Wednesday, July 7, 2010

California: Chowchilla (and Yosemite)

We're on the road to small-townsville - in this case Chowchilla, 1.5hours south of Yosemite National Park.

There isn't much to say about the place, it's small, hot and has everything you'd ever need. Our motel, the Days Inn, is nice, but used to be smoking and they haven't quite got rid of the smell yet.

The drive to Yosemite is almost as pretty as the park itself, travelling over yellow hills and dry landscapes.

We pulled up to Yosemite at the South Entrance. It's hard to describe just how big this place is, but I'll try.

Yosemite is like the Disneyland of forests - busy, full of tour buses and massive.

To truly see the park you'd have to stay in one of the expensive accommodation options in and around the park for at least a week.

Not having much time we stuck to a small section of the park and wandered around a sequoia forest and walked through bear and mountain lion territory to a little swing-bridge.

We kept our eyes open on the last walk after seeing bear-proof bins in the parking lot, but thankfully no man eaters were to be seen.

There were plenty of squirriels though, and they are too cute!

For more photos check out my online album here.

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