Unfortunately, it was time to say goodbye to the beautiful city of San Francisco. We had our last drive over the Golden Gate Bridge and started our journey to Yosemite National Park.Well…kind of, before that we have stopped at Target to get some cash & stock our boot with some food to grill on the fire, snacks to keep us going on our hikes and drinks, well to make our evenings by the fire more entertaining.Prices at Yosemite are super high and the choice of groceries is not that great so I would recommend everyone doing this trip to shop before leaving a big city.
I am not going to lie this part of the journey is the most unpleasant-4 hours on a not so interesting road, well 3 hours on a boring motorway an hour of spectacular Yosemite views leading to the camp. Luckily, me being me I came up with an eating game- guess the flavour of the gummy bear.Been feeding Daniel gummies for good half an hour and I swear he hadn’t got a single answer right [Chuckles]. Next few hours we were listening to 80s and 90s songs trying to guess the artist and the name of the song- Daniel did much better at that one, I, however, realised that I can not tell the difference between Spice Girls and Destiny’s Childs.
Entering Yosemite National Park will cost you $30, but it is definitely worth and you can stay at the park for 7 days. As soon as you enter the national park the scenery changes- amazing beautiful mountain cliffs, stunning pine trees and rivers filled with fresh mountain water- is there anything else you could ask for? Keep your eyes peeled as you are likely to see bears, rabbits & deer along the road.We stayed at Upper Pines Camp and it is the best camp I have stayed so far. Our tent was facing a beautiful mountain cliff, bathrooms were nice and clean and we had running water. You can find a detailed guide to the campsites here– please note the majority of the campsites you need to book well in advance, however, there are several camps that you do not need to book, but you will need to arrive 4am-5am to wait in the line for first come first served camps. Once your tent is setup it is time to go and explore some Yosemite amazingness:
Half Dome. If you are a Mac user you will recognise this place from Yosemite wallpapers, if not you still probably seen this beauty somewhere before.Rising nearly 5000 feet above Yosemite Valley and 8800 feet above sea level, Half Dome is a great challenge to many hikers.
Yosemite Valley.Probably the most visited place in the park and the location where I saw wild bears for the first, and only time.valley offers glimpses of icons such as Half Dome, El Capitan and Yosemite Falls.There are several hiking trails starting here, so if you are up for an active day in Yosemite, you can start here.
Glacier Point.Will give you an overlook with an astonishing view of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and Yosemite’s high country, it is accessible by car from late May through October or November. From mid-December through March, cross-country skiers can experience this view after skiing 10.5 miles.
Yosemite Falls.Yosemite is home to countless waterfalls, but this 2,425 ft beauty left me the biggest impression.The fall is actually made up of several different falls and can be seen from numerous locations in the park.You can see this fall anytime between November and July, but the peak flow is in May. If you are spending couple days in the park I would recommend hiking to the top of Yosemite Falls, the hike will take a full day- but what an awesome adventure.