California road trip, part two: J and I drive a million miles to Yosemite back up to Lake Tahoe and back to Washington all within 72 hours.
Day 3 we woke up in Ukiah, California and continued down the 101 for a bit, cut over to Sacramento, then to Yosemite. We ended up spending two half days in Yosemite; unfortunately we didn’t have time for more than that. The first day we got to Yosemite around 3 or 4 and spent about 5 hours at the park. We checked out the Valley, which had a lot of pretty sights (all the big, famous ones are located in Yosemite Valley), but also had a ton of people, not to mention the roads were under construction and one part was even closed. Boo. After driving around the Valley we headed up towards Glacier Point to hike up the Sentinal Dome, which is like the little sister to the more famous Half Dome. Why did we pick Sentinal Dome? Well, the Half Dome hike is between 14 and 20 miles depending on the trail you take, and Sentinal Dome is 2.2 miles. You still get beautiful panoramic views without, uh, dying.
Even on the 2 mile hike, I was still dying. I had a cold the whole time we were on vacation and between that and the high altitude, hiking uphill killed me. I couldn’t breathe at all and wanted to give up about halfway through. Props to J for not letting me give up because the views were pretty awesome 🙂
The next morning, we headed to Yosemite to drive over Tioga Pass. It was really gorgeous up there. Very alpine, with rocks and trees, and we even drove past a few gorgeous lakes. We stopped off a few times and wandered out a ways, but didn’t do any real hikes because my sick little self couldnt handle anything more strenuous than walking up a small hill. Sad. We pulled off at Tenaya Lake for lunch, which was absolutely stunning. My photos couldn’t even capture how bright blue and clear the water was. After lunch, we continued along the pass and drove onto Lake Tahoe!
This was the point in the trip where I must have gotten a little delirious from all the driving, not sleeping well, and being ready to be home, because I didn’t take any pictures in Lake Tahoe. We stayed in South Lake Tahoe and enjoyed some of the best sushi we’ve ever had, lost money at the casino, and stumbled upon an adorable little outdoor hipster bar with live music, string lights, awesome hard cider on tap, and crazy hot dogs. We loved it. Well, my lack of photos for that part of the trip obviously means we just have to make it back to South Lake Tahoe for more sushi and fun. And, you know, enjoying the beach this time.