The Yosemite National Park was one of those things that was already added to our list even before knowing the route, just like the Grand Canyon. We are neither athletic nor camping people but we do enjoy a lot a quiet and playful walk in the woods; hiking for us is more like what a little kid will do in the forest, casual walk and jumping up and down the trees :)
As we have already mentioned in the Mariposa post, a terrible fire was affecting the Yosemite park while we were there. It started a week before our flight to Los Angeles and was supposed to last to at least the beginnings of October. It was a horrible piece of news. When I was a little girl my grandparents had a house in the countryside and every summer a fire somehow was menacing the surroundings, I really can remember only one single time when we were really scared for an evacuation but every year a fire was near there, so I may be extra conscious (and scared) of them.
However we learnt that thanks to the excellent firemen work and the fact that the park is humongous (3000 km2 which is 761,268 acres) like 3 parts of it were exactly like nothing was happening. The only thing that was not so safe was following our initial route entering the park from the Mono Lake, but as Diana and Willie (our Mariposa hosts) pointed us showing us a Yosemite’s webcam, the rest of the park had bright blue skies. That put our minds at rest!
We finally visited Mariposa grove, the most impressive Sequoia’s forest, Tunnel view and hiked the Sentinel Dome a little peek that once on the top it gives 360º views of the park. The Bridalveil falls were also in our route. We had really not given much thought to it (city mice fault?), because obviously the falls were dry during the summer so not even a single drop of water to see ;)
Here is more true than ever, a picture speaks a thousand words, so we will leave you with them on the left side. Climb the trees with us!
** This post is part of our US road trip series **
We learnt that when a tree falls in the forest it is left there for regenerative purposes.
My not very hiking-like backpack.
Boys playing :)
Albert would make a good trapezist.
We saw an empty sequoia, and Albert was brave enough to explore it. Mostly spiderwebs and a very black hole he found :)
“Un palo! Un paalooo!” Sorry for the Spanish joke :) There is a popular ad right now on tv with a kid very excited when they parents give him a simple wood stick (“un palo” in Spanish) as a birthday present.
Tunnel view and the cutest park ranger, she wore hair braids.
Climbing uphill the Sentinel Dome.
Goofing around, weird in us right? ;)
My Helly Kitty sneakers were not so pink and white anymore, she needed a bath.