stay so planned to find accomodation on route.  Unfortunately what we hadn't planned for was a festival happening close to the park which involved a 49er party and chilli tasting and meant that all of the local hotels/motels were full!

We were given the name of Hotel Jeffery which on paper sounded great - historical and full of character............down a very twisty road.....and they had a room.  Great!  So off we went...........we drove into the village with a few turned heads, it seemed as though not many cars drove through those parts!  Then we saw it.............nothing like the photo in the brochure - historical, yes, it looked as though it had had nothing done on it since the 1900s!  By this time I was having a sense of humour failure so Jeff went it alone to check it out.

He came back - a very old hotel full of cats - no thank you! 

So off we drove again, eventually finding a hotel with far less character, but was clean and new!
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