Monday, 3 August 2015

Travel Diary - Monday August 3, 2015

Vernal Falls
Yosemite National Park, California, USA
Taken by Jason with his phone

Date: Monday August 3, 2015
Theme/Title: Hike Up A California Hill (aka A Mountain)
Overview: An early wake up to drive to Yosemite. (Morning person, Greg, drove.) I think the rest of us may have slept in the car - I did for sure. Visited the welcome centre at the Valley Village to get some hiking suggestions and food. They have a great system of shuttle buses which brought us to the trail. Did the Vernal Fall hike. It was HARD. Stopped to see the Tunnel View as our last good-bye to the park before driving to our hotel. Enjoyed a nice dinner at the diner style restaurant at the hotel. Swim in the pool and soak in the hot tub to ease our muscles from the hike. We played Euchure before bed.
Woke-up: 5:30am
Transportation/Distance: Driving: 320km  Hiking: 2.7 miles (4.7km) with an elevation gain of 1,500 feet (460m) that included over 600 stairs!
Highlight of the Day: The hike was amazing, it was great to be able to complete a 'strenuous' difficulty one, and almost keep up with the others. (I had Teri, Greg, and Jason go on ahead of me and wait at the waterfall or if the trail split.)
Lesson Learnt: Teri is still on a losing streak with Euchure.
Song of the Day: Wonderwall by Oasis, "All the roads that lead us there are winding..."
Quote of the Day: "Wahoo, I did it! I am really proud of myself." Me, when I thought we were done climbing since we had reached the waterfall (ended up climbing another 500 feet in elevation before we started back down.)
Night's Accommodation: Best Western Plus Sonora Oaks

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