Yosemite National Park & San Francisco

I was lucky enough to meet Eric and Ray down in Patagonia two years ago and then met up with them throughout my South American trip.

When we decided to do a short trip around America fate would have it that Eric was moving to Lake Tahoe around the same time so Ray decided to fly from New York to come meet us so we could all go to Yosemite National Park for a long weekend.

This has to be one of our highlights of the trip so far. Eric managed to score amazing seats to a Giants game in San Francisco, so our first night was spent getting the full American experience. I have never heard heckling quite like the Americans to do it.

We were lucky enough to stay with Eric’s mum Janie and her boyfriend Terry. I don’t even know where to begin. We were so spoilt waking up to fresh coffee, french toast and amazing banter. Getting to hear all about Janie & Terry’s Adventures blew us away – in five years they have managed to travel to over 60 countries! I definitely think they are living the life and hopeful that one day we will both have done the same. We also got to spend the morning with Charlie Eric’s nephew who is the cutest.

So after a fabulous night and morning feeling refreshed we hit the road to Yosemite National Park.

Jake and I are so lucky to have been able to experience Yosemite National Park now both in the summer and winter. Yosemite National Park holds a special place in both of our hearts and getting to camp/hike/climb with friends was an experience we will both remember.

The amount of hikes that are available in Yosemite National Park is extremely overwhelming, as they all sound so beautiful. We decided to head out and do the Yosemite Falls hike. Well for a previous desk worker who had been lazy for the last two years I took up my position at trailing behind the boys.

I’m not going to lie, at points I didn’t think I could do the up hill climb. These legs were seriously out of shape. He might have smaller calves but boy can Jake hike and thankfully took on the task of being the pack horse so I only had to lug myself up the beautiful hike.

What a site! We managed to sit on the edge of the falls and take in the beautiful vistas of Yosemite National Park and Half Dome. Jake the eager kid he is, was the only brave soul to swim in a pool above the waterfall. However I did manage to put my ‘toe’ in. Photo proof below.

After a full day hiking we stopped off picked up a smores kit for the campfire. We then arrived back at camp drank beers, ate tacos and enjoyed a great nights sleep without any bears interrupting.

The next day was even better than the last. We managed to hike to El Capitan and climb the first pitch of the most famous climb on the wall named the “Nose of El Capitan” all made possible from Jake who traditional climbed up and set an anchor for Eric and I to top rope.

We are also pretty sure our 7 year old mate Noah who climbed up with his dad might be the next Alex Honnold putting us all to shame.

The last night in Yosemite we dispersed camped (freedom camped) which was another great night. However Jake might disagree, I woke him up after having a nightmare a bear bit my head & then forcing him to watch out for bears while I quickly moved to the van where I slept for the remainder of the night.

Its always sad saying goodbye to friends but we’re hopeful we will meet up with them for a Colombian adventure soon.

Our recommendations for Yosemite National Park

  1. Camp within the Yosemite National Park. You may have to book a head but it is pretty awesome experience or rock up very early to camp 4.
  2. Hike Yosemite Falls
  3. Explore the park it is huge and amazing just to walk around.
  4. Hike Half Dome – We didn’t do this hike because you have to enter into a ballet system where the only allow a select number of people.
  5. A must do is head to the iconic Tunnel view viewpoint


Pre hike photo
Slowly dying on the way up

Proof I put my toe in!

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