Having booked our accommodation in Yosemite before we left the UK it’s fair to say that we had pretty high expectations – we were not disappointed! We overheard (impossible not to really) an American say ‘It’s good to wake up in God’s own country’ and, religious or not, the sentiment was clear. It’s breathtaking.
Once you get on the trails there is real peace. Sometimes we met other hikers, often we didn’t. At times the solitude was pretty scary.
We frequently saw animal tracks in the snow, sometimes big enough to be a black bears but more often coyotes. At one point on the Valley Floor trail we walked around a corner into a group of Mule Deer which when you’re expecting bears was pretty frightening. On every trail there are signs telling you how to scare off mountain lions and bears – I assure you this doesn’t help your nerves! We thought we’d struggle trying to make ourselves appear bigger so we opted for making noise by making Noah recite his times tables. It shattered the peace but at least he did some maths and we didn’t get eaten!