Sleep in, blueberry waffles, mountain driving, hidden valley, breathtaking scenery – happy to be here!

The alarm was set for 6.00am however, it was not turned on.  Obviously too tired last night. The body clocks were set for 7.00am so that is the time we rose.  Time enough.

We joined several other guests in the dining room and picked up lots of tips on the planned visit to Yosemite NP.  They were two couples from Ohio and New Hampshire – very friendly and helpful.  They gave us their unused 7 day pass for the park – a very nice offer.

After uploading yesterday’s blog we returned to our cabin and finalised the packing for the day’s activities.  The car was in gear by 9.30am and we headed off into the very warm day (around high 20’s – degrees C).

First stop?  You guessed it – Starbucks.  It was going to be a long drive into Yosemite so we made sure we ordered the Grande today.  No fat food to go with it – trying to wean ourselves off the sugar.

In distance terms Ahwahnee to Yosemite NP is not great. However, with winding roads, speed restrictions and traffic, the drive takes around 90 mins.

We listened to some of the new music we bought in SLO.  One of our favourite bands Mercy Me was perfect background music and complimented the incredible scenery that we experienced as we drove.

Entry to Yosemite Valley (From the direction that we approached) is via a long tunnel through the mountain.  Immediately on exiting the tunnel the view of the valley presents as a once in a lifetime experience.  It is a breathtaking sight and you can park the car and enjoy the vista laid out before you.  We took quite a few photo’s of the valley from
this wonderful vantage point.

The drive into the valley and down to the Yosemite Village area passes one photo opportunity after another so we stopped the car a couple of times and walked to find some different angles for our photo’s.  From a pure composition point of view you cannot really take a bad photo in Yosemite however, from a technical point of view (with my new camera) it is a big challenge.  It was fun to play around with exposures and I learnt a lot during the day.  The Princess took her usual great photo’s – they make mine look ordinary.

During the day we toured the valley floor on foot and we took in Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Village, Curry Village, Happy Isles and a long hike alongside the Merced River.  It was such an incredible experience and we kept on reminding ourselves how blessed we are to be able to travel to different parts of the world and experience natural and man-made treasures.

We wanted to leave the park around 6.30pm because sunset is around 8.30pm and we wanted to be off the mountain roads by then.  Deers and bears are known to get “caught in headlights” and we didn’t need to get up too close to the Yosemite wildlife.  We made good on our planned departure time and returned to Oakhurst around 8.00pm.

We purchased some very tasty soup, salad and turkey at one of the major shopping chains Vons and brought that back to our cabin for supper.  We were able to heat the soup and enjoy a light supper “at home”.

The slight change in altitude, the warm weather and the hiking have resulted in the two of us being quite tired tonight so, after completing these last few lines I am going to join my Princess in getting ready for a deep sleep.

From the mountains of California we bid you and yours goodnight.

Roey and The Princess

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