April 2011 (drove from Los Angeles to Yosemite, then Santa Cruz and back to Los Angeles)
Our Mode of Transportation: Car Rental/My Corolla.
-by Plane to Fresno or San Francisco and then rent a car.
-by amtrak or greyhound to Fresno or San Francisco and then rent a car.
Recommended: If you like in CA, a roadtrip would be nice. Else, flying to Fresno may be best.
Recommended Season: Spring
Day Hike - $25 per week per vehicle.
Annual Unlimited Entrance for National Parks - $80
There simply are no words. I'm not very good at this; it should be obvious by now. So I will leave you kids with recommendations.
- Plan a short day hike to Vernal Falls. Prepare to be awed and to get wet. When you reach the top, take a sweet nap by the river. You will forget technology existed. Except maybe your camera.
- If you still have some energy left in you, adding Nevada Falls to your trek is not such a bad idea.
- Plan a day or two to hike the Half Dome. I didn't make it up on either trips. But, I shall be back. NOTE: Hiking to the Half Dome requires a permit. Plan accordingly.
Be advised that camping and cottages easily fill up. Planning ahead is absolutely essential.