To celebrate Chris’ birthday and the arrival of Annie’s step-dad and brother back to the Bay Area, we loaded up the car for a weekend in the Yosemite Valley.
The majority of campgrounds are unavailable this time of year, so we booked a “signature tent” in Curry Village, right in the heart of Yosemite Valley. The tent had three beds, one double and two singles as well as a bear locker for food right outside the tent. There wasn’t anything very “signature” about our humble abode, except that it had a heater to keep us warm at night when temperatures dropped to the 30’s.
After dropping off our stuff, we went to find a trail head that would be good for a day hike for us to do some exploring and elected to go for a hike to Vernal Falls. Along the way, we saw countless deer that tourists must feed all the time because you can get within five feet and they still won’t be scared or run away. The trail itself weaved along rock formations, passed a few scenic overlooks and was a pretty steep climb straight up.
With the sun quickly descending, we walked down to Yosemite Village for dinner and caught amazing views of Half Dome during sunset.
The next day, we went for another hike to check out Yosemite Falls. One of Yosemite’s oldest trails (built 1873 to 1877) is the Yosemite Falls Trail which leads to the top of North America’s tallest waterfall 2,425 feet above the Valley floor. After 60 switchbacks, you are rewarded with stunning views from Columbia Rock.
Not much further from Columbia rock, you can see Yosemite Falls. At this time of year, the falls at the top start as water in its liquid form and as it loses elevation, the water turns to gas and lastly to snow.
This was our first time visiting Yosemite during the winter and although we were a bit skeptical about the weather when we booked our trip, it couldn’t have been better. Happy birthday to Chris and thanks for visiting us Steve and Dave!