Saturday, July 9, 2011
yosemite - day 1
cruised up to yosemite from los angeles for the first time on sunday, july 3 by way of the 5N, 99N and 41N. stopped for breakfast in none other than jeb's in sonora, CA (see left) and even drove thru selma, CA, the raisin capital of the world and home of sun-maid. who knew?
outside of a tour bus breaking down on the 41N, the drive was thankfully uneventful. we stopped in oakhurst - the last city before entering the park - to fill up on gas and groceries before hitting the south entrance of the park. my cousin arrived the day before (saturday) and it took her 30 minutes just to enter, and 2 full hours to get to the valley floor. our spacious 3-bedroom, 2 bathroom cabin was located at yosemite west, just north of wawona and in a secluded enclave about 15 miles from the valley floor. we arrived just before 4pm to unload the car, then headed up to glacier point to sneak in a hike and to catch sunset:
just south of glacier point, we did a 1.1 mile jaunt to sentinel dome to check out the amazing view, then proceeded to glacier point for the real stunner: a 360 degree live, panoramic postcard of yosemite - including half dome, el capitan, yosemite falls, etc. - in all its beauty.
we rushed back to the cabin to celebrate independence day weekend with none other than sausages, potato salad, baked beans, vodka and beer (anderson valley summer solstice and lost coast tangerine wheat, mind you). FYI cell service and wifi were non-existent at yosemite west, so it made plans to arrange brunch the next morning with my cousin quite difficult. ended up having to use my credit card with the landline just to leave a message, but all was good...