USA – Yosemite National Park in the summer… (1)

This posting is on my trip to one of the famous national park in USA; Yosemite National Park when I was in San Francisco. If you have missed my earlier posting series on San Francisco and Lake Tahoe, you can just click here; USA – San Francisco Bay Area on a Self bicycle tour & USA – A day drive to Lake Tahoe, California

Yosemite National Park is spanning eastern portions of Mariposa, Tuolumne and Madera counties in the central eastern portion of the state of California. The park covers an area of 3,080.74 km2 and reaches across the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain chain. The park is internationally recognized for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, Giant Sequoia groves, and biological diversity. Yosemite was designated a World Heritage Site in 1984.

We left early in the morning to Yosemite. It was summer time which was the busiest time as lot of tourist and locals will heading there for their summer holiday. The drive there took us about 4 to 5 hours.

My breakfast along the way at one the stop as cafe along the highway (cant remember the name though but I remembered the food well. LOL!!) . Looks yummy and it was also my 1st typical American breakfast; bacons, scrambled eggs, potatoes fried with paprika and toast. (yum yum!!)

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Along the way, we saw this shop that offered sightseeing tours in Yosemite National Park. Cute jeep though. =)

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Entering the Yosemite National Park, we were greeted by the Wawona Hotel. It is one of the oldest mountain resort hotels in California, with a classic of Victorian era resort design. Built in 1876 to serve tourists visiting the nearby Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

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A magnificent view on the way up to Glacier Point to view Half Dome.

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Half Dome is a granite dome in Yosemite National Park, located in northeastern Mariposa County, California, at the eastern end of Yosemite Valley. It is possibly Yosemite’s most familiar rock formation. The granite crest rises more than 1,444 m above the valley floor.

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A photo from high point looking down to the valley.

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Like what you see? Well, if you do follow me on my summer trail in Yosemite National Park.

USA – A day drive to Lake Tahoe, California (2)

Moving around Lake Tahoe, our next stop was the Emerald Bay State Park – Vikingsholm.

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..with its beautiful view up as our stop.
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Driving further down Emerald Rd, we headed to Rubicon Bay.
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Views from higher ground.
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Lodge along the way.

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Another spectacular view.

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As this area is famous bear area… you could see the ‘bears’ could not resist climbing around this lodge. lol!!

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That’s it for this trip here. Wanna see more? Then…. keep following me. =)

USA – A day drive to Lake Tahoe, California (1)

Today.. we took a drive out. For me, it was day rest from cycling (excuses only LOL!!) The journey took us about 4 hrs; a slow and scenic view.

Brief intro of Lake Tahoe. It is the large freshwater lake in Sierra Nevada and the largest alpine lake in North America, with a surface elevation of 1,897m . Located along the border between California and Nevada, west of Carson City. Its depth is 501 m, making it the second-deepest in the United States and is listed as the 26th largest lake by volume in the world at 150.68249 km3.

View along the way to Lake Tahoe.

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The place was dominated by a mixed conifer forest….

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Reaching at Lake Tahoe… it was more of a tourist attraction place in both Nevada and California. It has a number of ski resorts, summer outdoor recreation, and tourist attractions. The time I went was summer so no snow but just lots of sun. Close by was also lots of casinos but at the Nevada side which we did not head there.

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Ducks baking in the sun.

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Clear blue sky over Lake Tahoe.

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As the lake perimeter was huge, we took a drive along its perimeter.

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One of our stops was the Inspiration Point Vista (good place to come to get new ideas. HAHA!!)

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To be continued…….

USA – San Francisco Bay Area on a Self bicycle tour (2)

Continuation on my cycling trip at the bay area. From the pier 39 to the base of Golden Gate Bridge was a nice 6.7km ride along the coastal bike lane. Beautiful sight and flat easy right (for that moment. LOL!!)

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but…if anyone who had gone to San Francisco, they will know that they are famous for their hills.

Lombard Street is an east–west street in San Francisco, California; famous for having a steep, one-block section that consists of eight tight hairpin turns. Nope.. I did not (even) try cycling down this!! haha….

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Along the way, I stopped at the museum on a hill. It was the Cable Car Museum.

The Cable Car Museum is a free museum in the Nob Hill neighborhood of San Francisco, California.Located in the historic Washington/Mason cable car barn and powerhouse, the museum deck overlooks the huge engines and winding wheels that pull the cables. Lots of history on the cable car in San Francisco.

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Wow!! Imagine cycling up this road. I did it but only like for a very short distance. Even pushing my bike was a heavy task. Lol!! Coming down was another thing but better be sure the bicycle brakes are working well else…..

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The Transamerica Pyramid is the tallest building in San Francisco.

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This was where the cable car will make a turn before heading back. You heard me correctly; a 180 degree turn. I stayed and watch the whole process. Very interesting.

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Cute little cars for rent.
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Along the way, I stopped by this little cute bakery shop and also it sells other stuff too.

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San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge – heading back to Caltrain station.

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Caltrain back home to San Jose.

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Well… that’s it for my bicycle day trip. Wanna know where is the next place I am visiting in California? If yes, then follow me on my next posting. =)