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Day 11 & 12 – Yosemite National Park

After a week in the LA and San Diego we headed east inland to Yosemite! It was a never ending journey, about 3 hours all together but it was most defiantly worth the wait.

Pictures do not do justice to Yosemite. As soon as we arrived in Yosemite there were signs warning us about Wild Bears. We arrived in the car park, we had already been told there was no food allowed in the cars as bears may try and break in – scary!

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We had 2 nights in Camp Curry book, our accommodation was a tent cabins, very basic but comfortable, inexpensive and more than adequate. Having been bought up in The Lake District I’ve been on many camping weekends and am not afraid of roughing it for a couple of nights. Likewise in the tent cabins we were not allowed any food inside for the danger of Bears breaking in, we were provided with large steel containers outside of the cabins.

Once we’d settled in our first stop was Yosemite Falls, which is one of the tallest waterfalls in North America and 5th highest in the world with a total drop of 2,425 feet. It was a magnificent view. You could feel the spray from the waterfall as you approached which was lovely as it was mid June and very hot.

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We then continued on the long winding road to the top of the mountain to Tunnel View! And what a view it was! Words cannot describe the views nor can pictures. Having taken a picture of myself with the back of tunnel view it looks as through I’ve been stuck onto a background. At the top of Tunnel View their is a view point which gives expansive views of Yosemite Valley, El Capitan, Bridalveil Falls and Half Dome.

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That evening myself and my dad had a rest in our tent cabin when we saw a group of people running towards one of the tent cabins just a few metres away from us, we asked what was going on and they said come with us – there’s a bear! We followed them, and for sure there was a brown bear surrounded by a crowd of people. On top of one of the large steel containers used for food was a ladies handbag which the bear then grabbed and started wandering off into the woods – it was a sight I’ll have forget.

On the return of my mum, she was really excited to tell my dad and I about the pictures of the wildlife she had been taking, squirrels, birds and inspects. We had to laugh – when we told her we’d been within metres of a wild bear she didn’t believe us! The following day we took our car to Glacier Point another fantastic view point which overlooks Yosemite Valley and Half Dome opposite. We then took a walk around Mirror Lake situated in Yosemite Valley which is famous for its reflections of Half Dome and Mount Watkins. This walk was ideal as the weather was very hot and this walk was only short. Overall Yosemite is a fantastic destination with amazing landscape and natural assets. It’s a great place to escape the city if your in California defiantly make a de-tour to Yosemite National Park.

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