American Adventure Day 6 - Yosemite

Yosemite National Park Travel Blog

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the mountain road leading to Yosemite

The day started at 6am where I was picked up at my hostel by Roman who was to be our driver and guide on this day trip to Yosemite.  I am not a morning person and consider 6am to be an ungodly hour to be awake.  This better be worth it.  After offering a half hearted good morning to my fellow passengers we were on our way.

The trip to Yosemite involved travelling through some wonderful mountain roads.  Being on the coach it was reminiscent of the film Italian Job( the English original not the remake!).  The scenary was spectacular and I wasn`t even at the park yet!  Id taken the precaution of putting in a fresh batter and memory card on my camera and it was clear I was going to need them.

Roman kept as entertained on the 5 hour journey with his sense of humour and excellent knowledge of the areas we were travelling through.

The coach ride involved taking us to some of the key points of the Park including breath-taking views of the mountains and waterfalls aswell a trip to see the giant sequoias.  I simply do not have the words to describe the beauty of this place.

Next we were taken to the visitors centre within the park and given a few hours where we could simply roam anywhere you want.  There are laid out paths that will guide you to specific points in the park but I decided to go off path in the hope of spotting some bears!!  Some young American kids had clearly had the same idea as myself.  We made our way through the amazing terrain, crossing streams, climbing mountains ( ok I exagerate it was a few rocks!) until we reached a steep hill climb up to one of the waterfalls.

  This is where I remembered that although these kids were still teenagers and full of energy, I was not!! I made my way back onto the path that lead me to one of the many pastures within the park and just sat and took it all in.  I could have happily stayed there forever but now it was time to return to the coach.  I had taken the sensible precaution of entering the gps location of the visitots centre into my phone, you really could get lost out here, and eventually made it back to meet Roman and the others.  It had been ana amazing experience, however I did feel slightly deflated when one of the other passengers returned with photographic evidence of spotting a bear!!

A short coach ride took us to the location of the giant sequoias.  We were now 6000 feet above sea level and would now have a 30 minute hike to their exact location.

one of the giant sequoias.
  It was hard going due to the altitude and steep incline of the trail but seeing these majestic trees made it well worthwhile. 

And that was it, time to return to the coach for the long journey back to the hostel.  Yosemite is simply the most beautiful place ive ever seen and a one day tour does not even allow you to scratch the surface of what it has to offer.  I hope one day to return but next time for a much longer stay.

Back in San Francisco it was raining ( naturally!) and I had arranged to meet up with Sarah, one of the random girls who had asked to pose with me two nights earlier!  She took me to some of her favourite bars in the North Beach area and then finished off in a club whose name I cannot remember.  It was a great way to end my last night in this amazing city.

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