Yosemite Road trip

Yosemite was the second stop for our road trip. After leaving San Diego early in the morning we were off.  I had my GPS, printed off directs from google maps, and in the end I trusted the maps app on the phone. It took on some back roads to get there. I made the mistake of picking a nice look gas station to stop at but which was dump inside. Their bathroom was horrible, like those bathrooms you upchuck in after one too many beers  out with your sorority sisters in the wrong part of town. Ok when it is just you and other adults, not so great when you have kids. Also a big pet peeve was that they had no area for me to clean my car’s window. Think about the fact that I had just driven through the farming belt of California. My car was the bug terminator, yuck.  After this our next stop was a hole in the wall family pizza place, they had the best pizza ever. I wish I remembered their name but it is one of the small stops heading into Yosemite on CA-41. Sorry I don’t have any more to message on it. The town we decided to stay at was Mariposa CA at their Best Western. After all the logistics we were off to Yosemite again. Going in you are overwelmed with just how beautiful it is. I would adivice you to stop at many of that stop you can and to stay longer than a just a day. This place should be visited for at least a week to really enjoy it. My children loved running in the fields, hiking waterfalls, getting lost on trails, and trying to pick up the wildlife. While driving to another stop we passed a coyoty, but it may have been a wolf. While we were in our car taking pictures of it, it just stood there licking it’s chops debating if it wanted to jump in our car. A few yards ahead we passed some hikers and all I could think was “there’s lunch.” I know this is not true but my dark humor got a kick out of that. My favorite fall was Bridalveil Fall, my daughter loved the lower valley and their bridge. My son on the other hand decided he did not want to hike and was the party pooper of the trip. We did not let it stop us from having fun and he just had to hoof it with us. This was a family trip by the way and we all participate. I have to say some of these hikes kicked my butt and I just have to blame it on the elivation. I can not accept it that I am that out of shape. My only regret about this visit is that we did not schedual enough time and that I did not take some adult time out to really challenge myself on some the waterfall hikes they have.
Yosemite is a must to visit if you are in California, make sure you rent your hotel and any tours before hand and if you stay in Mariposa eat at the Happy Burger Diner. This reminded me of the mom and pop stops I went to as a child, I had their stuffed baked potato and chocolate shake. It was divine and the perfect end to the day. I am planning a adult trip there soon.





2 thoughts on “Yosemite Road trip

  1. Janet

    Nice photo of the falls. Did you happen to have pizza at Pizza Factory? Glad you liked Happy Burger in Mariposa, it’s one of my favorites in town too and the owners are great people.


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