[For those following us on the blog and not on Facebook, we are in Mexico… and for a while, now… but we stil try to catch our late in our articles. But having a good internet in Mexico is sometimes not so easy!]
We leave Death Valley without taking the chance to go to Yosemite through the Tioga pass (that would have been faster and easier but the road might be close).
We take the long way. The one that passes by Sequoia National Park.
Sequoia National Park
After 2 days on the road and a wild campground in the middle of the forest, we finally arrive in Sequoia Park. We first want to see the Giant Forest with the famous Sequoias.
The sunset approaching, we decide to go up on the Moro Rock to enjoy the last sun rays. It is amazing.
The night comes and we go to a campground inside the park. But it is partially open and obviously full. We finally sleep on the car park in front of the campground with other travelers.
The day after, we enjoy few walks between the trees and take the road to Yosemite.
Yosemite National Park
The good weather of yesterday is just a memory and we arrive in Yosemite with a lot of rain. After going to the visitor center to plan a trail for tomorrow, we buy some food and finally find a place in a campground inside the park (a little miracle).
It is still raining. We go to sleep.
In the morning, the rain seems to get a rest. We decide to go for a short walk of 6 kilometers.
10 minutes after we started the trail, the rain starts also. It does not matter, we have the good equipment and it should be a short rain, right?
30 minutes later, it is still raining, the water of the rivers keeps going up and the way to pass on the other side seems to have disappeared. We quit the trail (BIG MISTAKE!!) to find a shortcut. Try to pass on the other side of the river. But the water is high. No shortcut obviously and we win dozens of minutes of walk in plus.
We go back through the woods.
It is still raining. Of course. And stronger and stronger!
We finally get back on a trail. And find a bridge.
We follow the road.
The rain does not matter anymore. We are soaked to the skin!
We are surely looks like wet dogs but the landscape seems to come from a fairy tale.
We finally get back to the van, after a short walk of 12 kilometers. We change our clothes and try to get warm.
It is still raining. And apparently it will last a few days… Then we decide to get back on the road and drive to San Francisco.