Trip Start May 09, 2009
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But the cold at night was worth it for being able to experience Yosemite in autumn
That is not to say that the driving and hiking we did in the valley was not great, because it was. Seeing El Capitan, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, Vernal and Nevada Falls and other famous Yosemite landmarks was a fantastic experience. Fall is beautiful here, although someday we’d like to come back in early summer to see the wildflowers in the valley and the full strength of the waterfalls.
Our only disappointment was that we had planned to drive up Tioga Pass, the highest pass in the Sierras, and was supposed to be an amazing drive. We waited one day too late and, although signs said that Tioga Road was open, when we got to the start of the road, it was closed. A ranger explained that 3-4 inches of snow fell overnight and they were plowing, but unsure when it would be done. So, we hiked the nearby Tuolumne Grove of sequoia and redwood trees and headed back to the valley. Jim took a hike on his own to Vernal and Nevada Falls - more gorgeous sights.
After Yosemite, we headed west, closer to the coast. We stayed a few days at a campground near the Deltas, a series of canals stemming from the Sacramento River that’s in the middle of farmland and power lines. We weren’t there for the ambience, but to have electricity, hot showers and access to the internet. Neither of our cell phones had worked in Yosemite, so we caught up with friends and family and got on the internet to do trip planning. We are headed next to the coast north of San Francisco and then will head to San Fran itself. Can’t wait!!