Mike left us before breakfast this morning to head back to San Francisco, so we were just three again.
After yesterday’s exhausting hike, we decided to just drive through Yosemite a bit today, stopping a few times for some amazing photos (see below). At one point we stopped and saw what looked like a painting in front of us… with incredible views of Half Dome to the left, and several waterfalls to the right (including Vernal Falls, which we climbed yesterday), and granite mountains as far as the eye could see. No photos could capture the truly awesome nature and scale of the views in front of us, but that didn’t stop me from taking enough photos to fill up a small SD card (fortunately I have a 16GB card with me).
We left the park around 1pm, after 2-3 hours of sightseeing, with the goal of making it to Kings Canyon National Park, and then on to Giant Sequoia National Park. But by mid-late afternoon, after a stop for lunch, we decided to find a hotel in Fresno rather than risk getting to Kings Canyon and not being able to find a campground. So I sit here writing this on our bed in the Best Western Plus Fresno Inn, after a refreshing shower. We will soon grab a bite to eat, and Aytan and I might catch a movie. Then tomorrow it’s on to Kings Canyon and Giant Sequoia national parks.