16 July 2008

After breakfast, We packed up camp.  We were out of the campground about 11:00 a.m.

We headed east on the Tioga Road toward Yosemite Valley.  We stopped at Tenaya Lake for pictures and the great view.  Then we stopped at Olmstead Point for the same.  From the point, you get a good view
of Half Dome.  There was a short hike that descended from the parking lot there.

After that, we continued along the Tioga Road to the Tuolemne Grove.  We took the one mile hike down to the grove that descended 500 feet.  This grove of giant sequoias conatins about 25 trees.  Well, they were huge.  Its difficult to describe the feeling when viewing these giants.  The largest had a diameter of about 30 feet.  One dead trunk had a  pathway cut through big enough to drive a small wagon through.

The hike back out was a little strenuous, but it didn’t last long.  The whole hike took about 90 minutes.

Once back at the car, we continued toward the valley.  We stopped at the gas station in Crane Flat for a late lunch of pre-made sandwiches.  Then we continued on.

We arrived at Curry Village in Yosemite Valley and checked in to our tent cabin.  We picked up a few supplies at the Village Store and we ate pizza in Curry Village.

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