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Yosemite National Park - Day 1

Friday, June 27, 2014

I am so far behind in my blogs because of traveling with my friend, coming back to TX, moving in to my own apartment, and getting internet. Before I left CA, I went with my friend and her husband to Yosemite National Park for 3 days, then stopped a little at the top on the way over the other side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Mammoth Lake, also in CA, for a day. Then we traveled back to her house on Sunday, I did laundry and packed on Monday, and left on Tuesday (not last Tuesday but the one before)

Anyway, enough of that. I'm going to post in this blog some pictures of our first day there and the things we did. I hope to post a blog for each day we saw things in Yosemite, and then one for the day we spent at Devils Postpile and beyond at Mammoth Lake.

First I have to say that it is really big! I lived by the Gila National Forest and think this is bigger than that was. I think I could live here years and not finish all the trails and hikes there are here!

As we drove for a while in Yosemite, this is the first place that we stopped. It is a mile-long tunnel, dug completely from the rock, that you have to drive through to travel this road. There are a few main roads and other side roads going into Yosemite. There are also places that we couldn't access by vehicle, either because the parking lots were already full or because there weren't public parking lots. While at Yosemite there are free shuttle buses that run all the time to different places. You can park near a destination and take a bus instead of trying to find parking all the time. This was this month (June) and campground usually aren't open until July for the public because it is much cooler usually. There was a snow storm 2 weeks before. But when we were there the temps were great for shorts and they had opened the campgrounds up.

Right after we came out is a big parking lot where you can see some of the rock formation. The tourist season doesn't really start till next month but it's already very busy as you can see. These are just a few of the people you can see one way through my camera. It was packed there in back of me too as I walked around!

Views from the lookout

After we drove a little further (winding up mountain road all the time and sometimes down a little) we stopped at a trail vista for Bridalveil Fall. We took the very short hike, about 1/4 mile I think, to see the falls. Pictures of the whole fall didn't come out well because of the sun but I have them from another place I think on another day. But I have part of the falls as it came down and all the people on the little trail.

This one down the road came out better. There are also longer trails, both above and leading to then top of the falls, but much more than I can possibly do!

Lots of beautiful grassy meadows all over too.

After that we went to Yosemite Villiage, which has a few souvenir stores, places to eat, a general store, Ansel Adams gallery, and, of course, a post office!

After that we went a little bit further to Tent City and Housekeeping. Both of these places have tent type structures set up more permanently to rent for a week or a few days or a whole summer. Apparently housekeeping meant didn't meant they work for the big lodge (beautiful place with gift stores, bar, and room for rent for a price in old log fashion of a big hotel)

Some are even right by a creek that runs through the area. Some have a few electrical outlets inside with a couple of beds too and you camp inside. Some others just have a couple of electrical outlets outside with more tent side and less solid side. There is also a rec room where people go to use laptops and get internet access and charge their equipment. And of course beautiful views!

Then we drove way up higher to the top of Glacier Point, where we could look down below. There was places to look off and also trails from it leading around the area and also down the steep mountain to the valley below. Of course that is way beyond me at this point!

This is looking down at where we'd been at the townsites

And of course up there was also a souvenir/general store! But I don't have a picture of that. After this we went back to the bed & breakfast we were staying at, about 25 miles from the entrance. The scenery was just so beautiful.

Hopefully tomorrow another blog about another part of Yosemite different from these.

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