Tuesday, November 18, 2008

San Luis Obispo to Yosemite Valley

Last weekend, I rendezvoused with my sister Elizabeth and my dad down in San Luis Obispo, where my dad is working. After taking in the local wildlife:

I wish I could swim and nap at the same time

we piled in my dad's truck and headed for Yosemite National Park. Yosemite, to put it simply, is awesome. A valley of steep granite cliffs carved by glaciers, the views are incredible.

Yosemite Valley

Yosemite is full of iconic scenery: Half Dome, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls:

Half Dome Yosemite Valley - El Capitan, Half Dome, Bridal Veil Falls Yosemite Falls

Yosemite is also full of bears. You have to keep your food locked up at all times in steel bear boxes, as the bears have no qualms ripping the door off your car to grab a loaf of bread sitting inside. Though my sister Frances lost her entire weeks worth of food to a bear the last time we were in Yosemite (his name was Yogi I guess?), we had no run-ins this time. We also had no run-ins with showers either. The hat head was epic:

No showers + wearing a hat all day = oh god

Our intrepid crew went on one hike while we there: the 4.6 mile, 3400 vertical feet trail to Glacier Point. Note the squiggly line with all the switch backs that goes straight up the side of the mountain:

We hiked the steep, squigly line going straight up the mountain

The hike was tough, but the views were worth it:

Half Dome and Nevada Falls

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