Yosemite + Napa Trip Recap
Today I am finishing up the recap of our recent 10 day trip to California and Nevada. Last week I shared about our trip to Northern California and Lake Tahoe and today I want to continue with the 2nd part to Yosemite and Napa.
After leaving Lake Tahoe on the 4th of July we headed towards Mammoth Falls to stay for one night. We booked a last minute Air B&B which turned out perfectly. We got to meet the host and she was just so sweet and it was such a blessing to stay at her place. It had a full kitchen which was super helpful and we had access to a ton of amenities which was so nice too. Since it was the 4th of July, after arriving and unpacking, we drove out to a nearby lake to see fireworks and then called it a night.
Day 7 – Yosemite
The next morning we woke up and drove to Yosemite National Park where we of course, went hiking! The first trail we did was called Lembert Dome which was a 4 mile loop and took us to a lake.
After that hike we drove to Tenaya lake where we had lunch. It was actually really cold so we didn’t stay long which was a bummer because it was so pretty out.
After lunch we drove to Tuolumne Meadows which is a very popular trail in Yosemite. This was probably my favorite part of Yosemite because the trail had amazing and enormous sequoia trees. I really couldn’t get enough. They were just soooooo big!
That night we booked another last minute AirBnB in Coulterville, which seemed to be the closest thing to Yosemite. The owners were extremely nice and they had a son who was super cute and fun to talk to and play with. I think he was happy to have company. It was out in the woods and it was so nice and peaceful. We even got to enjoy a glass of wine on the patio. The next morning we left for the park at 6 am so we were bummed that we had to miss the gourmet breakfast they cook every day but for it being a last-minute booking, it worked perfect!
Day 8 – Yosemite
The next day we drove back to the park and went to the Lower Valley where we started off with a hike to Mirror Lake. Perhaps a more fitting name should have been Mirror pond, because there wasn’t much water. Regardless, the reflection on the water was just beautiful.
After Mirror Lake we headed to Yosemite Falls which you could basically just walk up and see, meaning we didn’t have to hike forever to get there. That also meant it was much more crowded. However, we were able to climb on the rocks to get very close to the waterfall, so that is of course what we did! We spent some time climbing to get near and once we did, we were able to sit and enjoy the view for awhile.
After the falls we decided we were wanted to go rent tubes to float down the river but they were completely sold out. So instead, we took our $1 tubes from Wal-Mart and found a spot to hang out and it worked out perfectly and even better, saved us a bunch of money. The water was sooooo cold, but it was so nice just to hang out and take a break from hiking!
Late afternoon we left the river and we saw a bear off the road. I was so excited because I kept saying I wanted to see a bear and a waterfall. We decided to squeeze in one more hike so we went to Mariposa Grove. We thought it would be full of more Sequoia trees, but we ended up not seeing many at all. Considering how tired we were it probably would have been best to skip this hike.
After leaving the park we drove to Stockton to stay the night and booked another last minute hotel. We got to see this beautiful sky at dinner.
Day 9 – Napa Valley
On our last full-day in California we woke up and drove to Napa. We visited a few wineries but honestly after going to three of them, that was enough for us! I know people go to California just to go to Napa but we are definitely not wine connoisseur so although we had a great time in Napa, it wasn’t really our thing. Instead of staying in Napa all day we instead drove to lake Berryessa where we spent the afternoon.
On our last night we stayed in Sacramento as our flight was the next morning. And well that was our trip! Overall we took 51,391 steps, drove 1,480 miles, climbed 931 floors, walked 64 miles and slept in 7 different hotels! All in all it was an amazing trip and I am so grateful for all the time we got to spend together.
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I didn’t start sharing our traveling adventures on the blog until the end of 2013, but you can see some of our vacations below. You can also see our best travel tips here!
Western Caribbean Cruise
South America: Argentina
South America: Torres Del Paine
South America: Lake Region
South America: Santiago + Coast
Costa Rica: Manuel Antonio
Costa Rica: Santa Teresa
Costa Rica: La Fortuna
Caribbean Cruise – Grand Turk + Dominican Republic
Caribbean Cruise – Aruba + Curacao
Colorado Ski Date #2
Europe: The Netherlands
Europe: Montenegro + Greece
Colorado Ski Trip #4
Northern California + Lake Tahoe
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