View from Glacier Point

Highway 101 continued….

Leaving Oregon, we continued down the coastline entering California… albeit briefly, before heading inland (we’ll be doing the California coast in a couple of weeks) en route to Yosemite National Park.

First stop was ‘Avenue of the Giants’ a Redwood National State Park, which which has the largest remaining stand of virgin redwoods in the world.

One big ol'tree
One big ol’tree
Biggest tree in the Park - Ironically called BIG TREE
Biggest tree in the Park – Ironically called BIG TREE

 

Big Trees measurements
Big Trees measurements

Now history has it that ‘Big Tree’ was very nearly cut down in the early 1900’s as one chap wanted to make the stump into a dance-floor, which would fit 30 people – luckily campaigners pooled together to save the tree and many others for that matter..

Next stop Yosemite – wow what a place! Immersed in beautiful scenery everywhere you stand.. We camped here for four-nights, and threw ourselves into everything the park had to offer..

Day one: we drove upto Glacier point, where you can get a view of the whole park, El Capitan and Half-Dome, two of the most famous rock formations in Yosemite

View from Glacier Point
View from Glacier Point

Day two: we hiked to the top of Nevada Falls – a 181 metre high waterfall. The 6 mile trek saw us first hike to Vernal Fall and then trek another 2 miles to reach the top of Nevada falls..

Vernal falls
Vernal falls

Day 3: we leisurely strolled around the valley of Yosemite taking in the sites and the wildlife, whilst walking to the base of El Capitan – watching the climbers make there ascent..

Day 4: we hiked to the top of Yosemite falls – the highest waterfall in Yosemite National Park, dropping a total of 739 metres from the top of the upper fall to the base of the lower fall. It was quite a hike, providing some pretty scary drop offs.

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