Trip Start Apr 20, 2008
74Trip End Aug 15, 2010
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Up at 7am for a cooked breakfast. The place we stayed, Yosemite bug hostel did some really good food but you had to wait ages for it! We then set off in the 'bug bus' and stopped at a place called Yosemite Institute. We were lucky enough to spot a bear on the way, just a black bear, they don't have any grizzlies left anymore. We set off on a hike and were amazed to find that the ground was still covered in snow. We walked for a couple of hours in a giant sequoia forest. The biggest trees were about 3000 years old and about 10m in circumference. After hiking back up to the bus we drove down into the valley. They valley is where all the people are, about 10,000 tourists staying there at any one time..
We stopped at a lookout to see most incredible view I have ever seen, the park is absolutely amazing, massive tall mountains, pine and sequoia forests and waterfalls all over the place, some of the highest in the world. They also have some of the best climbing in the world. We stopped by a river for lunch where we could see a mountain, 1000m high and with binoculars you could spot climbers. It takes an average group of climbers 4 to 5 days to climb up!! That means sleeping somewhere up in a crevice. They have these hammock things that they can clip on to the rock and sleep in. After lunch we did another hike up to the top of Vernon Falls, it was a great walk and some amazing scenery. We saw a wild cat and quite a few squirrels and chipmunks. My legs were sore before I even started due to the last couple of days of walking and bike riding so by the end they felt like jelly.
On Sunday we did a walk around the property on Yosemite bug and our guide told us all about the local wildlife especially the flowers which he kept stopping to take photos of. We went to the entrance of an old mine shaft which a few people crawled down into...eek. Had a look at some quartz and then kept walking to a water hole. The water was so cold that it sent stabbing pains up your leg if you just put your toes in. Some people jumped off the rocks but they were out pretty quick. We headed back to San Fransisco about 3 in the afternoon arriving at about 7. Three others from the tour were also staying at the green tortoise so we all pitched in and cooked some pasta, picking up some extra tourists on the way to the supermarket to share our meal.
Interesting Fact: Giant Sequoias contain so much tanic acid that they are immune to disease and insect free, they remain standing for thousands of years after they die.