Yosemite Hiking Trip
In May 2013, I was contacted by an ex-coursemate whom was then come to California for business purpose. We planned to have a meet-up, and to make it interesting, we planned a 2-days hiking trip at Yosemite Valley.
Since I was based in Folsom, and he was in San Jose, we decided to meet up in a central point and carpool towards the valley. The central point decided was Oakdale – Cowboy Capital of the World. Too bad, there wasn’t any cowboys can be seen, except a few cowboy themed building. Done checking in on the first day to the booked motel, we drove towards the valley for the first hike after a heavy brunch.
Since we weren’t in any rush, we stopped by for photos in a few vista points.
After we parked our car, we walked around the village and spent some time in the Yosemite Village Museum.
We ended up starting the hike late on Yosemite Falls Trail, by the time we reached the bottom of Upper Yosemite Falls, it’s already 6+ and it’s getting dark soon due to the Spring Season.
With the days getting dark very soon, we decided to hike down from the trail. By the time we got to the valley floor, it’s already dark. We have to rely on the light source of our phones to light the way back to the Yosemite Village for dinner. After the dinner, we took the last shuttle bus to the nearest stop to our parking, at around Sentinel Drive. On the way to our parking, we met another couple which has no light source all all and have to walk in the dark. We shared our light with them to walk towards their parked car even though it’s the other direction, had some great chats along the way. It’s about 11+ by the time we got back to our car, since it’s already that late, we took the opportunity to take some night photos around the valley.
Spent almost an hour for these photos, we drove back to Oakdale and got some sleep before coming back the next morning for a “proper” hike. We slept for 2 hours, and then began the drive back to Yosemite Valley and managed to catch some first beam of the morning light over the valley.
We started to hike the Four Mile Trail around 8 in the morning, and there’s plenty of good views of the valley all the way up.
After some light snacks and took some photos, we began hiking down to our car. Before bidding farewell, we drove around Oakdale for sightseeing.
Slideshows of other photos taken during the trip: