Yosemite National Forest – Pt. 1

Yosemite National Forest – Pt. 1


August 29, 2017

Yosemite has been on our bucket list for years now. In July, we set off to experience our first ever proper backpacking adventure. I’ve camped many times in my life, but they have always been the sort where you drive up to a campsite with your car, set up camp, and stay in the same spot all weekend enjoying a river, fishing, tubing, etc. I had never backpacked and moved campsite every night, so I was nervous to say the least. This trip was Eddie’s baby so he spent months researching and planning our multi-day camping trek. We hopped in our car, fully loaded, and hit the road for a mere 5-hour drive. Of course, my English Breakfast tea was kept nice and warm in my new Byta. You can learn about their support of ocean and forest conservation here. Quite fitting considering we were heading into a massive forest ourselves! Oh, and the colour I got was ‘moss green’. Purely coincidental, I promise.

yosemite road trip my byta

Upon arriving in Yosemite, we tried to soak in as much beauty as possible before beginning our long trek the next day.

Yosemite National Forest
Yosemite National Forest

We caught a bus up to Glacier Point so we could get this spectacular view of Half Dome.

Yosemite half dome

That night, we stayed at the backpackers campground where we’d begin our trail the following morning. Up bright and early, we repacked our bags for the long walk ahead.

Pictured below: Me at the beginning of the trailhead for Yosemite Falls. That smile quickly got wiped off my face as we headed up the trail. Of course, our first day was climbing miles up a mountain with backpacks heavy and full of food. Joy.

yosemite national forest trail entrance
yosemite national forest

Shame. Poor Eddie had the heaviest backpack by far. We would stop and lean against any boulder we could find to loosen the load!

Yosemite National Forest

Or just pose in front of them.

Yosemite National Forest

Yosemite National Forest
Yosemite National Forest

By far, my favourite view of the entire trip was the half-way point of Yosemite Falls. Thankfully, there was a nice breeze that day which allowed for a light shower from the mist of the falls. Exactly what we needed during that scorcher of a day!

Yosemite National Forest

Stopping to take it all in. Half dome is pictured here again. Yosemite National Forest is absolutely breathtaking. I would definitely rank it in magnificence alongside the Grand Canyon.

Yosemite National Forest

Unfortunately, I have a dodgy left knee from not rehabbing it properly after an ACL surgery back in 2010. I didn’t prepare myself properly for the amount of uneven, uphill walking we’d be doing. Therefore, my knee practically gave in about 3/4 of the way up the mountain – day 1 – awful. I was almost on the verge of tears as I looked up to see this view (pictured below) still left to tackle in order to make it to the top.

Yosemite National Forest
Yosemite National Forest

Eddie was a total trooper – helping me up (slowly) the last quarter of the trail. We finally made it to the Yosemite Falls Overlook in about 4.5 hours. It was the perfect opportunity to soak in the beautiful view, eat some lunch, and rest my knee!

Yosemite National Forest

Yosemite National Forest

Whilst I rested, Eddie managed to hike to the stairs of the overlook in order to get a glimpse of the source of the falls. That huge river you see is entirely made of snow melt. We lucked out in that Yosemite Falls is one of the most picturesque things to see in the valley, but it turns out that by July 4th, it’s normally completely dry. This was the first time in 7 years that it was flowing this late into the year.

Yosemite National Forest
Yosemite National Forest

After a short break at the top of the falls, we continued to hike (up!) to our campsite for the night.

Yosemite National Forest

What We Packed:

(I’m only listing a few of the essentials below. If you have questions about any of these, or something I’ve left off, just ask! We have lots of opinions about everything we packed. Also, about 90% of this was purchased from REI and the rest from Amazon.)

TentBackpackSleeping BagWater BottleWater Filter BottlePillowsFood Packets

Samantha – Outfit Details:

HatSunglassesShortsHiking BootsSocks, T-shirt (similar here)

 

On Yosemite Pt. 2 I’ll be covering our descent down the mountain, bear scares, campsites that dreams are made of, and the most crystal creeks yet. Stay tuned for part two coming soon!

Love,

Saffy

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