Apr 26, 2012
Jul 23, 2012
It was quite warm today, even had a swim in the river before we left, very refreshing.
The drive out from the valley was also very scenic, mostly downhill as we were heading to the coast.
Drove down into Yosemite valley, another amazing drive, totally different to anything we've seen anywhere else & not at all like we thought it would be, driving through huge granite mountains. One thing the Americans do well is National parks & this was no exception, they also have shuttle buses to get you around to quite a few of the closer spots. One place we went to was El Capitan, a vertical rock formation about 3,000 ft from base to summit, that people climb. It takes between 3-6 days to climb so they actually sleep in stretchers hanging from the cliff side. When we were there, a guy was there with his telescope set up to watch the different groups of climbers, it's very hard to see them without a telescope as they are so far up. He was very interesting & has climbed it numerous times, an amazing spot. Most people that climb it only do about 500 ft a day.