Bud and Susan's 2017 Trip to California and beyond travel blog

Today, a Saturday was to be our last day in Yosemite. We came up with a great plan. Since it was the week-end we decided to have a lazy morning and head into the park after lunch. We had a great lunch of grilled chicken-- Peter did a great job and his combination of cheese and salsa turned out to be pretty good. I tried it later and give it two thumbs up. It was good for everyone to sleep in and we hit the road to the park about 1:30 pm. Our great plan to arrive after the crowds turned out to be a abject failure! Lots of people come to Yosemite from San Francisco for the day! The traffic was terrible. Took over 2 hours to get from the entrance gate to the Village! And there were no parking spots to be had. We finally found a parking spot in Half Dome Villages and walked to the main Village to get some food and stamps for our National Parks passport. Harley loved the walk. If you come to Yosemite, avoid the week-end if you can. The views are still magnificent, but the traffic does take its toll. We got some dinner and headed back to our campsite. We later found out that Pete and Elsabeth and the boys went back into the park about 9:30 pm to see the moon and stars. Yosemite is really a special place. I would suggest if you come to either come before June 10th while California schools are still in session. You will avoid some of the crowds and the waterfalls will be at their peak. You might miss out on the meadows above the Valley since the roads may be closed because of snow. Or come after September 1st. The waterfalls will be less, but all the roads will be open. Whatever you do avoid the week-ends and male your reservations early! Tomorrow we are off to San Franciso.

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