Beauty on Our Doorstep
Trip Start Jul 13, 2009
42Trip End Oct 07, 2009
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The first day we headed into Yosemite National Park and headed straight to Bridal Veil Falls. There wasn't much water coming down but it was still beautiful... and would have been even more so if there hadn't been as many tourists. We got talking to a local though and that was interesting. We then headed off to the Mirror Lake trail. Again we found Yosemite Village and Curry Village very busy with tourists and parking was slim
The next day we headed south to Wawona and the Mariposa Grove. The carpark at the Mariposa Grove was full so we had lunch by the river and parked at Wawona Visitor Centre so we could take the bus back there. We just missed one so we noticed there was a trail to the grove. We asked a ranger at the visitor centre what the trail was like and she said it was nice and 6.5 mile long one way then we could walk down and catch the bus back. She didn't tell us there was a 2100 ft elevation change and all uphill
The last day we were heading for Lake Tahoe but decided we might as well make it scenic and drove through Yosemite and over the Tioga Pass. It was beautiful. We wished we had done one of the hikes up there as it was amazing. Next time! We stopped off at Tenaya Lake for lunch and Adi went for a paddle. We watch climbers going up one of the nearby hills. The drive was really cool apart from the end where Adrian realised we had left the folder with all our bookings back at Yosemite Bug Inn. We call them and they said they would arrange a courier for it to San Francisco.
Yosemite is best seen in spring when Mirror Lake is full and the waterfalls are gushing. Yosemite was still a very beautiful place as you will see from the photos and believe me I really wanted to be climbing. It would be fantastic to get to one of those summits one day.