Car Camping in Crane Flat Yosemite

8:11 p.m. on May 28, 2014 (EDT)
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Braved the crowds this Memorial Weekend and went car camping at Crane Flat in Yosemite on the eve 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act.  This was a special trip as it was my girlfriend's first time to Yosemite, as well as our second time camping together.  I tried to play the role of "tour guide" as best as I could, as we spent the day in the valley with thousands of our newest friends.

We were able to get reservations on this busy weekend in Crane Flat where we made camp:


The next morning, we got an early start an made our way to the valley.  Of course, I had to take the obligatory shot of Half Dome:


After a breakfast at Curry Village (Biscuits and Gravy is only 3 bucks!) we walked over to the trailhead on our way up Mist Trail to Vernal Falls.

Here's a flick (taken by my buddy Ryan) of my girlfriend and I (in the center of the frame) as we made our way up:

The mist from Vernal Falls provided great relief from the heat:



We made our way to the top of Vernal Falls and enjoyed the views:


We continued our way towards the junction of the trail that heads back into the valley and were treated to views of Nevada

As we arrived back down to the valley, we grabbed our bikes and rode around the paved pathways.  We rode over to Yosemite Falls and later back to Curry Village:


The next day, we headed towards Tioga Pass to take the scenic route through 395 back to Los Angeles.  We made several pitstops, including Tenaya Lake:



It was definitely crowded and no real moments of solitude, but boy was this a special trip.  This was the second time my girlfriend and I have gone camping since our last trip in Wisconsin.  The best part about it was that she loved it!  All of her previous trepidations of the outdoors were dispelled after this trip.  Hopefully, it'll be the start of much more trips to come!

11:10 p.m. on May 28, 2014 (EDT)
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Alright. This post had me at "$3 biscuits 'n gravy."

Stupid nice views, dude. 

Dig those waterfalls, too! My gal surprised me and came to visit when I was on a gig in North Carolina - wasn't a proper day down there unless we took a trip to a waterfall.

From one guy gettin' his gal out (on a holiday weekend, no less) to another - nice report, Macchio.

You're a reliable guy for postin' cool shots!

7:32 a.m. on May 29, 2014 (EDT)
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I agree with Eric, outstanding photos Danny!

8:13 a.m. on May 29, 2014 (EDT)
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Great post. Especially love the shot from Tenaya Lake. 

Every time I see photos like these from Yosemite I'm reminded how stupid I was for having the chance to visit for a day (for free!) in 2012 and I turned it down. I thought it wasn't worth it since it was only a day trip. 

Thanks for reminding me how dumb that decision was! Someday I'll get there.

4:19 p.m. on May 29, 2014 (EDT)
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Thanks for the nice comments guys!  Gonna try to do Alta Peak Trail in Sequoia on Jun 20-22.  I'll post a trip report after!

7:10 a.m. on June 3, 2014 (EDT)
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Wow, such a beautiful area; thanks for sharing your photos. 

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