Trip Start Mar 12, 2012
57Trip End Jul 10, 2012
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After a while, we got to the top of Nevada Falls, which was amazing
When we got back to the Tortoise we drove out to camp, which was out of the park and near Tuolumne Meadows and the Lakes. We made dinner and had a big campfire which was cool. It was pretty cold though, and that night I slept out on the tarp under the stars. I had loads of layers on, and my sleeping bag, but I was freezing! I've never been so cold in my life! Lukas who was sleeping next to me told me that I kept yelling that I was cold and moaning all night! Oh dear. It was so cold. So I was feeling pretty rough in the morning.The next day we visited the lakes
Finally it was time to go back to camp, and have dinner, lots of beer, and yet another big campfire. I had two sleeping bags and loads of layers that night, and I was really toasty! I don't think it was as cold as the night before, but I was nice and warm and slept brilliantly! Might have been the beer though....For our last day we drove to Lembert Dome to do a hike up it. With my knees the first 20 mins was terrible, as it was steeply up hill, but after that it was ok. Finally we got to the rock, and then we climbed over and up it. It got really steep, and the rock was so smooth, I was freaking out! I was terrified I'd slip and roll down the roll to my death! I kept saying, how tragic would it be if I died on the last hike of my trip! Some women heard me and started laughing! Nice. But I made myself keep going, and I got to the top
Then it was on to the Sequioa Forest to see the giant trees! We even saw the famous one that has the hole through it. They were pretty awesome, and massive! Finally, we went to a local town to make our dinner in the parking lot, then headed to the local bar for karoake night. It was hilarious, with some locals sounding like drowning cats, and some who obviously practice all week and it's the highlight of the month! Our group went up a couple of times and did 'Satisfaction' by the Rolling Stones and 'American Pie', the full length version! It was so funny, and a great way to end the trip! We then had another night drive before waking up very early in San Francisco, and finishing our trip.
It was short but sweet, and so worth it. Yosemite was stunning, a real beautiful place, and so close to San Francisco! I had a fantastic time on the Green Tortoise. I'm glad I took a chance on them. I recommend them to anyone, but you need to be prepared to rough it a bit, but that's all part of the fun! I met so many amazing people, had fantastic drivers and saw some beautiful places. Good job GT!!! So my time in the wilderness was finally over. From now it, it was the city. I was pretty sad to be honest. I'm not a city person, and to me it was the beginning of the end. But anyway, I said goodbye to my friends, and headed back to Fairfax.