Yosemite National Park
Trip Start Sep 25, 2012
56Trip End Mar 01, 2013
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Shrnutí v češtině: Po 3.5h cestě jsme se dostali do národního parku Yosemity, kde jsme v kempu strávili 2 noci. Stejně jako v minulém kempu jsou všude cedule, že venku je hodně medvědů. Veškeré jídlo a toaletní potřeby se musí zamykat do velkých plechových beden. Smradlavé ponožky údajně medvědy nelákají a mohou zůstat v autě nebo ve stanu. V Yosemitech jsme si udělali pár výšlapů. Všude je plno obrovských hor, stromů, vodopádů a drzých veverek. Medvědy jsme nepotkali. V noci byla zase pěkná zima, tak jsme si na sebe vzali prakticky všechno co jsme sebou měli.
We had a 3.5 hour drive into Yosemite National Park to Crane Flat campground. It was a gorgeous day. We stopped in a little hardware store to try to get a 2nd camping mat for M. A lovely old guy in the store was so helpful. We explained that we only needed something basic for 2 nights as we were flying away again and he offered us big sheets of bubble wrap. Tempting but we worried that the noise might attract bears ;-) He also told us we’d see the landscape getting greener as we drove around to the other side of the nearest mountain range. From the entrance to the park we then drove another 100km to the campsite which shows the scale of the park. The drive was beautiful with spiky mountains, forests, lakes. The campsite was huge and we had lots of space for the car and tent although the ground was a very fine orange dust that dirtied everything. Each individual site has its own picnic table, campfire and bear box where everyone has to strictly lock away all food and anything scented like shampoos, soaps, baby wipes, sun cream, hand gel and even bottled water. M asked what about smelly socks but apparently bears aren’t fussed on them and they could stay in the car.
We had a little walk from Curry Village to Yosemite Village and J had a quick dip in the icy cold river. Free shuttle buses circulate constantly around the valley and are great. We paid $5 for a hot shower in the valley, saw a few deer and drove ˝ hour back up out of the valley to our campsite for a dinner of tinned chilli beans & some red wine before bed. It gets dark really quickly and is pitch dark by 7pm so by 9pm the campsite is totally quiet with everyone asleep.
We were cold, dirty and smelled of smoke from the fire. We were really tired and very much looking forward to getting to Jacinta’s cousin Siobhan’s house in San Jose about 180miles away.