When we came to Yosemite on Sunday of Labor Day weekend, we were definitely ready to get out of the car and play in the wilderness for a little while. Even though it was bustling with people, we were able to get backcountry permits to backpack for two nights near Toloumne Meadows in the northeast corner of the park (only open 2.5 months a year due to snow). Our guide book told us that Yosemite is roughly the size of Rhode Island and when a ranger was asked what he would do if he only has one day in the park, he replied, “I’d weep.” The park is just too big to take in in a few days.
We hiked a loop and since we didn’t HAVE to do many miles each day and you can camp anywhere in the backcountry, we were able to spend a good amount of time just playing.
After 2.5 days in the wilderness, we drove down to Yosemite Valley. There is definitely a reason why this is the populated area of the park as you drive under awesome towers of granite such as El Capitan and Half Dome. There are climbers from all over the world everywhere you look (aka – a lot of man-pris).
Our breakfast at the famous Ahwahnee hotel was a great send-off for the drive back out to the coast.
Yosemite was such a wonderful part of our trip so far! There is definitely a reason why Yosemite is such a popular place to visit.