yosemite upper falls

Yosemite hiking & camping trip

24th-25th April 2015

After 5 back-to-back weekends of travelling, we began our last roadtrip together to Yosemite at 3am on 23rd April 2015. I know.. 3am but Yosemite is about 6 hours from LA so we wanted to get the most of the few days we were going there. As usual, I baked some goodies for the roadtrip. This time was my oh-so-famous-aussie-biscuits aka Anzac Biscuits.

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Yosemite National Park was definitely a big tick off my American bucket list. It was highly recommended by many people and oh boy did it live up to my expectations. It was beautiful.. Absolutely stunning! It was literally picture perfect!


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We decided to go to the nearest hike up to Yosemite Falls.. I am soo glad I had no idea where I was going because I didn’t know we were going all the way up.Step by step, I tried keeping up with the pace of the others. It was a 5.6km windy and rocky path one way to the Upper falls. It wasn’t steep but it felt long with an incline the whole way up. Exhausting but so worth it!

The roaring falls…

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Once we got to the top, we finally rested and had our sandwiches we packed before. Simple ham and cheese sandwich never tasted so good 🙂

From the Upper Yosemite Falls, you can see the entire Yosemite valley and parts of Half Dome!


Some fun facts about Yosemite Falls:

  1. Yosemite Falls is the highest waterfall in Yosemite National Park
  2. The drop from upper falls to the base of lower falls is 2,425 feet (735 m)

After dinner, we made a campfire using pieces of wood and acorns that were collected beforehand. It was such a relaxing night – peacefully resting in silence, roasting marshmallows away and keeping warm and toasty by the fire 🙂 Marshmallows are just a must for camping.

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The initial plan was actually to stay 3 days 2 nights; allowing us to do a small and big hike but…. guess what?! I got woken up at 6am by this monstrous attack by “something” which I thought was a broken branch that had fallen on the tent or worst, a bear had attacked the tent.I was half asleep, trying to open my eyes to see what it was and half hoping I could just pretend it never happened so I can go back to sleep. But, it turned out to be a big ball of hard ice from snow!!!

This was how my tent looked like. I went to bed in a dry but cold environment. I woke up to cold and icy environment. Really felt like a dream!

This was how my tent looked like. I went to bed in a dry but cold environment. I woke up to cold and icy environment. Really felt like a dream!


11167950_10152883748338990_3130709419129684788_nWinter came to California in summer… This definitely ‘completed’ my trip! I’ve never seen so much snow before.. It felt like Christmas had come early 🙂

We packed up (very quickly) and went back to LA. It was a good enough experience!

Xx

Generation Kitchen

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