Trip Start May 31, 2012
Trip End Aug 24, 2012

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Well what a night we had – no one got a wink of sleep. We were staying in what seemed to be a lovely lodge but once jojo and I went to bed Arnaud stayed up to work and the house came alive with MICE!!! He saw them running round the kitchen!  So of course once he came to bed and told me about the mice I couldn't sleep a wink, especially because the babies were on beds on the floor and I kept imagining the mice (or worse maybe a rat!) running over them!

First thing on the agenda today was to see these weird things called tufas which are limestone towers that used to be underwater, but when LA expanded they took too much water out of monolake and they became exposed.  The guidebook says it’s one of the top 10 must see things in california, and while they are a bit weird I wouldn’t go rushing to the middle of nowhere to see them!

The main thing to do today was yosemite park.  What a place!!! It’s absolutely beautiful, like every photo we took is a postcard – I don’t think I could ever have imagined how beautiful it was.  If I were ever to come back I would probably spend 2 or 3 nights in the park to see more, though I think we did see a little bit of everything since we drove from one end of the park to the other.  Our first stop was for lunch (yip ham sandwiches again) which seemed to attract a whole swarm of wasps so lots of va t’en going on! We went down to the river for a wee play and discovered much to Jo and my excitement that there were trees blown over creating exactly the dirty dancing scene! Youipee! We both had a wee shot at recreating the moment, even Elodie had a shot but it just ain’t the same without Patrick!

After lunch we took the road to the vernal falls.  We nearly went to Yosemite falls but luckily I checked the guidebook and saw that its dry at this time of year – imagine hiking for hours only to discover the falls are bone-dry?! Hahha that’s the kind of thing you might expect us to do, but I was clever for once!  So the walk to the vernal falls view point was described in the book as being suitable for prams and wheelchairs.  No bother for us eh?? We left the prams thinking Rowan would walk and Elodie would sleep in her baby carrier.  Well goodness me I’m really not sure who on earth could push a pram let alone a wheel chair up that cliff face! Honestly it’s almost 3 miles of vertical climbing and was bloody tough going, even for seasoned hikers like ourselves!  Jo thinks she’s a bootcamp with all this exercise, and I have to agree - 3 meals a day and daily 10 mile walks in the belting hot sunshine does loose the inches!  The falls were beautiful and well worth the treck. Somehow the road back down was also difficult since it was a vertical slope downwards so our thighs had to take all the strain.  It’s gonna hurt tomorrow!

Next on the agenda was a viewpoint called glacier point which gives amazing views over the whole of Yosemite valley.  Before heading to the viewpoint I encountered the worst toilets ever… actually maybe joint 1st with china train toilets… this one was so awful I was boking just at the smell.  To give you an idea, grown men were changing their minds about using them once they saw them.  We had a 4 hour drive ahead of us so we couldn’t afford to be so fussy… Anyway, lets get back to the views which were totally breathtaking! There’s plenty of signs around the viewpoint warning about bears being around but sadly we never saw any – would have loved to see a bear turning someone elses car into a hatchback!

To end the day we had a long drive to stockton which was livened up a little by driving over a snake in the middle of the road and also a huge rat!  Night night xx
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M'Amber on

You take me right back to sitting watching the sun set on half dome - the memory will last a life time! Remember also standing on the bridge looking at vernal falls. I'm guessing you were sensible (in fact what am I thinking, it's you I'm talking about?!) and stopped at the bridge? We walked/climbed/scrambled up to where the water starts falling - amazing but a near death experience! Cannot believe Elodie standing on the rock - where did little teeny baby Elodie go????? xxx

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