Sept 29, 2013
26.09.2013 - 13.10.2013
So we said farewell to San Fran today. Into the city center near Chinatown to pick up our rental car from Hertz. Everything went pretty smoothly. (Thanks to our airbnb hostess who helped us decide the best place to pick up the car from more then a dozen choices - she was right - easy in, easy out!) A friend had lent us his GPS, but luckily I emailed the directions on how to get out of the rental garage to the Bay Bridge and on to Yosemite, as it took awhile (and me putting the GPS up on the window instead of messing around with it in my lap) before the GPS kicked in, about 10 min. Luckily, it was early Sun morning (about 10:15 or so when we left with the car) and there was nary a person to be found. Mostly a straight shot from the rental place to where we were going, and we were on our way to Coarsegold, where our accommodations were, about a 30 min or so drive to Yosemite on a twisty road in some spots (about 30 km).
We made fairly good time, stopping for lunch at a Carl's Jrs (our first time eating there) and arriving around 2pm. Uneventful and not really scenic drive. Our hostess, Ginger, had a very lovely newly built home. She had lots of cats and one crazy pug, as well as assorted birds and hummingbirds flying around the property. Heard coyotes yipping in the evening, and I woke up around 5am and went out on the porch with the lights out - the stars were amazing as we were out in the countryside - I wish I could have gotten a picture to do them justice. But Ginger told us we'd have time to go see Mariposa Grove as it wasn't too far in the entrance to Yosemite and it was still midafternoon. A $20 entry fee, good for 7 days, kinda hurt a little as we were only going to be there for 2 days, but...
So, into Mariposa Grove and the giant sequoias...just, wow Again, photos cannot do these amazing trees justice. There is no way to fit them into a shot...even standing beside one it's still hard to explain the grandeur with only a photo. We spend about 90 min walking around (unfortunately, I failed to change my footwear to shoes from sandals, and the path was rather dusty - my feet were just ugh) and marveling at the size and age of the trees.
On our way back to our place (it had a kitchenette - yay) we stopped in Oakhurst at a grocery store and picked up some spaghetti, sauce, cheese, bread for supper and lots of snacks for the road since we now had a car - doritos, cheesy garlic bread Lays (why don't they have those in Canada!?) and some Coke and Dr Pepper, as well as a few other snacks - crackers, gum.
I also forgot to mention the heat - it was soooo warm...for the end of Sept, the weather was pretty much what we have in Nova Scotia in July - it was glorious, but I tend to wilt. At least it was cool in with the sequoias! And my other observation - either rental or owned - I have never seen so many Ford Mustang convertibles! I guess it's a Cali thing - but once we started noticing them, they were EVERYWHERE! Sometimes 3-4 in a row...lots in Yosemite and on the PCH.