Labor Day @ Yosemite
Our holiday weekend was a blast. On Saturday, we spent quality time with family at my younger brother's house, while barbequing with dad, my aunt (who was visiting from LA with my grandma's sis and second cousins), my cute niece and sis-in-law. Al and I went quickly to Island Pacific in Fremont to buy some pork ribs, korean barbeque, and side pork (liempo) before going to Jep's, after buying some sweet corn from the small farm near our place. Anyway, after the bbq, we headed home since we had to wake up early in the morning for our tour to Yosemite and Sequoia.
We woke up around 4:30 am to prepare for the trip and excitedly headed up to Pleasanton BART station for tour pick-up. We kinda felt out of place in the beginning since most of the passengers were tourists from different countries. But I thought it was a better way to get to Yosemite National Park since we wanted to relax for a change (instead of driving ourselves there), and experience a fully narrated tour of the sights and cities on the way. Besides, the some people were young, cool and hip anyway. I discovered that along the roads to Yosemite, you would find the Gallo winery. Like a little child, I was amazed to see corn fields everywhere! It was also interesting to hear some historical info as well, such as how Modesto and Yosemite got it's name, etc. As soon as we got to Yosemite, we were awestruck by the views since they were simply majestic! No wonder John Muir and Ansel Adams fell in love with it! Among the highlights of the trip was checking out a small Ansel Adams Gallery, one of Al's favorite photographers (and one of the reasons he likes going to SF MOMA, hehe). So I'm sure you predicted that we left the gallery with at least something, such as a postcard, haha! I also hiked a long trail to the Giant Sequoias (if you knew me, you'd give me credit for that, hehe) and I was happy I mande it back. It was very good exercise though and I loved the awesome views anyway, with different trees, boulders, mountains, flora, and fauna. My favorite was seeing the falls which were just a magnificent view in itself. I was amused to watch Al's attempt in rock climbing. I wish I saw some wildlife too (the closest I got was seeing squirrels run around underneath me while I eat lunch). Sorry, no bears, hehe. Check out our pics below to kinda understand the beauty of Yosemite -
Al by Hanging Valley and attempting to be near Bridalveil Falls.
Majestic views of Half Dome and El Capitan behind us!
The Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite Valley and Half Dome.
After a very long hike, we finally made it here!
Look at how tiny Al is by the Giant Sequoia Redwoods!
Al by the "Fallen Giant" and holding huge pine cones.