Yosemite National Forest – Pt. 2
September 14, 2017
Incase you missed part one of our trip to Yosemite, go and read that one first!
Assuming you’re all caught up, this post picks up after our first night camping at the top of the mountain. If you’re also interested in watching the video I made of our whole trip (read: posts 1 & 2 combined), you may watch it here.
On our first evening of the official hike, we reached our campsite just as the sun was setting with enough time to set up our tent and eat a quick meal. Which, I didn’t mention in the previous post, is the easiest tent I’ve ever set up! So bloody quick to assemble. This was our first night camping off the trail and away from fellow campers. Needless to say, we were incredibly nervous of a potential bear encounter as the guides had warned us of a savvy female bear in the area we were hiking. Sleep was minimal that night as every single sound was amplified by the complete tranquility of the forest.
I will say, sleeping right beside a creek is my favourite way to camp. The sound is just so soothing. If it weren’t for fear of a bear encounter, I probably would have slept like a baby.
Before we began our hike for day two we filtered plenty of water for the hot day ahead. The creek was ice cold and absolutely perfect for stocking up first thing in the morning. It did, however, make showering quite miserable!
Filtering water is a bloody workout. This bottle saved our lives, though, and gave us total peace of mind drinking the creek water. The national park does a wonderful job enforcing the protection of the creek. We were not allowed to shower in it or within 100 feet of the creek to preserve its state. For that, I was grateful. Let’s just say that showering was such a challenge, it only happened once the whole trip. Proof you really love someone: sleeping in confined quarters for days on end with minimal cleaning.
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!)
Samantha – Outfit Details:
This was the perfect trip to stop, smell the flowers, and admire the bees.
Our third night camping was almost identical to the previous night. Every sound kept us awake in anticipation of a bear encounter. As I write this, I realize I sound incredibly paranoid, but when you’re living through it, it’s hard to put those thoughts out of your mind. Needless to say, we successfully avoided another bear encounter! However, this was all thanks to a ranger who asked us to move campsites. You can watch all about that in our video.
One of the beauties of escaping city life is zero light pollution – that means lovely pics like these taken by a very patient Eddie.
Our breakfast set-up was simple so that we could quickly get a meal in our bellies before burning calories and losing almost all our water consumption via sweat throughout the day. Also seen below, mank nails. Every girl needs to get down and dirty at some point in her life. Really get into nature, suffer for a few days, and learn to appreciate a nice cold shower and other activities/products we take for granted every day. It grounds you (pun intended).
The descent began and the gorgeous views continued. Absolutely breathtaking.
We finally made it to a view of the valley. This is where we would head back to where we began our hike three days prior. The end was in sight!
Going downhill was definitely better on my knee, however, I was still broken by the time we got back to the backpackers campground. A quick shower and we made our way back to LA.
Whilst our Yosemite trip was cut a tiny bit short due to my knee problems, it was still an incredible experience and one we’ll remember forever. I highly recommend going during the summer as the temperatures were still plummeting even the beginning of July. Any recommendations for other camping trips would be appreciated! We’ve got Yellowstone on our list to visit soon too!
In case you missed it, we filmed our journey and made a little video! Give it a watch if you’re interested.