Sunday, August 23, 2015

Day 7 (22 August 2015)

A dry Yosemite Falls.

A little water is flowing over the Yosemite Falls - however we needed to look hard to find it.

A squirrel at the Lower Yosemite Falls

It's all about Yosemite Falls.

The main river that flows through the Yosemite National Park valley - a great mirror view.

The famous Half Dome from the Mirror Lake, Yosemite National Park

The dry Mirror Lake inside the Yosemite National Park

Guess who? Taken from Washburn Point, Yosemite National Park.

Half Dome from Washburn Point (8,800 feet)

Neil and Anne at Washburn Point.

Showing off at Washburn Point.

More showing off at Washburn Point.

A downward view where we had parked our Bertha taken from Glacier Point 2000 feet above.

Half Dome from Glacier Point.

Another view of hazy Half Dome with Neil and Anne. Taken from Glacier Point.

Another view of hazy Half Dome with Choon and Meng. Taken from Glacier Point.

Our last view of Half Dome at Glacier Point

An early wake up made us leave our accommodation at 7:45am for Yosemite National Park. It is only 8 miles away however being a Saturday the popular weekend holiday site for Californians it is necessary to beat the crowds. This was a great decision. On our arrival we parked our Bertha with no problems and then headed straight for the Lower Yosemite Falls. Because of the late summer season there were no flowing water over the high cliff. Nevertheless, the view was awesome. Within the park there is a free shuttle service…so we boarded the bus to take us near Mirror Lake. Again no water in the lake but the famous Half Dome and the Yosemite Valley was visible. Boarded a second shuttle bus back to our Bertha and had lunch near the Information Office. By this time the crowds were thick and fast. After lunch we drove out of the Yosemite Valley and headed for Glacier Point – about 23 miles away. The road ascended to 7,214 feet which is about the same height as Mount Kosciusko in NSW. There are two lookouts here and definitely the highlight within Yosemite National Park. The views from Washburn and Glacier Points were spectacular. The Half Dome from a distance is great and looking down a couple of thousand feet down onto the car park where earlier where had parked was amazing. The only drawback today was the smoke haze that prevented picture perfect views and photographs. Apparently the smoke condition are the caused by the serious bushfires occurring in northern California who have being affected over the past few weeks. Back to El Portal we stocked up food for dinner tonight – smoked sockeye and pasta, yum!…. in our self-contained rooms. Tomorrow we head out of Yosemite National Park westwards to South Lake Tahoe. This is famous for the Bonanza location TV series and near the Nevada border. So….cheers to all.

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