Day 87, Yosemite National Park.......
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Today was a very long day.......We started again by waking up at half five am and heading down to the pancake breakfast. Michaela asked a complete random to open the fridge and then if we were allowed to make pancakes, she thought he worked here but he as just a chinese person.
The incredible adventure tour bus picked us up shortly after and after an eventful ride around and around the city, with the driver driving over the kerb about three times, we were on our way on our four hour journey.
I tried to sleep at first and got a bit but not much before we stopped and a produce market half way. Along the way we drove through the central valley, which stretches 400miles long from Sacramento and L.A, and is 75miles wide. It produces over 25% of America's fruit vegetables and nuts.
Eventually after a ride which didnt seem too long we arrived at Yosemite. We were told that the trail for the Giant Seqoia's, the largest trees in the world, was shut due to weather conditions which was annoying but never mind. OUr first stop was a look out point (inspiration point i think) from which we had a 'postcard view' of half dome, Yosemite Valley and most importantly El Capitan. it has been a long standing ambition of mine to see El Capitan and its sheer cliff face so i was delighted to accomplish it. Next we travelled down through the valley and were dropped at the Yosemite falls, the highest waterfall in Continental America...and it was fantastic. We stayed for ages at the foot taking pictures alongisde the stream and the waterfall. Pictures were great all day as, although they have had record low amounts of precipitation, there was still loads of snow and frozen rivers. The rest of the group did a 2 hour hike to another waterfall but Mikay's knees are hurting so we didnt. IN the end we were probably glad as we had a great day.
We looked around the visitors centre at first and then got the free shuttle bus to an outdoor ice rink.Unfortunately it did not open until the time we had planned to leave, but we walked over the road and played in the snow and messed about by the river where we stood on frozen water and walked over fallen trees over the river. The views were absolutely amazing, really breathtaking and like nothing i have seen before. It was such a magnificent place to visit.
At around 4pm we headed back to the visitor centre to be picked up by the bus. We stopped at one last view point on our way out at got some more pictures of El Capitan and the valley. It was great. When we neared San Fran on the way home the driver stopped for a last picture shot off the city lit up.
Back at the hostel we relaxed and i got another bath before heading downstairs to have a few drinks at the Australia Day party. What a great day.
Whitey who is struggling for money had a fun day going to the aquarium at Pier 39, doing my washing and walking around the city. He said he had fun and it did sound quite relaxing.