Yosemite National Park - Day 1
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June 19th, 2008 – by: joelhauer
I met up with the tour company, namely Mitch & Erika. I was also introduced to others in the group of 9. Sandra and Louise were Swedish friends traveling America together. They were very nice, and had a quirky sense of humor. Yves was french, and also traveling, he booked the tour after finding a cheap flight from france, taking time off his Hotel Marketing job. Annette was German, and traveling solo, she was quiet but thats only because she wasn’t confident with her english.
The brief introduction was dwarfed by the following 6 hour drive towards the entrance to the Yosemite Parks. After a couple of stops for food and drinks in the blistering 45 degree heat of California’s ‘sunny state’. We started our 3 hour hike on the foothills of the Giant Sequoia Trees in the Maripose Grove. Th trees were somewhat spiritual in their size, standing modestly and dwarfing other confidently sized trees into shrubs. The hike was a very nice rainforest feeling hike, which took us from the car-park to an elevation of a further 300m.
After returning from our hike and picnic, we took a further 1.5 hour drive to the Yosemite Valley. The outlook point which seemed to reveal itself around a inconspicuous bend, was an incredible view and experience. It was like a painting, an open space which didn’t hide its grandeur, and showed a glimpse into the geological history of the area.
We got the the campsite, and the tents were already assembled! We had some time to observe the facilities... A outdoor kitchen sink, public showers, and neighboring hotels swimming pool. At about 8.30 we had a prepared bbq dinner, which was a meaty tomatoey pasta. That night ended early with some drinks by the campsite and tomorrows wake up time of 6am on my mind.
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