Now what I want to share with you is not my experiences in those cities (although all they were all amazing and I may share at some point) but the very short time that I spent in Yosemite National Park on its 150th Anniversary year, What a very special place.
For the first part of my trip I spent four days in San Francisco doing all the tourist things and had a brilliant time on Fisherman's Wharf, visited Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge and eaten the local Sourdough Bread from the Boudin Bakery.
And what else can I say other than I fell in love with the place and wish to return at some point to repeat the experience, as the song says "I left my heart in San Francisco"
Before flying out I had arranged a one day trip to Yosemite with a local tour company (Extranomical tours) as I thought it would be the most convenient way to see as much as possible within the national park in the shortest possible time as there wasn't going to be time for any overnight stay I had to cram things in a bit.
After being picked up by the transport from the hotel at 06:30 and collecting a few other passengers on the way we made our way on the long drive out of the city and down into the San Joaquin Valley, through the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range and the old gold rush town Groveland and then Past Yosemite Creek to the Valley. It was a long drive with a couple of rest breaks and one at a local Supermarket (Grocery Store in the U.S.) where I picked up a few supplies and a huge sandwich from the Deli counter to eat a little later.
Eventually reaching the top it was time to move on. Another short ride to see Tunnel View.
Next on the rounds was to be a visit to the foot of El Capitan then on to Bridalveil Falls more sights I needed to see.
Next it was on to Bridalveil Falls which because of the time of year was a little feeble compared to how I've seen it in pictures in full flow.
You get to see the landscape in a different perspective on the return journey as the sun begins to set.
Thanks for taking the time to read if you got this far of course and hope to share my travels with you again soon.