Could’a should’a would’a. I know. My husband and I were such cuckoos for heading to Yosemite on a holiday weekend (Labor Day Weekend) without any back up plan and with little research done. Had we known that this place gets pack during the holiday weekend, which I had just realized why upon arriving, we would’ve planned going on another time. 200 something plus campground including the ones that’s not even on the map were taken. Long story short, my husband I ended up in an Inn somewhere in Merced for our first night. A lesson learned, never go on a holiday weekend, and if we do, reserving a campground (which is mandatory) or a hotel room wouldn’t hurt.It was just one of those days when the long weekend is approaching and we have yet to plan anything. Typical Mr. and Mrs. Bermudez Solution: Think of a place. Pack our bags and camping gears and head out the door. Which we do love and enjoy 99% at a time. Yosemite, however, is not a place for a quick adventure solution. NO. I say, a whole entire year is needed to fully explore the rest of Yosemite’s wonders.
Yosemite a land of all the superlatives there is: The most beautiful place in California (at least to me), the highest vertical rock (El Capitan), home to America’s tallest waterfall (Yosemite Falls) and giant sequoias (an honor it shares with Sequoia National Park). Despite the fact that California is in a serious drought, Yosemite will still captivate your heart with its beauty. I had no idea a destination nestled deep in the heart of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountain holds such a finest beauty. The thousand photos I took will never do justice of how beautiful this place is but I hope you get an idea.
Taft Point- a viewpoint in Yosemite National Park that offers an incredible view of Yosemite Valley, Yosemite Falls and El Capitan. (Read here)
Merced River– just south of Yosemite National Park, which we enjoyed driving around to while we scoured for available campground.
Glacier Point- an overlook with a commanding view of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, and Yosemite’s high country. Sadly we weren’t able to hike to the very top, thanks to a headache that happend just as soon as we go there (I tend to get elevation sickness).
Mono Meadow- a short hike we did on our way to Glacier Point, which, to be honest, there’s really not much to see because of the drought. The hike there however gave a full wilderness hiking experience.
So many fun adventures, so little time.
Yosemite is NOT for a quick getaway. Theres so much to see and do here. After learning about Yosemite’s beauty my husband I decided to come back sometime next year during Spring season.
Here’s some things my husband and I plan on doing when we go back.
Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Falls, Vernal Falls- We hardly saw any falls when we went, but we’d love to check out the falls at their peak on Spring time.
Toulumne Meadow- a meadow that I really wanted to see when we went.
Yosemite Valley- I don’t mind riding my bike around here again but I’d love to do it during spring time when the grass are greener.
Merced River Camping
A secret campground- While scouring for available campground my husband and I found this really gorgeous isolated campground just off road. We plan on camping here next time when we come back. I am so excited just thinking about it. Imagine a campground with rustic bridges and river beach? 😈😆
Hike and climb the top of Half Dome
Sounds quite ambitious but I have added this on my bucket list. Clearly this is not going to happen when we come back sometime soon, at least not yet, but for now, I’ll have something to look forward to.
Have you been to Yosemite, if so, any place or hidden spots can you recommend for us to see? By the way I am on Instagram and I also share videos of my adventures there! Don’t forget to follow me @babysephora