Recently we traveled for hubby’s job and got to spent two weeks in California. We spent all of our time outside of work exploring the area. We visited some of our past favorite spots and spent lots of time walking by the ocean. But the highlight of our trip would have to be spending a weekend in Yosemite National Park.
We drove out early on Saturday morning and drove for four hours from Silicon Valley to Yosemite. Once we got to the park we checked into our tent cabin in Curry Village, relaxed for a bit and then took a short hike to see Bridalveil Fall.
After exploring Bridalveil Fall we rented two bikes and set out to see the tourists sites at the park. We started biking from Curry Village and made the entire bike path loop. We really enjoyed seeing the Yosemite Falls from the distance, but as we got closer to the Lower Yosemite Falls we started running into larger crowds. We left our bikes on the rack and walked closer to the falls. The falls were tall and quite impressive, but the water was not going at full power and they were starting to dry out. We spent some time enjoying the views and the breeze and than hooped back on our bikes and continued on the trail.
One of our next stops was at Mirror Lake. Mirror Lake was not as crowded as the falls and it was very still, perfect for capturing landscape reflections. We really wished we had more time to explore, but it was getting late and we had to return our bikes.
As we were biking back along the trail we discovered a trail head to Vernal and Nevada Falls via the Mist Trails. We made a note to come back after we returned our bikes. That late afternoon we grabbed the shuttle and headed towards the Mist Trail. Once we got there we were pretty much the only two people hiking up on the trail, everyone was coming back down. That did not stop us and we kept heading up until we made it to the base of Vernal Falls and found out why the Mist Trail was named. The entire trail was wet and we got quite a bit of mist on us from the falls. It was starting to get late in the afternoon and we decided to head back for the night since we were not prepared for a longer hike at that time of day.
We loved Vernal Falls so much that we really wanted to make it to the top, so the next day after breakfast we packed our backpacks with water and camera and headed back out on the Mist Trail. The hike up Mist Trail was very steep and intense, but once we made it to the top of VernalFalls the view was so amazing. From the top of Vernal Falls we could see Nevada Falls in the far distance.
On top of the Vernal Falls we took a 20 minute break to enjoy the views and then decided to hike up to reach the top of Nevada Falls. One thing we noticed on these amazing hikes was that the further we went the less tourists were hiking the trails. Not a lot of people made it to the top of Vernal Falls and there were even fewer on the way to Nevada Falls.
When we reached the top of Nevada Falls we were so exhausted but the views were absolutely incredible. I have to say that this is the hardest hike that I ever done thanks to hubby for not letting me quit half way through. I couldn’t be more thankful and happy for such an amazing experience.
On the way down we took the John Muir Trail, partially to see something different and partially because it was less steep. It was a longer hike, but we did get to see some new scenery. We wished we were better prepared and could have went further on the trails, but we were traveling for work and did not bring much of any gear or equipment.
After hiking we returned to the valley, relaxed and enjoyed a much needed lunch. As we were driving out of the park we stopped to get a closer look at El Capitan.
We hope that you enjoyed our photos. We loved exploring Yosemite and hope to return to do more hiking in this amazing park in the future.
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