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Written by Jared on October 18, 2011

The three of us at Olmstead Point in Yosemite Park.From San Francisco we drove 200 miles east to Yosemite National Park. Our plan was to spend four nights in the park, but after a series of unexpected campground closures and fully-booked sites in the valley, we opted to leave two days early. Luckily we were able to see a whole lot of the park in the time we spent camped at the end of Yosemite Valley.

Our campsite at Upper Pines in Yosemite Valley.

We arrived late afternoon at the Upper Pines campground and setup our tents. We were really lucky to get the last available spot, booked online the day before. Turns out it was an awesome spot at the end of the campground with plenty of trees and boulders to block the noise from the other 249 campsites.

Upper Yosemite Falls.

The next day we took a walk to the visitors center and up the trail to catch a glimpse of Yosemite Falls, one of the tallest in the world. There were TONS of people everywhere, but we managed to snap a few photos sans tourists.

Mirror Lake in Yosemite National Park.

After our walk to the falls we headed back to camp to grab some lunch and then continued on a four mile hike to the aptly named Mirror Lake.

A view of Half Dome from Mirror Lake.

The lake was fairly dry, but the surrounding scenery more than made up for it.

Half Dome.

We left the following day in the morning and stopped to take a few more pictures of Half Dome on the way out of the park. The dry meadows and color-changing oak trees made for some excellent pictures. A perfect time of year to visit Yosemite!

El Capitan and Blue.

El Capitan and our faithful truck Blue.

Tuolumne meadows outside of Yosemite National Park.

We drove out of the valley and across the eastern Sierras. There were a few amazing viewpoints en route such as Tuolumne Meadows, pictured above. We were disappointed the campsites here were already closed for the season. According the the rangers, we were lucky that snow hadn't already closed the only road East over Tioga Pass.

Olmstead point.

Our last stop before leaving the park was Olmsted Point. There were spectacular views of the valley from the surrounding mountains. Also, random trees growing out of seamingly non-existent cracks in huge slabs of granite. Must be a tough life, being a tree.

And next, a stop over at a place called Mammoth Lakes to do some work, take a shower and publish all these blog posts.


Jonathan Barr
#1 Jonathan Barr 2011-10-27 00:32
I can't stand it! Yosemite is beautiful and I had to save some of the pics for my own enjoyment. Any copyright laws are null and void.....right?

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