Drive of a Lifetime
June 19th 2009, Day 3 of The Great Western America Road Trip
Trip summery can be found here
We continued along the coolest road in the world. This bridge was not to far after we exited the town of Big Sur. Sorry that the flowers are blurry, that night I was kicking my self in the head for not taking a frame with them in focus. After a short 2 mile hike to the beach at Andrew Molera State Park, we said goodbye to the ocean and headed east to Yosemite. Randomly we ended up in the town of Hollister California, I am assuming what the clothing company is named after. But that town is a dud, looked to be mostly a farming community with a lot of migrant workers and ZERO "beach town" feel, which is what the clothing company displays it as. We laughed and will never look at a Hollister t-shirt the same. Again I was surprised about California, I pictured the countryside to be green hills and vineyards all around. But it was mostly brown and dry, maybe it was the time of year, I don't know.
Anyways we came into Yosemite from the east and was instantly taken back. One of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. Standing in the middle of a grassy meadow surrounded by some of the largest cliffs and waterfalls of the world was very humbling. Unfortunately we did not know if we would be able to take this trip 6 months to the day (the time required to reserve a campsite in the park) so we had to stay a few miles outside the park (don't be fooled it was still an hour drive from the valley) at Indian Flats Campground. There is a lot of bad reviews about this park but I have no complaints, they were friend, showers were hot, and there was even a sink to wash dishes. It was again only one night, the next morning we try to get a walk-up campsite in the valley for the next 3 nights.