Camping/Hiking at Yosemite National Park on July 3-5, 2015

One of Andy’s bucket list and my 2nd trip to Yosemite National Park on July 3 – 5, 2015.

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We started Thursday midnight and along the way, we stopped at Fresno and wow at 3am, a lot of people were outside of 7/11 store and were mostly bums. We got to the park around 5:15am and that means we got a free entrance to the park. 😀

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Our campsite with our tent in the middle of the photo.

Waited in line for 5 hours to get our first come first serve campsite spot and met some new friends. Only 69 individuals allowed that day and we got 63 and 64. The remaining numbers went to the Visayan (Filipino) family that almost didn’t get there spot. The 2 marines ahead of us, arrived earlier on Thursday night which was raining, slept in their car. While waiting in line, we ate donuts for breakfast. After we set up our tent, we head out around the village by shuttle. Stopped by El Capitan and Bridalveil Falls. We prayed that it wouldn’t rain that weekend because we couldn’t find the top cover of the tent. 😀

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El Capital

The next day, we got ready for our hike to the Upper Yosemite Falls plus a plan to continue to Eagle’s Peak. Luckily, we didn’t continue because it would be dark coming back down. We met some friendly acquaintances along the way. It was awesome day, with the views, and swam in one of the swimming holes above which was the highlight of my day. The cold water which was tolerable cooled us off from the heat that day.

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That night, we felt our aches and pains and after dinner and beer, we cap it off by watching the sky at night and saw shooting stars and at the same time talked to our friendly neighbors too.

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On our last day, we headed to Glacier Point and took a lot of photos. Stopped over Tunnel View and head back to the camp and ate our breakfast.

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(Top) The view of the moon from  Glacier Point. (Bottom) Rock Climbers at the north side of the park.

Putting back the huge tent I borrowed from my coworker to its case was a hurdle. We checked out and head towards the north side of the park and stopped by Tenaya Lake, saw some rock climbers, and the awesome forest and meadows that surround it. We then head to Mono Lake and see the rock formations that used to be underwater. Passed by the Panum Crater which is a volcanic cone near Mono Lake.

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Mono Lake
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Panum Crater with the Sierra Nevada mountain range as the backdrop.

Then we drove home and saw on the right the Sierra Nevada mountain range and Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous US. Some of the photos in this album came from Andy’s camera. Thanks to Andy Rimando for bringing me along for the ride. It was an awesome adventure. Few days are needed just to enjoy this national park.

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