When we entered the state of California, for the first time (and the last time) we encountered the state border. We did not know what they would want us to do, but we prepared our passports (our only ID card valid in the US). The lady did not want the passports, and she just asked if we have some fruit or vegetables. We told her we only had three apples. The lady wanted to show them, so we showed her a bag of three apples and continued on the way.
The road to the Yosemite Park was relatively narrow and winding, but mostly very waved, so it reminded us as if we were on a roller coaster. Girlfriend called this phenomenon as “Californian bumps” 🙂 Otherwise, there was nothing much to see here and most of the trip was just a wasteland, sometimes some mountain or rock appeared.
Our target was the village of Lee Vining, in which we had booked accommodation at Lake View Lodge. This village was simultaneously the gateway to Yosemite National Park on the shores of beautiful Mono Lake.
Yosemite National Park
After experiencing the Yellowstone National Park, we knew that we would have very little time here, so we did not stop at each landing, but in advance we picked out the places we wanted to visit and just watched the signs that led us to these places.
At Yosemite National Park book at least 4 days and count on hikes.
At the entrance to the park we were surprised that we did not go through any check that would require us to buy a ticket. Which made us a bit complicated because we relied on the fact that we will get a map that will take us to the park. So we visited the first Visitors Center we met and the map picked up there.
Yosemite National Park, unlike the Yellowstone National Park, is built mainly on hiking and it is necessary to reserve more days fot the park.
The first stop was Tenaya Lake. Tenaya Lake is a mountain lake located between Yosemite Valley and Tuolumne Meadows. The lake is located at an altitude of 2 484 meters above sea level.
The next stop was Olmsted Point, which is a beautiful sightseeing spot from which you can see the Tenaya Canyon. In the north you can see the Half Dome and the South Tenaya Lake.
We also stopped in the woods of Tuolumne Grove, where we traveled. We went for a long time, but we did not see anything interesting. Only the trees that had the lower parts of the trunks burned and the smaller trees were burned all over. About twenty minutes later, we turned and went back to the car. At the car Eva found a huge cone 🙂
The last point of our interest was the mountain called El Capitan. This mountain is located in the northern part of Yosemite Valley. The height of the mountain above ground level is about 900 meters and is one of the most popular places for climbers and BASE jumpers. At the top of the mountain it is possible to climb from Yosemite Valley along the Yosemite Falls.