Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Yosemite

If you've been paying any attention to this blog, my Twitter feed or my Instagram account you'll know that I'm pretty focused on seeing as much of the world as I can. My life appears to be a constant cycle of travel, home, travel, home... which is, for now, exactly how Nick & I are juggling our wanderlust with our lives in Brighton. Life hasn't always been like this though, as a teenager I wanted nothing more than to take a gap year but after getting thrown out of home at 17 I spent the time when my closest friends were backpacking around South America and teaching in Uganda working a series of shitty, underpaid jobs to pay rent. That and getting drunk all the time. Fun, right? Nope.

Top of my gap-year-dream-trip list was California and heading up my California list, alongside the pacific coast highway, sandy beaches and Hollywood was Yosemite. Finally late last year I made it to Yosemite...right at the beginning of the government shut down. How's that for good luck? 

Nick and I literally arrived at the lodge we were staying in two freaking hours before the shutdown was announced. Yeah, I totally cried. But we were pretty damn determined to make the most of our time and went to sleep assuming that as we had 48 hours to vacate the park we'd still be able to rent bicycles, hike trails and do all of the outdoorsy stuff we'd planned just in a much shorter time frame. 

That's not actually how a shut down works though... almost everything had shut up shop by the time we woke up bright and early the next day. We jumped into the car and headed for one of the trails I was most excited about, Tenaya Lake. Despite being a city dweller I'm happiest when I'm surrounded by nature. Trees, check. Mountains, check. Lake, check. This was a perfect morning



We were super lucky to sneak in there before the car park was roped off, we saw one, maybe two other people the whole time we were there and when we got back to our car rangers were already moving people on. We tried our luck at a couple more trails, going as far as to try to hide so that we could sneak onto one once the ranger had left, with no luck - turns out we're a little conspicuous! The rest of our drive around Yosemite was met with more and more of this. Yellow tape everywhere.


Before our trip we did a little research into vegan eats in Yosemite and were satisfied that we didn't need to stuff our backpacks full of food but we were surprised at the sheer amount of vegan options at every store we went to. The Village Store had the most options and we spotted hummus,


Toffuti cream cheese and sour cream,



Earth balance,


Tofurky slices,


Clif bars,


Newman O's,


Mc Dougall's noodle soups,


Amy's non-dairy burritos,


Ready meals,



and even ice cream sandwiches!


Everything was pretty pricy but Yosemite might just be more vegan friendly than a lot of UK towns!


I feel like I have some unfinished business where Yosemite's concerned and I'll most definitely be heading back to California to try again. One day I'd love to plan a trip to Yosemite, Big Sur & Sequoia in a little RV. Something awesome came out of the government ruining my Yosemite fun though, I got to head back to Santa Cruz to spend more time with my friend Amey which was so, so fun! More on that next time peeps!

19 comments:

  1. Such a shame you happened to go during the shut down! It looks like you had some pretty beautiful experiences anyway though.

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    1. I know! Such bad timing! We did have some amazing experiences anyway and I always try to find the positives like getting to spend more time in Santa Cruz.

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  2. We had an English teacher from the US who would always get super annoyed if we pronounced Yosemite wrong. So we did it all the time just to annoy him. But it also stuck with me and he told us so much about it that I always wanted to go there, too. I am also super bummed for you that the shut down happened. I would have been so mad.

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    1. I hope you get to go there one day, it really is beautiful.

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  3. I am still so sad for you that your Yosemite adventure was such a bust. I'm glad you got to see Tenaya Lake though ... it's such a special place. Maybe we could go to Yosemite together sometime?? Every time I go, it feels the same, and it feels different. Nature is so cool that way... ever changing and ever-constant. Also, the food at Yosemite is so expensive because everything has to get trucked in from far away, and also because they know they can get away with it.

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    1. I would LOVE to go to Yosemite together one day Amey! It would be so much fun!

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  4. Ah man, that blows! Sorry about our stupid Congress.

    On another note, should you ever get the travel bug to come to Memphis, we must hang out!

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    1. I'm sure I'll swing by Memphis one day & I'd love to hang out!

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  5. That's so sad that you finally made it to Yosemite and it fell exactly in line with the government shutdown! I remember Amey's doodles from your time together in Santa Cruz, though. It looked like a magical visit!

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    1. It really was! I have Amey's doodle as my desktop background!

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  6. Republicans ruin everything!!!

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  7. Maybe you can sue the government for ruining your vacation? They deserve it. Gorgeous shots.

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  8. i do not not travel much, i have yet to even go to yosemite! at least you tried right?

    also the prices for the products pictured is pretty average - if not cheap for some items at at small store! health food stores usually hike prices up here.

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  9. Can i share one of my biggest heartbreaks? (ok not quite, this shouldnt even be on the list...) I first has sabre aboard... So excited to see it in the UK! never liked homemade hummus (mine or others), however then found funded israel so ignored - sure i dont need to go into issues with that So sorry to break it too you! i am one day going to list there ingredients and try to recreate it, Israel will not get in the way of my fab hummus!

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  10. Ugh I remember when you were there during the shutdown! Stupid Amerikur! Glad it was still a nice trip :)

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  11. That's such a shame that you couldn't explore more! You're right about the shops in the area - better than 90% of the shops in the UK.

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