We left Yosemite today without seeing a single bear! They even gave us a room which had a view of a bear trail where a black bear walks every night. But did we see it… no!
First day we saw Big Ed which is a huge Giant Sequoias tree. In the park, they had a Sequoia chopped down and it showed all the rings inside and they thought it was over 1000 years old. How cool.
The second day we got up super early to beat the traffic into the park and got halfway then about 8 cars in front of us there was a fire next to the road. So, the traffic stopped. We thought it was a tree but when we got out of the car we saw that it was a car on fire. The fire engine was there after 20 min and took it out. Then after another 10 min we could go around it. It was 4 people in their 20s driving it and it looked like they basically just stopped the car, threw the stuff out of the boot and got out of there before it took fire. Pretty scary.
It was a full-on fire with the petrol tank exploding and the trees around it caught on fire as well.
We got to the Yosemite park an hour later and it was pretty busy but we managed to get a spot. They have busses that go to different parts of the park all day long so we just jumped on one of those and jumped off by the waterfall. The walk from the bus stop to the waterfall would normally take about 30 min. But I have two boys and they both loves to climb, so it took us about 45 min. We jumped on stones, hid in trees and Stephen hurt his knee when he jumped off one big rock.
The waterfall was impressive and we got soaked! After that we had a great walk and play in the forest. We played pooh-sticks over bridges, climbing up rocks, got eaten alive by mosquitos and had races. Later, we had picnic at some benches and went home.
In the evening we went next door to our hotel where they had an old steam train. They had arranged an evening where we could pan for gold in the water, have dinner with entertainment and then a ride on the train.
It was great, we actually found gold all of us. Henry also found a frog who jumped up on his head. We then sat down and had a bbq dinner with live music. Four men and a lady that played guitar, banjo and tambourine. Really lovely. Then we all went on the train and it took us into the forest where they had a campfire and more music. We were back by 9.30 and we walked through the forest. Not even then did we see a bear.
Henry walked so much here in the forest and there is me saying he doesn’t like walking. We loved Yosemite and would come back later when Henry can do some more.