Adventure: Yosemite N.P.

We took advantage of my business trip in late July to the Los Angeles area to take a family trip to Yosemite National Park (https://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm).  While not necessarily the closest option, Mrs. SFTE had never been and I was there only once for about a day back when I lived in San Francisco.  So we decided to go for it.

Given that we had limited time and the trip was multi-purpose, I think we did a pretty solid job of seeing a solid portion of the park.

Day 1

We left the Los Angeles area around noon and had a pretty hefty drive up to the park. 

We stayed in the cabins at Camp Curry (formerly Half Dome Village).  No, not real camping, but convenient, since we didn’t really have gear.

Home sweet home!

Day 2

We have some friends that worked in the park for a while, so we asked them about areas that would provide a good feel for the park given our limited time but also help avoid the heat and the crowds.

They sent us up to Toulomne Meadows.  I’d highly recommend making the trek up there.

Lembert Dome

We did a few hikes here.

Lembert Dome – awesome hike!

We at lunch by some cascades on the Dana Fork.

Cascades on Dana Fork

We did a scramble up a dome near Olmstead Point.

And then finished with a hike through the Wawona Grove of Giant Sequoias.

Wawona Grove

Day 3

We decided to take on Yosemite Valley.  First up was the Mist Trail – all the way to Nevada Falls.  The above average snowpack meant the water flow was still impressive.

Nevada Falls, Liberty Cap, Mt. Broderick & Half Dome

We got an early start, but to avoid the crowds coming up the trail, we descended via the John Muir Trail.

Super proud of Little SFTE.  She handled the hike like a champ.

Top of Nevada Falls

Once we got back to the valley, we walked over to the visitor’s center and grabbed a pizza and ate it by the river.  There was also a river bath – but no pictures were taken.

Valley Floor

Day 4

Unfortunately, we had to head back to Los Angeles to catch our flight.  On the way out of the park, we checked out El Capitan.

Climb on, kid!

El Capitan

And, we stopped by the Mariposa Grove.  As expected, it was super crowded, but still worth a visit.

Mariposa Grove

Summary

It is difficult to describe the scale of the majesty of the park.  All I can really say is that you need to go see it for yourself. I just kept muttering “this is freakin’ amazing” at every turn. 

There’s not much we would do differently.  We’d like to come back and spend more time up in Toulomne Meadows and try to camp up there.

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