I should be ashamed that it’s 2019 and I’m STILL banging on about my big American trip. If you are new here, back in 2017, I spent a couple of months in the USA and Canada. However, I’m still working through my USA Diary Posts and haven’t posted since August. I’ve vowed to finish them as my 2019 goals and it’s a good job I have everything already written! We finished off at Part 16, which I was in San Francisco for Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Jumping back into the Diary posts, we are kicking off on Day Forty of the trip where we were starting my dream Road Trip.
After spending a little bit too much money on Black Friday, It was time to tick another bucket list item; Visiting Yosemite National Park. We had stayed in a town called Merced which is just over an hour away from the park. The drive was actually pretty incredible, everywhere you looked was just so picturesque. Entry into Yosemite was $35 per vehicle which is valid for 7 days. As we were only visiting for the day, we couldn’t even scratch the surface of exploring the park. There are lot’s of different sights, viewpoints and to be honest, I was rather clueless. We didn’t really have a solid plan and just decided to kind of wing it and just explore what we could.
Driving through Yosemite seemed like a dream in our convertible. It’s just seriously breathtaking. The first place we stopped off at was the Bridalveil Falls. We walked right up to the base of the falls, it was rather busy as it was a weekend and also this is an area which is open all year round. The falls are also known as Pohono which means “Spirit of the puffing wind”
We decided to head over to the Yosemite Village passing by the El Capitan Rock face. Another incredible sight of the valley. Over at the village, there are a few places for food, shops and a visitor centre here. This is basically the central hub for the valley the visitor centre was really interesting to gain more knowledge on the area. The village is right near Yosemite Falls which is the most famous waterfall in the area. We wandered through the Giant Sequoia Trees – I had a little photoshoot and made our way to the base of the waterfall. It’s truly an incredible sight and even the photo’s don’t do it justice.
For visiting Yosemite, I’d definitely recommend going for more than a day. It’s such an incredibly beautiful park and worth spending a couple of days there. If you are limited to a day trip, get there early and have a clear plan. As we visited towards the end of November, it was pretty cold and some areas were closed due to snowfall. We didn’t do any of the hikes but if that’s something you are wanting to do, definitely research things thoroughly and be well prepared. I’m so thankful I managed to visit Yosemite National Park as it wasn’t in my original plans. Although I loved visiting all the cities along the way on my tour of America, nothing beats visiting Monument Valley, The Grand Canyon and Yosemite.
That evening we drove back towards San Francisco to Santa Clara. Day Forty-One was another exciting one (when wasn’t it?!) and it was my very first NFL Game. Santa Clara is in California’s Silicon Valley and is actually home to San Francisco’s 49ers NFL team at the Levi’s Stadium. We had managed to get some amazing third-row seats for the Seattle Seahawks game behind the goal and decked ourselves in 49ers merchandise. The whole atmosphere was incredible and although the 49ers lost, we had a great day out.
It was then time to get back on the road and head to the Californian coastline for our Road trip. Our first stop on the coastline was Monterey and we were staying for two nights. I was really excited about visiting Monterey as I’m a big fan of the TV Show Big Little Lies and it was filmed there. When we arrived we popped down to the famous Fisherman’s Wharf for some food. It’s a lovely area with lot’s of little seafood restaurants and gift shops. I’ll leave this post here but the next one will be all about my time exploring Monterey before taking on the 17 Mile Drive. Let’s hope I don’t leave it 6 months until the next instalment!