After two and a half fabulous days in Tuolumne Meadows, it was time to head out 🙁 As part of our Plan B once our High Sierra loop trip was kaput, Jason and I decided to head south to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. But first, a quick side trip to Yosemite Valley!
Being the masochistic vacationers we are, we set our alarms for 5:30am. We wanted to get to the Valley as early as we could…without hating ourselves for it later 😕 We successfully pulled out of Tuolumne Meadows around 6:00am and were down to the Valley around 7:30am, just in time to enjoy the breakfast buffet at the Curry Village Pavilion.
From breakfast, we headed to the next logical place: the Village Store for souvenir shopping. I am sad to report that I purchased nothing 🙁 We must have hit a good year last summer, because there was nothing cute this time around. From there, we stopped by the Ansel Adams Gallery to check out Sequoia/Kings Canyon prints. I was also hoping to find a special piece of jewelry to remind me of the trip. Again, no luck 😥 However, I was told that I could be a hand model. I should totally pursue that 😉
We checked out Yosemite Falls, which was still going due to the heavy snowfall. While I know that it was impressive for this time of year, it was still nothing compared to what we saw last summer (or what had to be going on this June).
Then, it was time for the real reason behind our Valley visit.
Well, it wasn’t all about pizza. I couldn’t imagine visiting Yosemite and not seeing the Valley.
Of course, we were quickly reminded why we stayed in the High Country. There are too many people in the Valley, and many of them are just plain rude. We bore witness to plenty of stupidity in the three/four hours we spent down there. It was bittersweet driving out of the Valley to head south.