Yosemite and the Never-Ending Winding Road

My adventures continued as I got off my connection bus in Oakhurst, CA. I stopped at…you know where… Denny’s of course. After I ate I had Enterprise pick me up.

Last bus ride! Woohoo!
Oakhurst, CA

When I got to Yosemite I was greeted with this view. It was incredible! I took a few pictures and continued to make my way to Yosemite Village. After 45 minutes of fighting through traffic, construction, frustration, and wrong turns I finally found an illegal parking spot.

This’ll wake you up

I started walking around, trying to figure out exactly where I was and how to get anywhere. I asked several workers for directions and finally decided to work my way to Yosemite Falls. 

On the way to Yosemite Falls
Yosemite Falls
Yosemite Falls – I don’t know who that is.

After Yosemite Falls I caught a shuttle bus that was going to the other side of the Village to Vernal Falls, a few miles away. We made it about a mile before we got stuck in traffic. At that point we we were almost at a standstill so got out and walked. The path to get to bridge trailhead was about .8 miles, but it was almost all uphill. I don’t know if I feel it was worth it, it might have been more worth it if I went to the top of the falls. However, I didn’t go because by that point I was tired and knew I would probably have to walk all the way back to the village, which I did. In fact, traffic was so bad I passed the cars trying to get out while walking.

Bottom of Vernal Falls – too lazy to go to the top
So casaul
More views
Yosemite Falls from distance

By the time I got to my car it was already almost 6:00, but I wanted to see Glacier Point. I looked it up on my phone and it was an hour drive… Once I got away from the traffic I speed up there not knowing when the road to get up there closed. It was very winding and almost all uphill.

Through the woods we go

I reached the top with relief, not looking forward to the drive down. The view was spectacular, indescribable. I stayed for a while to watch the sunset, but I left around 8:30 for fear of being tired, which I was.

From Glacier Point
My hair looks gross
More sunset

I popped a caffeine pill knowing it was going to be a long way down. Little did I know…

It took forever! The road was so windy, and there seemed to be no end in sight. God sustained me though and I never felt tired. It was a good thing because my resting choices were limited. 

I drove for roughly two and half hours. It was the most adventurous drive of my life as I made my west towards San Francisco. Two-lane, curvy, windy road, pitch black in the woods, with possibility of a bear popping out at any time (numerous signs warning me). The one area was downhill and so curvy the speed limit was 20mph. It was cool to see the elevation markers every once in a while. I started at over 6100 ft and slowly made my way down over the trek to where the last marker I saw was at 2000 ft.

On the way down

I stopped at Denny’s. Called a few nearby hotels and crashed at a Best Western Plus. Woke up, ate breakfast, drove a little further and saw Spiderman (how could I not?). It was great! And it was cheaper in California than if I were to have seen it at home (go figure). Now I sit in the movie theater parking lot finishing this post. Next stop is somewhere in San Francisco. Still gotta figure that out.


Beach Day!

*This post was written on Thursday, but because I had no WiFi so I posted it early Friday morning.

I returned the bike rental and jumped on a bus to take me to Santa Monica Beach. It took a while because traffic is bad in Los Angeles, but after almost an hour we made it. 

The beach was great. I walked on the pier real quick, saw some groovy musicians like this one below (I would not be surprised if he pulls in $100K+ a year the way people constantly flocked to him).

I walked the beach, found a spot in the sand, and plopped myself down. I laid around for around three and a half hours. I put some sunscreen on, but I still got burnt in places I failed to cover.

I headed south towards Venice Beach. When I got to the boardwalk I regretted not going there earlier and spending more time there. There was a ton of activity. Skaters in the skate park, volleyball on the beach, merchants everywhere selling art, shirts and whatever else. My favorite was the street performers below. They put on a good show, but then they also spent a lot of time asking for money. 

I thought it was so cool that I was on Ocean Avenue from the song.

After the show I was in a rush because I had purchased tickets to the Comedy Store again and the show was at 8:30. I took a quick on the beach and got an Uber which took some time.

The comedy show was funny. About the same as the show I saw the night prior. What caused me to go back was that David Spade and Joe Rogan were in this show. Joe Rogan was pretty good, but I expected David Spade to be funnier than he was.

As the show was wrapping up I got really tired again so I headed out to a nearby IHOP. I hadn’t eaten since 10a that morning so I was hungry. I checked my Greyhound app to learn that my 12:35a bus was an hour late. Blah.

I took another Uber to the Greyhound station and got lectured on proper Uber etiquette and how not to get robbed. When I walked into the Greyhound station I was shocked at how normal the people were. I was kind of expecting it to be the worse yet, but there were very few sketchy-looking people.

The bus ride to Fresno was fine. The problem is I missed my connection to head towards Yosemite so I had to pick up another bus that was later.