Yosemite National Park (April & July 2011)

July 2011 (drove from Los Angeles to Yosemite, then to Merced and back to Los Angeles)
April 2011 (drove from Los Angeles to Yosemite, then Santa Cruz and back to Los Angeles)

Our Mode of Transportation: Car Rental/My Corolla.
Other Options:
-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.
Like I said, I have no words. But I do have photographs. (TB..added)

Be advised that camping and cottages easily fill up. Planning ahead is absolutely essential.

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