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Trip Start Jun 05, 2011
Trip End Jul 22, 2011

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Cedar Lodge
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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Hello munchkins,

Welcome back for another short installment of the world's most popular blog.

Day 13 - 18 June 2011:
So it was time to up and leave San Francisco. After our big night, we were feeling a little under the weather but ready to leave the big smoke behind and head into the wilderness.

We checked out of the hotel and picked up another hire car. Our destination was Cedar Lodge in El Portal, a little town outside of Yosemite National Park.

Here's a funny story (kind of). Just after I had booked Cedar Lodge (back in Oz) I googled the hotel to find out a bit more about it. Somehow I came across this Wikipedia entry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cary_Stayner) about a serial killer that had worked as a handyman at Cedar Lodge. His victims had all recently stayed at the motel. Needless to say, Shelly was pretty happy that we were staying in the "Murder Lodge"...

The scenery on the trip from San Fran to Yosemite was really cool. The trip was about 3 and a half hours but we weren't bored at any stage. This was especially true for the scenery as we neared Yosemite.

Due to record snow melt, thanks to a sudden rise in temperatures, the Merced river was really running fast. The river and the surrounding, enormous mountains made for some really breathtaking sights.

We arrived at Cedar Lodge and checked in. The rooms were actually really nice, and the whole motel had a nice feel, not what you'd expect from the Wikipedia entry...

We decided that to make the most of the National Park we would have a quiet night and get up early the next day. We had a great steak dinner at the motel restaurant and hit the hay.

Day 14 - 19 June 2011:
We got up early and went to the same restaurant for breakky. It was nice because they finally offered eggs and bacon rather than waffles. We were served by a lady that was 114 years old.

After breakky we hit the road up to Yosemite Park. We were surprised with how well run the park was with information centers and places to eat scattered around. We followed the advice of a nice lady (park worker) and saw the following sights:
  • Yosemite Falls - Huge waterfall that you could get right to the bottom of. The power of the wind and spray coming off it was incredible.
  • Bridal Veil Falls.
  • Glacier Point - This was really cool. It was a really hot day but there was snow everywhere. Shell even made a little snowman. We had lunch up the top of Glacier Point which had some of the best views of the park.
  • Mariposa Grove - Yosemite has around 600 giant Sequoia trees. We saw the biggest one they had to offer in the Grizzly Giant. Sequoia trees are not generally the tallest trees but often take records for sheer volume of their trunks.
After all that we said goodbye to Yosemite National Park and hit the road for the drive to Three Rivers, a small town outside of Sequoia National Park where our adventures would continue.

See you tomorrow :)

Grizzly Ross and Giant Shell.

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The photos are awesome, nearly as awesome as those two peeps in the photo...

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