Yosemite National Park, California, USA
Yosemite was incredible. So incredible in fact, neither of us were prepared for just how amazing it was going to be. Both of us have said, if there is one place in the world we whole heartedly recommend visiting, it’s Yosemite National Park.
As we drove in on the Tioga Pass towards Yosemite Valley, we were met with breathtaking scenes that were made to be in the movies. Pine trees rolled along the hills, secret pockets of water seemed to appear from nowhere. We saw wild deer roaming in fields with mountain backdrops.
On our 8 mile hike took us up Half Dome past Vernal and Nevada falls, although we did not reach the summit, we were almightily impressed with the views on offer. The walk was far more intense than we had first thought. We were often walking along hairline thin rocky trails with the mountain edge off the side. Once we got past Vernal falls, the number of trekkers trickled off and we only saw the odd group once in while. The sounds of the falls were indescribable and the power of nature really was visible and overwhelming. We made our descent in the late afternoon sun and everything had a hazy glow.
We stayed in a place called Evergreen Lodge around 30miles out of Yosemite Valley, the place where most people visiting flock to and as such it can get rather crowded in the summer months. The lodge had a number of log cabins you could stay in as well as a restaurant, general store and areas outside where you could relax with a drink under the stars. We stayed in the custom camping section. We rocked up to find a completely pitched and secluded tent with all the necessary equipment. Definitely recommended.
- If you are an outdoor lover you need at least 3-4 full days here if you are passing through. We only had 2 days and this was not enough time, we were extremely sad to leave. We could have easily spent a week here.
-Book early! Accommodation here gets booked up early especially through peak season Late Spring-Early Autumn. There are a number of different campsites and a few luxury hotels within Yosemite Valley, they are not cheap. Staying out of Yosemite Valley is an option although you need to factor in driving time in and out of the valley if this is where you plan to spend most time.
-The Tioga Pass is a beautiful road to drive into Yosemite on, however it is closed during the winter months due to snow and is only opened one it is cleared, this can be as late as June so check the website first to make sure it is open!