Rosalie & Dave's Alaska Adventure 2006 travel blog

Yosemite National Park Park

Dave & the Websters at the Maripose court house

Hwy 140 closed due to rockslide

Hunting for gold along the Merced river

Found gold along the Merced river

Merced river

Yosemite road to Glacier Point

View of Half Dome at Glacier Point

California Falls at Yosemite

View of Half Dome at Yosemite

Glacier Point

El Capitan

Cedar tree

Sequoia tree trunk

Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park

Yosemite Lower California falls

Sequoia tree cross section

May 28, 2006

Yosemite National Park, Wow! What a place to visit. We spent 2 days at Yosemite, driving most of the time. We planned an easy ride to the park, however, there were two rockslides blocking the route, Hwy 140. I had picked a campground just 23 miles from the park entrance. Reservations had to be made months in advance because Yosemite is the busiest park in the US. No way could we change our campground plans. The drive to the south entrance was 83 miles. It did not seem too bad until we started. It took us 3 hours to get to the park entrance. Traffic was very heavy and slow going. Had about 50 cars at the park entrance when we arrived and we had to wait for all of them. It was bumper to bumper inside the park. We traveled about 10 to 15 miles per hour. However, when we did get to Glacier Point it was well worth it. The views were breathtaking. We could see Half Dome and El Capitan. We tried to stop at the visitor's center, but there was no place to park, so we headed back out of the park. On the way out we stopped at

Sequoia National Forest and saw the giant sequoias trees. Rosalie and I hiked 2.4 miles of the trail and the Webster's hiked 3.6 miles. The trees were huge. We returned to our car and drove back to our campground. Gone for 12 hours, what a long day that was. The following day, we drove back into the park and found a parking space at the visitor's center. It took 3 ½ hours to get there. While we were at the visitor's center, we hiked to the Yosemite lower water fall and back to our car, about 2 ½ miles round trip. Gone for 10 ½ hours, that was the worst traffic we have ever seen in a National Park.

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