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RV Trip USA – Yosemite National Park

After 4 brilliant days in San Francisco we were back on the road and heading for Yosemite National Park. The drive from San Fran takes around 4 hours or 190 miles and as we arrived around midnight, we conveniently parked our mobile home on the side of a road and waited until morning to begin exploring.

We have arrived...

We have arrived...

Yosemite is a truly beautiful National Park and at the time we were there, it was definitely filling up with summer ‘vacationers’. There are plenty of things to do at Yosemite – relax in the numerous campgrounds, drive or bike ride around the base of the park or as many people love to do… hike all over, which is what we did too.

Our first hike to The Upper Yosemite Falls started at 3pm. We decided that we wouldn’t do the full track having been advised that it takes 6 hours. However we started and heard so many people on their way back talk about the incredible view at the top so we had to keep going. And the walk was tough particularly as we hadn’t done a huge amount of exercise in our first few months of travelling and it seemed that every corner we turned, the inclinations just got steeper. But we got there in the end and as everyone had said, the view was well worth it.

So happy to have made it to the top...

So happy to have made it to the top...

The walk back down was quicker and easier and as we turned the final corner we were greeted by a BLACK BEAR. Literally 5 metres away. The bear was as startled as we were. While another Aussie couple stood with Elissa and discussed ways to get home safely, Pete was following it into the bushes trying to capture the best footage or get up close and personal for a happy snap. Unfortunately you’ll have to wait for the video – Elissa’s hands were shaking so much that I didn’t manage to take a good pic but Pete definitely got plenty on film (and the only photo: below).

This was the bear we encountered when we turned the corner!!! Awesome...

This was the bear we encountered when we turned the corner!!! Awesome...

It was amazing to think that when we were in Yellowstone, bear sightings at the time had been so few and far between and Rangers were always alerted to where they were which meant huge crowds and a line of papparazzi. But on this occasion there was no protection, no Ranger and just the most amazing encounter we’d had to date. We were safely back in our RV by 9.30pm.

Our 2nd day in Yosemite we set aside for a full day of hiking with the aim to reach Vernal Falls and continue along to Nevada Falls. We were told that this particular walk was not as intense as the day before but it was still a very good workout. In total this hike was to take 6 hours but we decided to take our time and packed some lunch to enjoy at the top. The scenery was stunning along the way, no bear sightings (unfortunately for some) but just the best feeling to have reached the top and enjoy beautiful views of the falls and relax in the sunshine.

One of many waterfall pics...

One of many waterfall pics...

Finally some flat ground to walk on...

Finally some flat ground to walk on...

And we are done... 2 massive hikes, a total of 22.8km walked at 2700 ft / 823m being the highest elevation.

And we are done... 2 massive hikes, a total of 22.8km walked at 2700 ft / 823m being the highest elevation.

The US summer had arrived… It was a Wednesday afternoon and we didn’t have a care in the world.

So after a couple of strenuous days, we finished our time in Yosemite at The Ahwahnee Hotel for a cocktail and beer. Cheers!

A few extra notes:

Once you have arrived inside the National Park, it is very easy to navigate your way around. You can also receive plenty of information and maps at the Yosemite Village Visitor Centre. There are campgrounds spread out across the park and plenty of picnic areas too. If you are visiting in summer, definitely book a campsite in advance as they fill up pretty quickly.

Upon leaving Yosemite National Park, take the south exit and head to the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. While these trees are not the oldest or tallest living thing, nor do they have the greatest basal diameters, the giant sequoias are the largest living thing known to humans and have captured the attention of the world.

The tallest sequoia tree in Mariposa Grove reaches 290 feet high

The tallest sequoia tree in Mariposa Grove reaches 290 feet high

Finally, even if you are not the most adventurous, nature-loving hiker in the world, we guarantee that you will love this place.

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