Trip Start Feb 07, 2007
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Saturday, October 27, 2007

C & R are off to Los Angeles for the weekend, so we get the car! We head off on Thursday morning for the 3 1/2 hour drive to Yosemite National Park. We're soon driving over the hills, dotted with thousands of wind turbines. Tim is now on the look out for muscle cars and spies one on the outskirts of a small town. We stop for a good look at the SS Camaro. The owner of the little auto electrics business ambles out and the only comment he makes is 'It goes hard. It goes real hard'!! Onwards, there's lots of winding climbing roads before you drop down into the stunning Yosemite Valley. We're only up here for one night, so we're going to concentrate our explorations on this area. El Capitan dominates the view as you enter the valley - it's one of the world's biggest granite monoliths, standing solidly at an impressive 7596 feet. There's some brilliant views of the cliffs looming above you as you pass along the valley. Further down is the smooth shape of Half Dome (8842 feet). The indigenous people believe that the huge rock is the frozen image of a crying woman. We stop at the nearby Yosemite Falls. There's water action right now as most areas are dry during Fall. However, the amazing fiery coloured trees along the base of the valley really are a sight to behold.

We're staying at the end of the valley in Yosemite Village at the old camp known as 'Curry Village' (no curry in sight, to our great disappoint). At check in we have to sign a contract  promising that we're 'Bear Aware'. Bears are a serious issue here and you can't leave any food, rubbish, ice boxes, child seats or any scented products in your car or anywhere where the bears can get at them. All the car parks have special bear boxes where you can safely store these items. Apparently bears have literally pried open doors to get at potential food items. Our cute little wooden cabin is at the very bottom of one of the looming cliffs. We hire a couple of bikes and have a ride to a local trail called Mirror Lake. The views upwards from the base of the cliffs are incredible. The next day in the park we follow a steep trail to the footbridge at Vernal Falls and also check out some of the other viewpoints. To our great disappointment we don't see any bears. Chrissie saw one in the valley just a week before we were there... Rrrrrrrrrrrrrr!
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