Thursday, June 7, 2012

Festiva in the Park: Day 7


This was Yosemite National Park day. It started with a visit to one of the brightest and cheeriest grocery stores we have ever been in. Most of the staff was Spanish, the music playing was Spanish and the first announcement we heard was in Spanish! A great way to start the day.

From Tracy CA we took a very scenic drive up to Yosemite. Spent some time at the visitor center, watched a movie and walked up to Lower Yosemite Falls. We were there for most of the afternoon and have decided that it is one of the places we want come back to and spend at least a week.

The drive in and out of Yosemite was just amazing. Lots of climbing and lots of twisty bits. It wasn't quite as enjoyable for Sharon as it could have been seeing as she was on the "drop off" side of the road most of the time and she's not comfortable with heights.

Yesterday had us at sea level and today we were at almost 10,000 feet. The east entry to Yosemite is at the top of Tioga Pass with an elevation of 9,941 feet. That makes it the highest we've been in the Festiva, beating out Powder River Pass by 275 feet. The drive into Bishop CA, our overnight stop, was mostly downhill as we dropped to about 4000 feet.

B, I and E with a baby palm tree in Tracy CA

Bright and cheery grocery store... now imagine Spanish guitars playing...

The road into Yosemite from the west side.

Welcome to Yosemite

Who wouldn't want to drive on this road?

I, B and E at our lunch stop in Yosemite NP

Me and Sharon

Festiva in the park

Sharon and Lower Yosemite Falls

B, I and E at the Lower Yosemite Falls

Half dome... one day we'll climb it.

GPS showing 3030m elevation. Located at the top of Tioga Pass.

The road down from Tioga Pass.

The road into Bishop CA. You'll notice the unwanted souvenir... a rock chip.
 Day 8 will be mostly driving as we make our way from Bishop CA to Flagstaff AZ. It will be our second longest day in the car on the trip.

1 comment:

  1. The girls are loving the pictures, they like to point you all out as well as spot, 'grandpas car, beep, beep' looking forward to some of the grand canyon!