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USA - Yosemite National Park, California

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Yosemite is a beautiful National Park, sitting like an oasis in the middle of dry, central California. Large granite boulders and cliffs characterize the park, which were formed by molten lava trapped beneath the earth’s crust thousands of years ago. During the ice age a glacier carved a deep path and exposed the smooth granite, leaving behind a beautifully sculpted valley.

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We camped for three nights and explored different parts of the National Park. The valley has a river running through the base and one of the hikes involved walking up the valley side, for great views down. The north side of the park sits between 2,500-3,000 meters in altitude and has flat grasslands which has herds of Elk roaming through at sunset. We did a great hike into a place called Clouds Rest, which took us onto a large granite slab jutting out into the middle of the valley with 360 degree views, very rewarding after the tough climb at that altitude.

On the southern side of the park is another great viewpoint called Glacier Point, we took the easy way out and drove up to this one! Then on to Mariposa Grove which has the giant Sequoia trees, an offshoot of the Redwoods of Northern California. The Sequoia tree doesn’t get quite as tall but makes up for it by being even wider, making them the largest living thing on earth!

During our camping we learnt to be very bear cautious, leaving all our food in bear-proof lockers and not in the car as the bear’s sense of smell is so strong they can break into cars, completely ruining them in search of food. Franklin managed to survive the 3 nights, luckily as we were sleeping inside!

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Posted by TheNomadWay.com 17:00 Archived in USA

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