One of the things that are amazing about travelling in the US is that sometimes within a short drive the landscape and climate can change dramatically. We woke up by the Eureka Sand Dunes in Death Valley, put on shorts and t-shirt and took off to our next destination, Yosemite. Tioga Pass was our entry point to Yosemite National Park, and there we were surrounded by peaks with fresh snow.
Our Death Valley clothing was swapped out with pullover, pants and shoes. Tioga Road was a beautiful drive into the park, but everything along the road like campgrounds was closed because it was late in the season. And because of this the campgrounds in Yosemite Valley was full, and if you are able to plan your travel a bit more than us, it is advised to book a campsite online ahead of time.
We meet up with our friend Tim who had driven his late 80-model Subaru south from Alaska and we pirate camped at a “nice” location outside the park.
Next couple of nights we were able to get a campsite inside the park at Upper Pines. One evening we had a big black bear running through the campground 30 meters away from our Patrol being chased by rangers.
For the first time on this trip we took out our climbing equipment and did a couple of two pitch climbs with Tim. It was great, and I hope we are able to get the dust of our climbing equipment a few more times on the way south.
Leaving Yosemite we made a stop at the Tuolumne Grove to have a look at the giant sequoias, and they were huge. Sequoias are in the coast redwood family and can get up to 3000 years old.
In one of the dead giant trees there were cut a tunnel in 1878, so that wagons and later cars with tourists could drive through. Today this road is closed and only used to hike down to the grove to walk among the sequoias. After seeing the sequoias we were ready to head north towards San Francisco.