My sixth consecutive year of escaping a portion of the Melbourne winter took me to the United States and Mexico. The trip was initally supposed to be three weeks in New York but I joined forces with Goldilocks (my dear school friend Jess) and the itinerary grew to include time in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Mexico City and Puerto Escondido in addition to NYC.
Jess and I were adamant about spending at least one night in Yosemite National Park - it was the ‘tasting plate’ tour - and caught two trains and a bus from San Francisco. We have every intention of returning there for a significantly longer amount of time, and with our own vehicle so we don’t end up having to hitch hike again…
I highly recommend spending any amount of time in Yosemite if you can, it’s mind blowing.
( Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros - 40 Day Dream )
Hiking the John Muir Trail to the top of Vernal Falls in forty degree heat.
As we started pretty late in the afternoon we didn’t make it all the way to Nevada Falls. On our way down we took the Mist Trail.
Last light on Half Dome at sunset.
One of the downsides of Yosemite is the food. It’s bad. It’s very, very bad. Especially at Curry Village where we were staying. We decided to have breakfast at The Ahwahnee on Saturday morning which was probably the best decision we’d ever made.
While we were eating, a doe and her two fawns scampered past the window of the dining hall. Well played, Yosemite. Once we’d finished eating we went for a walk around the hotel and found more deer.
It’s like something out of Twin Peaks.
Deliriously celebrating finally making it to Tunnel View. We even tried befriending an Asian family in the hopes that they would drive us there but in the end we walked for over an hour before a kid named Brendan U-turned to come and specifically pick us up and drive us the remaining 200 metres.
It was well worth it, even with a hazy view. Then we begged a jeep full of college student camp leaders to drive us back to Curry Village so we could make our bus to Merced station (pictured below) and get back to San Francisco.
Taken with my Olympus OM10 and Pentax Asahi.