The first road trip and Yosemite

On the road again…. It’s so good to be on the road again…

Up early again we had breakfast. But there was no watermelon, which I find positively abhorrent. I pushed through my disappointment and ate pancakes and pineapple instead.

Our hire car was at Bob Hope airport so we had a quick taxi ride north and after a little bit of confusion we had our Chevrolet. As modeled by dad here:

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Then we were off. The journey should be about 4 or so hours.

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That’s 4 hours not including dads dyslexia which meant we should take the 140 instead of the 41.

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But it turns out the 140 is pretty cool! Dad got angry because I should have told him it wasn’t the 140 that he told me it was. But we pulled over for some petrol in a town that was literally just a petrol station and BOOM…. I looked at him… He looked at me… “What are you doing here?!” “What are you doing here!” He responded.

It was Leo Houlding, an explorer from Stavely. He was in Yosemite for a week during a break in filming for a BBC children’s program.

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He was driving a charger… Which was slightly cooler than our car.

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Leo explained that the pass we were hoping to take the next day on the way to Death Valley was closed because of snow. It hadn’t rained/snowed since May, but started two days ago.

But that didn’t affect our journey to Yosemite which we arrived at in no time. With a weeks pass purchased at $20 we were off.

The weather wasn’t great but we could still see the full glory of el Capitan.

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Along with the other striking views from the valley.

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All accommodation in the national park is owned by the national park. In fact everything in there is owned by the park…

The biggest hotel looked like it was straight from The Shining.

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And so did ours! Our hotel was just outside of the park in Fish Camp. Which is a strange name, but just like Curry Village in the park, it isn’t literal.

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Fortunately nothing scary happened and I survived without being killed.

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Next post is the massive road trip from Yosemite to Las Vegas via Death Valley.

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