Yosemite National Park

In an effort to play catch up, let’s flash back to August when I was in California.

After leaving the Bay Area.  Wojc and I headed east towards Yosemite National Park.  We drove all day and made it to the park in the late afternoon on Thursday.  We drove through the winding hills and finally found a campground that had availability.  Little did we know that we were embarking on a 5 mile dirt road with massive potholes in our extremely low to the ground car.  Let’s just say the drive was tense.  Luckily, Tamarack Flat campground is stunning with it’s boulders.

The following day, we rose early and under the advice of a ranger packed up the car, drove back up the dirt road and headed towards Yosemite Creek Campground.  Apparantly, this was “just a few miles away”. Of course, one hour later and 10 miles down an even more precarious road we arrived at the campsite.

Yosemite Creek is a dry, dusty place with wind gusts howling.  But, oh is it worth it.  It’s isolated and therefore pretty private for the park.  We had planned to go on a hike that day, but braving that road again sounded like pure hell and possibly the end to our relationshiop so we made the wise decision to hang at the campsite all day.  We were camped next to the creek which we utilized for swimming and laundry.

Clearly we had no access to stores so we survived on the last of our bread, some tomatoes and cheese and of course, a whole bag of oranges courtesy of Ev in San Francisco.

I can’t say enough good things about this campsite.

We managed to spend all day lounging, reading, exploring the area and trying to make a gallon of water last.

The next day we rose early and set out towards Yosemite valley for a birthday hike.  It seemes to have become a theme in my life to spend my birthday camping or swimming so this was the perfect setting.

We made it to Yosemite Valley and words

can’t express its grandeur and beauty.  Half Dome and El Capitan are beautiful beasts surronded by forests and fresh rivers.  We decided to hike up to Vernal Falls and it did not dissapoint.  I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. (click on photo to enlarge)

It was a nice way to mark the beginning of a new year for me.  Out of this world beauty.


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