Yosemite National Park
Hello, my dear readers! I know it has been quite awhile since I have updated my blog…like about one month? I just came back from my most recent trip to Hong Kong and San Francisco. I am very lucky to have been rostered flights to Hong Kong-San Francisco in March and then in May again. Such flights are not easy to come by and more so to be rostered again in less than two months. Oh yes, I love the States! And I am planning to go on a two-week vacation to the States this year. I had wanted to go to Yosemite National Park on my last visit in March but I was kinda lazy to go and I did not have any travel companion! But I was so inspired by my two flying friends Sophia and Simna who visited Yosemite on a tour alone. If they can do it alone, I also can do it right? And I booked a one day tour to Yosemite via biodiesel mini coach from Incredible Adventures which costs USD158.
There is complimentary pick up from any of the hotels in San Francisco city and my pick up came at 7am. I was really tired cos we had only touched down in San Francisco the night before at 9pm, having worked through a 14 hours flight from Hong Kong. My body clock did not have enough time to adjust from the GMT+8 in Hong Kong to GMT-7 in San Francisco which is a freaking 15 hours difference. I was determined to sightsee even if I was walking around like a zombie. The 4 hours long drive to Yosemite was scenic and I enjoyed many incredible scenery along the way. I love scenic train/coach/car rides! Even though the rides can be long at times, I enjoy looking out on the beautiful window-framed scenery. A few of my memorable rides include the trip from Zurich to Lausanne, Milan to Venice, Los Angeles to Las Vegas, Sydney to Blue Mountains, Japan school trip and of cos this trip to Yosemite too!
This is one of the past fire activity that has happened in Yosemite. According to the tour guide, fire in Yosemite has many faces. Fire in Yosemite might not just be a negative force but it can also be beneficial to the forests. Natural-occuring fires allow the recycling of nutrients to the soil while reducing the amount of dead debris. This in turn helps in the sprouting and regrowth of plants.
After a long 4 hours drive, we finally arrived at this pit stop to take some photos. The mountain view is captivating and the clean mountain air is truly a breath of fresh air. It is like taking a break from everything to enjoy nature and its wonder.
I met a young Danish woman who is also traveling alone in this tour and she commented that there is no such nature landscape in Copenhagen but flat land. I was like….Singapore more pathetic leh!! Oh man…tell me about it. Okay lah, we have Mount Faber, Bukit Timah, Bukit Merah, Bukit Batok, Red Hill…. HAHAHAHA…
This was our second pit stop El Captain to take photos. Beautiful!
The next pitstop is the Yosemite Falls. The best time to see waterfalls is Spring with the peak flow in May, where most of the snowmelt occurs.
This is the mini coach for the tour that we took which can sit around 14 pax.
After the tour, we stop near the base of Yosemite Falls where we were given about 4 hours of free time to explore Yosemite. I was quite lost so I just took my map and walked to the Lower Yosemite Fall Trail.
I wanted to take photos of the waterfalls but this adorable little girl came in front of me so I just took a snapshot of her.
My colleagues asked me if I have seen the Yogi Bear during my trip. The answer is a big NO. I guess I was not lucky enough to see these Black Bears. I have only seen Black-Tailed Deer and Squirrel which are commonly spotted in Yosemite.
There are a couple of day hikes you can do in Yosemite and of cos with the limited free time I had, I went for one of the easiest hike which is the Mirror Lake trail. You can take the free shuttle bus and stop at shuttle stop #17 and from the shuttle stop, there is a paved trail thats lead directly to Mirror Lake.
The water was calm, offering a beautiful reflections of the surrounding landscapes. I wish I had more time to enjoy the scenery and one day is definitely not enough to explore Yosemite.
Yosemite – Checked! It was yet another memorable trip…Till then!