Well, we started out today with a sunny 32 degrees and our hopes to make it to Yosemite. As we said goodbye to our rustic cabin with no tv, no internet, no microwave and the heat set to 65 degrees we looked forward to an exciting day. By the way, the view from our cabin was Lake Mono and it was spectacular.
Lembert Dome was quite accessible. We climbed to the base and admired the smooth rock surface. We didn’t stay too long because we parked in front of this sign. Luckily the only animals we saw there were chipmunks.
Traveling West our next stop was Lake Tenaya. There were paddle boarders enjoying the crystal clear waters. Everywhere you go in Yosemite there is something to see and do. It’s hard passing up any area where a bunch of cars are parked because you know something of interest is waiting for you to discover. We stopped at Olmsted Point and watched climbers on Mt. Hoffman through binoculars. They looked like ants in a vertical column climbing upward.
We especially wanted to see the giant Sequoia Trees, but throughout our drive we saw these beautiful trees that I’m guessing are Redwoods.
The Sequoias we saw were in an area called Tuolumne Grove. The walk into the area to see the trees is a downward hike on a paved trail of a mile or so. It’s steep at times. Then there is a path around the grove of about 25 trees. You can walk through a tunnel carved out of a dead tree. Last, there is that mile walk back up the trail and it is a challenge. I’m glad we brought our walking sticks but it still was quite the hike up the path.
We drove into Yosemite Valley. There were several tunnels. One of them seemed as long as the Detroit to Windsor Tunnel under the Detroit River! All of the views were stunning. I wish I had a photo to record every breathtaking scene. But I don’t so I highly recommend that you go see it for yourself. Oh, by the way, cell service isn’t good and even with a map things get turned around. Just ask your fellow travelers if you have a question because people love to share the bond of experiencing nature at its finest.