Trip Start Jun 29, 2010
650Trip End Apr 07, 2012
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Back platform of the bus!
The morning went with a bang when Annabelle woke up with excruciating pain in her newly created root canal ... it didn’t stop her eating a smoked salmon bagel, but chewing was a slow, careful process. Over breakfast we were given our hiking options for the day, after much deliberation (about 3 ½ minutes) we decided to take the El Capitain Loop Trail – which should have taken us about 4 hours.
Off we headed with our lunch and water ready for some natural excitement
On our return to the Lodge we found exactly what we were looking for ... a swimming pool. But not just any swimming pool, one surrounded by the mountains of Yosemite. This actually suited us down to the ground – lazing around but because we could see the mountains we felt were making an effort to take in our surroundings. Our warped logic made us feel better about being lazy. We had lovely few hours relaxing and the whole experience was made better by the fact Annabelle walked in without paying – two swims for $5, bargain!
After a very average dinner we stopped off at a point in the park where you could see the main attractions of the Valley; Half Dome, El Capitain, Sentinel Rock, Horsetail Fall, Clouds Rest, Cathedral Rocks and Bridalveil Fall. We then had a 4 hour drive to our campsite which turned out to be in the woods in the middle of nowhere. We only had one wee stop en route and struggled to find our way through the dark to some more smelly toilets, the only bonus being that the stars were incredibly bright, like a canvas! When we arrived in the pitch black at 11pm, we took the executive decision to sleep on the bus rather than set up our tent, so on the back platform we dove for what we hoped would be a great nights’ sleep.