Smashing the tallest waterfall in north America!
We have just had the most amazing weekend in Yosemite. We stayed in an unheated tent (it really was freezing but we had sleeping bags and 3 blankets so not too bad!) ina place called curry village which I really have to thank my cousin, Helen,for as it was her recommendation.On the day we arrived we went for a short walk to mirror lake which was really beautiful. We did manage to get lost on the way back making it quite long in the end!
However, our biggest triumph was the next day. We woke up fairly early had a quick shower and strong coffee to wake us up and asked a man which waterfall he recommended us to hike to.
He told us the lower Yosemite falls were really nice so we had a look at the map and started to head over. We then noticed that there was an upper Yosemite falls and thought what the heck we might as well give it a bash. It's the tallest waterfall in the whole of north America. We both said that it's ok if we don't make it as long as we give it a go but really in our hearts we wanted to make it to the top. Don't get me wrong it's no el Capitan or half dome but we haven't exactly had the healthiest last 7 weeks so we were slightly doubtful. We started hiking at 9.15am and with sheer determination we made it to the top at roughly 1pm. Boy was it hard! 2700ft and just over 3 miles. The views were amazing and it was worth the hard work!
We started our descent encouraging other hikers to the top (some stop about half way once they've seen the view of the falls) and made to the bottom at about 3pm. After a quick hot chocolate we set off again to walk to the bottom of el Capitan to see the sunset. It was only a 30 minute walk but we were pretty tired after our big hike. 10 minutes into it will suddenly stops and says there is a bear near by. I was like what are you joking?! Before he replied he had sprinted past me and was going back the way we had been walking leaving me to be eaten by the bear! When he'd finally stopped and let me catch up I was pretty angry at him for it and was storming back to the bus stop. He finally announced that he didn't know if it was a bear at all but he had seen something moving and got a fright. It was probably a squirrel for goodness sakes but I was to scared to turn back and keep going to el Capitan. In the end we missed the sunset but got back to our camp in time for a big buffet meal so it wasn't all bad. The food was the best we had had for weeks! Finally we got back to our tent and were taking our walking boots off for the first time all day. It was such a good day though.
Unfortunately we've now left Yosemite and are on our way to L.A..This time next week we're on our way to Peru! So crazy!