Trip Start May 31, 2012
97Trip End Aug 24, 2012
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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
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