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Toward Yosemite (June 23, 2009)

Driving from San Francisco to Yosemite and visiting Mariposa Grove.

Road to Yosemite


After driving down Lombard Street, the famous twisting street, we left the San Francisco. We took the direction to Yosemite; it was the beginning of the adventure!
First we stopped at a Wal-Mart to buy food, water and an ice chest. We went through the central valley; the road was boring, country music was on the radio like “God is great, beer is good, people are crazy”. Far away we could make out hills and peaks of Sierra Nevada.

We entered in Yosemite National Park at 6:30 p.m. and visited partially Mariposa Grove. This part of the park is famous for its giant sequoias. Grizzly Giant is 2000 years old and is one of the biggest: it is 64 m tall and has a circumference of 28 m.
Unfortunately, we were late and we didn’t have time to visit entirely the grove. However we had the opportunity to see a nice sunset over the forest.

Finally we reached the campground of Yosemite Valley when it was completely dark. There was nobody at the reception, but as we knew the number of our camp site we went there and pitched the tent. We had to store food in food locker; bears are attracted to human food and can break into cars to investigate any object that smells or looks like food.

Mariposa Grove, Californie Mariposa Grove, Californie
Giant sequoias of Mariposa Grove.

Yosemite Valley, Californie

Information


  • There are many campgrounds next to Yosemite Village, all are cheap ($20 per night). Campground reservations are available in blocks of one month at a time, up to five months in advance, on the 15th of each month. During week-ends and summer time campgrounds fill quickly, only few hours!
    http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/camping.htm

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