Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Road Trip - Day 3

August 4, 2009
Depart from Oakdale, California
10:00 AM
Rise and shine boys...Our plan for today was to head to Yosemite.

The road was long , windy, and narrow.

We arrived at 11:30 AM

There is a free bus to get anywhere you want at Yosemite. It is very cool.
Here we are waiting for the bus to come.

It was breathtakingly beautiful.

Below Gunnar was pouting on a rock and refused to move because we wouldn't get him the owl finger puppet he wanted. Good times.

There was a one mile hike to get to the top of the waterfall. We thought, "no problem". As we started walking we quickly realized that it was about 100 degrees outside and the hike was completely uphill. If we were thinking clearly we would have realized that "duh" the top of a waterfall...of course it is uphill. I'm not talking just some little hill it was painstaking. The boys had to stop every so often just so they could breathe. There were people all around us sitting and resting all along the path. It was brutal.
When we finally made it to the top we realized it wasn't exactly the "top" of waterfall but just a resting spot to get water and cool off. We decided to stop there and not continue to the very tip top of the waterfall. There were others who continued on but most of the people turned around when we did and made their way back down.

Chance climbed down to the water and drank right from the stream. It was worth the climb... however, I am not so sure Gunnar would agree.

The prime spot for a photo shoot.

As we were making our way out of Yosemite and to our hotel room for the night we couldn't help but notice these huge pine cones all along the side of the road. They were the biggest ones I had ever seen in my entire life. They are from a sugar pine.

We loved Yosemite and wished we had more than one day to spend there. It is absolutely beautiful.

We made it to our hotel, in Fresno, California at 7:50 PM.

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