Sept. 28 – Wednesday – Yosemite National Park
What a day! More beautiful weather, a leisurely drive northwest from Mariposa and then the awesome splendor of Yosemite. Our first vista was the magnificent El Capitan illuminated with the morning sunlight and decorated with a handful of rock-climbers. We meandered around Yosemite Valley Village and bought carry-out sandwiches for lunch. We headed out on the Tioga Road drive but gave up after an hour of endlessly winding roads before reaching the goal of Tuolumne Meadows. After lunch in a secluded pull-out we headed back toward the Village and drove to Glacier Point. From this vista we could see the whole Valley from above: the Village, El Capitan, Half Dome…. It’s a wholly different perspective than what you see from the Valley floor and really accents the incredible scale of the rock formations. We ended the day stopping at Mariposa Grove to see the Grizzly Giant sequoia.
Our hotel this evening was another Best Western in Oakhurst, nestled on a nicely-landscaped hillside. Take-out pizza for dinner again, this time from the local Round Table Pizza shop.