The next stop on our California Roadtrip was Yosemite. We left Los Angeles early on the third day and made the four and a half hour drive up to the national park, stopping off for the obligatory In-n-Out Burger for lunch. (Our second one in two days!)
We spent two nights at the Wawona Hotel, an old Victorian hotel with period features and rooms and as we were staying in the main building, it meant communal showers and toilets! Surprisingly, they were quite nice and made the experience all the more authentic, with no signal or wifi, you truly felt like you stepped back in time. We spent the first afternoon with a trip up to Glacier Point to check out the pretty spectacular views over Half Dome and the Valley Bottom. But the best bit? On our way up to the top, we saw a bear cub right at the side of the road munching on something in a tree stump! I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited!! I have to thank the car in front of us for spotting him and stopping that little bit late, meaning that when we had to stop thinking ‘what’s going on?!’, we found the bear right there on our right hand side! Apparently Mummy Bear wasn’t too far away, but I didn’t manage to spot her…
That evening we sat on the porch outside the hotel, just like you see in the movies, drinking a nice glass of wine. The sky was so dark with no lights coming from streetlamps or other buildings, which meant the stars were amazingly bright in the sky.
The next day, we made our way to the Valley Bottom and hired some bikes. I would absolutely recommend doing that as there are so many trails and the feeling of cruising through the Redwoods is pretty amazing. We stocked up on iced coffees and sandwiches from the deli and stopped at a picnic area to have lunch, watching a couple of little mischievous squirrels trying to get any food they could get their hands on!
Whilst riding down one of the trails, the Boyfriend (who can spot a classic car a mile off) saw a couple of old VW Campervans parked up in the camping ground opposite Curry Village and just had to stop and take some pictures. We ended up making friends with the owners, a couple and their friend, who travel up to Yosemite from San Diego every summer to camp there. Not a bad way to spend a week a year if you ask me!
The views are stunning whichever way you turn and it makes you feel so small amongst the towering mountains making you appreciate every second of it. I would say it was one of my favourite places and experiences on our trip – the bear definitely made one of my top highlights!