Tell me you remember Saturday morning cartoons with Yogi Bear?
While we didn’t see Yogi or Boo Boo, Vivienne did spot a brown bear off in the distance one morning and she named it Cinnabear.
Jim mentioned awhile back that he wanted to see Yosemite before our move so I thought let’s go for July 4th! That was a great call because we had the best holiday weekend in one of the most beautiful places I’ve been yet in California.
I also didn’t realize how much I love to hike! This might shock some of you because I am definitely not a wilderness girl ie: I don’t camp, glamp or do any activities that might involve me running into a snake, spider or scorpians (so the desert is out). Although hiking in the woods is OK! The redwoods, creeks and beautiful trails to waterfalls are so breathtaking. We loved the vast beauty of it all.
There is SO much to do in Yosemite and it’s for all ages. We saw little kids being carried in backpacks and elders using walking sticks hitting the trails. You can rent mountain bikes and e-bikes, rock climb, hike trails (for all levels), camping sites and river float (although not this summer due to C-19). There are so many guided tours you can do via your vehicle, open top trucks and walking.
Here are a few highlights from our hikes:
- El Capitan – this is the same rock from Free Solo Documentary– breathtaking and steep!
2. Half Dome – off in the distance
3. Yosemite Valley – breathtaking views!
4. Glacier Point – gorgeous views straight down to the valley. You can hike to this from Sentinel Point.
5. Waterfalls – there are a bunch. Hike Vernal and Nevada if you can. Due to the severe drought these are only active until end of July and are dried out in August.
Where to Stay?
We stayed at Tenaya Lodge in the Explorer Cabins and it was perfect. Little snug for 6 and a dog but totally doable and very nice. They are all the same layout with 2 bedrooms, one bath, a small kitchenette with fridge and sink and living room. The cabin area is new, just built in 2019 so clean and really nice.
There are also several big fire pits around so you can roast marshmallows at night. The kids loved this. The hotel has a big outdoor pool and a great spa but only one restaurant and the closest “town” with restaurants is Oakhurst. We highly recommend the Elderberry House which was delicious and a little fancy (but not too fancy) and Plazuelas had great Mexican food.
The hotel is 3 miles outside the South Park entrance which opens at 7:00am and if you don’t want to wait to get in we suggest getting there no later than 9:30am.
Also **DON’T FORGET ** like just about everything in life now…you need a reservation to get into the park. You can get them online and they last for 3 days. Take our advice get these in advance. We didn’t know you needed a reservation and had to pay $$$ but you don’t go all the way to Yosemite and not go into the park…so…🤷🏻♀️
Lots to do in Yosemite and just beautiful open land. Got any questions, just reach out, happy to chat further about our wonderful time!