Sunday, October 29, 2017

Weekend Getaway: Last Glimpse Of Fall In Yosemite

Living in the Bay Area, though it comes with great weather, we don't get to see a lot of Fall color around here. After doing a bunch of research and finding out that the closest destinations are still pretty far (Eastern Sierra), I decided to take a shot at visiting the greatest national park that happens to be sitting in our backyard... Yosemite.. and see how she's doing in the Fall.

I mean.. wow. Not bad for a view! This turns out to be the most rewarding trip I've had in 2017. It's the first time I experience Yosemite in a different color, different smell and vibe. I absolutely love it and if anyone's visiting, I highly recommend to visit during the Fall because it's also less crowded.

We stayed at a newly built Yosemite Valley Lodge nearby the park's entrance and my gosh it was gorgeous. We wish we could have stayed longer.

The hotel's excursion guide recommended us to hike at Tuolomne Grove where we'd find giant sequoias nestled in it. It was a loop of about 3 miles with moderate elevation when coming back. The hike could be done in 1-2 hours depending on how fast you walk. We spent almost 3 hours there admiring the view and trying to take photos of all the different types and shapes of trees. It was amazing.

Here's my itinerary if you're interested..
• Drive to Oakdale

• Drive to Groveland to have breakfast/lunch 
• Enjoy sunset at Tunnel View
• Stay a night at Rush Creek Lodge

• Drive to Tuolomne Grove of Giant Sequoias for a hike
• Drive back home

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