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Trip Report Yosemite First timers in August survival Guide

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This is a continuation of my Porland to Yosemite report. I think Yosemite merits it's own report because I hope it helps people who are worried about the crowds.

I was very worried about the crowds myself. In fact part of me was dreading the whole Yosemite thing a little bit. One reason for that is I'm really impatient, I don't like lines,. I don't like hiking with people right in front of me or behind me. I'm also gluten free and knew that just grabbing a bite was going to be difficult.

As I mentioned in the other trip report on this topic, our trip turned out great. Some of it by planning, some of it by dumb luck.

Our arrival in Yosemite was less than auspicious. We somehow lost our map onthe way from Gaberville, and we were going on memory on where the hotel was and what entrance to to in. We were heading for Yosemite View Lodge in El Portal. I was sure we were supposed to take the 120. ( In my defence I had been asking my husband to look at maps and the hiking website to help sort out the yosemite portion of our trip. Of course that didnt happen. Every morning he got up and asked where we were heading that day. seriously)

So as we are approaching Yosemite from the 120 we see the river. I know our hotel is on the river. Why are we climbing higher and higher? This can't be right. However it's very pretty. We finally stop at Priest' s Hole? to reevaluate. After phoning the hotel, and with help from a nice local, we have directions how to drive through the park to get to the entrance we want. By this time it's after 5. We. Hit the entrance. Hmm we are the only ones here. That's cool. We drive through on uncrowned roads taking it all in. So far I am pleasantly surprised.

Now we at least have a park map, so I note that we are close to Tunnel View, so we head there. If you've seen it before you know. If not put it on your list.
Then we head to Bridalveil Falls. Empty parking lot. We do a quick leg stretcher walk to the top. Bone dry of course. ( In fact the whole drive to Yosemite made me very uncomfortable. The land was so dry that I found it scary)

We drove around the Valley a little more and then headed to the hotel. I had no idea that it was such a giant complex. We found our room to be quite comfortable, and clean. By the time we had a glass of wine it was getting on the late side for dinner, and we were actually able to nab a table on the patio. Our server was charming, the food was decent ,the wine and beer was delicious. I was fed without a hassle so I was happy.

Next Up Yosemite Valley.

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