10 – 11 September 2010
The drive to Yosemite National Park from Lake Tahoe took us through some really spectacular terrain from amazingly salty lakes to massive canyons. We saw birds, squirrels and what we believe was a Coyote on the way.
Upon arrival we checked into our canvas sided cabin and were given strict instructions to remove everything from the car as a precaution against bear attacks. We emptied the car completely, taking particular care to ensure no food or smelly objects were left inside; yes I had to remove my dirty socks because you just never know what kind of sick bears are out there. All food and toiletry items (scented) we stored in our external bear locker. That evening in the car park we had our first deer sighting and later during the night you could hear bears moving outside the cabins testing the bear lockers, looking for one not latched securely.
The following day we went for a walk up to see a waterfall where we also got a great view of the spectacular cliffs surrounding the valley, particularly the famous Half Dome rock.
Later that evening we made the hour long drive to the Mariposa Grove, a famous grove of Sequoia trees. This would easily be one of my favourite experiences in Yosemite, the size of these trees, well their huge! The older ones don’t get that much taller but they keep growing wider, gnarled and weathered with age. I find it so incredible to think that some of these trees are over two thousand years old, the Grizzly Giant is thought to be 2700 years old! The changes in the world that these trees have lived through, Sequoias are thought to be one of the oldest living organisms in the world, incredible.
The following day we did the easy walk to Mirror Lake, which turned out to be dry; odd that they don’t mention anywhere that this famous lake has no water at the moment. Not recommended.
We set off on the long drive to Santa Cruz.