- Mini shopping and gambling before we get on the road to Yosemite. The road to Yosemite is mostly up and up and down and down and up again and winding all around. Seemed like it should only take a couple of hours but it’s really more like 6 all told. As we were crossing into CA from NV there was a checkpoint all cars had to pass through. They asked us if we were transporting fruits, veggies, plants or pets. Hello?? We have now been through maybe 12 states or more (and Canada too) and have never been asked this. What could we possibly be bringing in from Jersey that CA didn’t already have?? If anyone knows anything about this, please let us know. Stopped for lunch at Nicely’s diner in Lee Vining, CA, a real old school diner.
- We made it to the East Entrance of Yosemite and wow!! What huge granite mountains face us!! We wound our way to the middle of the park first and then ultimately to our hotel closer to the South Entrance. En route we saw many sites:
- We took in the movie about Yosemite at the visitor center and then drove toward our hotel. We stopped first to view El Capitan, the big iconic granite rock face. We saw several groups of climbers scaling the face of El Capitan. This can take several days we were told and the climbers must carry loads of equipment, food, water etc. They apparently sleep on the rock face hanging on there somehow. Sound fun???
We finished snapping photos of El Capitan and walked back to our car where a couple of climbers were packing up their truck. The husband noticed our Jersey plates and admitted he was originally from Princeton. He was so nice, filling us in on things to do in the park. His wife answered Sue’s many probing questions on the details of rock climbing including the climbing up and down plus a short discussion of the bathroom situation and waste removal. The husband drew maps for Glenda on how to travel through the park and other interesting things to see outside the park. Such a nice, friendly couple! Of course he was from Jersey!!!
Theme of the Day: ROCK n Roll
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