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Day 3: Arriving to Yosemite National Park

Our campground check-in time was 12-noon and we were only about 40 minutes away so we took our time getting moving today.  That said, we were anxious to make our way into the park, so before too long we were hitched and once again rolling.

Yosemite park entrance

I’ve seen and read a lot about this place, but nothing compared to actually seeing the park up-close.  It really is majestic.  The scale of the park is nothing I’ve ever seen before; it really is beautiful.

Arriving a bit too early to check into our site, Kelly and I killed some time exploring the area known as Yosemite Village.  Essentially, this is ground zero – the place where gift shops, restaurants, grocery stores, and campgrounds all collide.  A place that is both convenient and horrific at the same time.  Some of the Rangers tell me that the park is quite empty this time of year, particularly on weekdays.

River running through our campground

How far down is the drop …

One of many sheer rock faces in the valley

Interestingly enough, the campgrounds are all quite full.  The real crowds are those visiting the park for day visits.  I’m quite surprised at the amount of parking throughout the broader Village.  Incredibly, during summer months, what looks like ample parking today is often woefully inadequate.

Anyway, our day was mainly about getting settled, reading up on day hikes and reminding ourselves how lucky we are to be  in this majestic setting.

Tomorrow Kelly’s brother Chris arrives with his dog Katie.  Neither of us has seen Chris in a while and we are really looking forward to spending some time with him this week.

Yosemite Preamble: Half Moon Bay to San Martin

Kelly and I are headed to Yosemite National Park.  Neither of us has ever been and we are both quite excited to explore this vast park.  Most of the major National Parks require reservations made far in advance and when I booked this reservation a few months ago, I secured an arrival date Oct-14.

Recently, Kelly and I decided we wanted to get out of HMB Thursday night in order to avoid the craziness that is about to consume our town – Pumpkin Festival.  Anticipating heavy traffic Friday morning, we decided to avoid traffic and leave early.  Accordingly, we got our act together such that we were equipped to shove off earlier this evening … about 7pm

Just wanting to get ahead of the Friday morning rush hour, we drove about 75 minutes southeast to San Martin, CA  and dry camped in the Camping World parking lot.

As far as I could tell, there were three or four other RVer’s doing the same.

We’ve got some minor tweaks to address in the Airstream – nothing major, just some issues that have surfaced since taking possession in early July.  Tomorrow we are headed Toscano RV – one of the larger Airstream dealers in northern California.  Hopefully we’ll be in and out of there quickly and without any drama.