|photo credits to Matt Fonceca|
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The Yosemite National Park is a 4-hours drive from San Francisco, hence a popular day trip destination among visitors to the Bay. However, if time is on your side, I highly suggest you to stay at least 3 days in Yosemite National Park for a chance to truly appreciate its splendor.
|Mirror Lake, Yosemite. Photo from Flickr|
Day 1: Settle down
Day 2: Do a hike
We went to the Wilderness Permit Station to grab our permit (Chris registered online before hand) and 2 bear canister. This is a very crucial step because:
1. A wilderness permit is require for any backpacking activity.
2. A bear resistant food container "bear canisters" is your best bet to prevent bears from getting it's share of your food. Note that the counterbalance food hangs are no longer legal.... and you do not want your car to end up like this.
|image via nps.gov|
4. Fill up your water bottles
The hike up was hard for me I did not know why. I was gasping for air halfway up, however I don't find the trail strenuous, I even saw people in their 60s doing it. Maybe I was just drained from too much excitement for the pass 3 weeks! There were signs along the trail about recent sightings of mountain lions/ pumas, however, we did not see one (Thank God.)
We ended our hike with this stunning view of the Half-Dorm, and we even found a tree resembling the "Groot" from "Guardian of the Galaxy". Earn a free hug by saying "We are G-r-o-o-t!"
We spent the night on the mountain with a campfire.
Day 3: Swimming, Mirror LakeSwimming
From the backpackers campsite, you can either take the hiking trail at the end of the campsite all the way until you reach your destination, or turn into the paved road halfway down the trail.
It is a seasonal lake, although it was not in season, almost dried up, the water still manage to catch my reflection beautifully. It is worth the 1.2 mile-hike.
On our way back, we actually saw bear tracks! We had 2 choices: turn into the paved road or continue walking. We ran until we reach the campsite. (what if that was a Brown bear? We will be so dead.)
Day 4: Saying Goodbye
Read more: A Rough Guide to Yosemite National Park
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