20.07.2012 - 21.07.2012 34 °C
G'Day Everyone from Oakhurst 33k's out of Yosemite National Park California
Fri 20th July day 7
Leaving Lone Pine after brekky we headed north 130 k's on a 2 lane hwy towards our next stop at Mammoth Lakes. During the winter months, this is a popular ski resort as it is located some 11000 ft above sea level (3350m in our language). We called in to the visitors centre to check out what we could do comfortably in the remainder of the day.
First we headed up Mammoth Mountain on a chair lift to the summit - beautiful views forever, A very popular thing here is to catch the chairlift up and ride your mountain bike down, next stop we caught a shuttle bus to a rock formation called the Devils Postpile and then a hike of 1 hour to Rainbow Falls. (Google it for more info). Later we were back in the car for a drive checking out the many lakes of the area, Twin Lakes, Horeshoe Lake, Lake Mamie, Lake Mary to name a few. Many spots to camp - pet friendly etc for the Happy Campers!!!!!!!!!!!
By this time it was beer O'clock so we checked into our digs at the Sierra Nevada Lodge, and wandered next door for dinner.
Sat 21st July day 8
Up early for brekky as we had a big day in Yosemite National Park. Headed further north towards Lee Vining and turned left on the Tioga Pass Rd heading into the park - spectacular moutain pass road - words and photos cant do it justice, then paid our 20 bucks for our journey through the park, probably the best 20 we have ever spent. Not really knowing what to expect we were blown away with the views everywhere we drove. Nature at its very best here, massive granite rock formations, deep valleys, and large rock views. Amongst the more well known we saw Half Dome , El Capitan, Bridalvale falls, Tenaya Lake, then into the valley floor to the visitors centre for some lunch and a short film on the history of the park and the changing seasons- well worth it. Next we walked to the Ahwahnee Hotel, (checked out the lobby David B)named after the Ahwahnee indians who first inhabitated the area.
Next we caught shuttle bus to Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, these massive trees, including the Grissly Giant are estimated to be 1800 years old and are as tall as a 19 floor building. Then walked to the California Tunnel tree which you could drive a car through it was cut in 1895 to allow horse horse drawn carriage to pass through.
After a very full day, we had a 33k drive to our overnight stop at Oakhurst where I am sending this missive from..
Tomorrow we head further west to the coast and Carmel By the Sea, then upto San Francisco where we fly to Boston to meet Marisa and commence phase 2 of our wonderful holiday.
A few random comments and observations
- Since arriving here the service culture has been excellent - oz has still some catching up to do, people are friendly and very helpful, the roads are very good, no, beyond expectations, not a pothole to be seen yet, driving on the wrong side is ok, cant believe I have adapted so easily after a 5 year break from our journey to Europe. Leonie has excelled herself as co-pilot as I tend to forget sometimes. It has been easier because we bumped into a couple from oz in Honolulu who were on their way home after after driving through 25 states he said its easy - "just keep your missus in the gutter"- works for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The weather has been perfect every day - clear sunny days temp around 30 to 35 degrees.
School Holidays over here - very busy everywhere we go, but they cater well and we have not really been held up or hassled anywhere - even in Yosemite today they had shuttle buses to get the crowds around.
Food - yes no wonder they have an obesity problem - we are only eating 2 meals per day, then sharing some dishes, even the "drumsticks" icecreams are double the size - not that we have had any - well maybe 1........
The digs have been wonderful with The Bellagio in Vegas the standout - the best hotel we have ever stayed in.
The camera has been in meltdown mode ever since arriving in Honolulu.....
Tipping - still getting used to it but since leaving Vegas not quite as bad.
Speaking of Vegas - you must see this place to believe it............
Put on your bucket list
Yosemite National Park
Well thats enough from here and me.............
Pierre and Leonie