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Due to the time delay we had to cancel the hot creeks of Mammoth Lakes and the Mono Lake because we did not want to arrive too late at the Yosemite NP if we still wanted to get a camping site in the park. Fortunately, the Tioga Pass was open. That saved us a long detour. The way across the pass was not very difficult. With some more time we also would have definitely stopped at the wonderful lakes which were situated on the left and on the right of the road. On our arrival at the Yosemite Village all campgrounds were unfortunately already full. However, we did not let us put off. Anke turned on all her charm and thus we still got a camping site for handicaped on the Wawona Campground, which is about 30 miles away from the Yosemite Village at the South Entrance. Since we were already in the Yosemite Village and many hiking trails begin here, we went on a hike then. After a short stop at the Visitor Center we started our hike along the Mist Trail to the Vernal and Nevada Fall at about 4 p.m. The trail was very steep and strenuous, but also very interesting and exciting. It leads directly past the thunderous Vernal Fall, so that you get totally wet by the spray of the water. We did not walk all the way up to the Nevada Fall. We only looked at it from the Emerald Pools. The masses of water that fell down the rock were enormous. Due to the advanced time, we unfortunately had to go back because we did not want to arrive in the dark on the campground and we still had to drive quite a few miles. Since there was no wind and the charcoal was of very bad quality, we could not make a grill fire in the evening.
31st of May - Our campground was situated near the Mariposa Grove where giant trees, that are thousands of years old, can be admired. That was our first sight of interest of the day. You should take the free shuttle from Wawona to Mariposa Grove because motorhomes which are longer than seven meters are not allowed to park at the Grove. The parking space there is very limited anyway. You can go on a guided tour by shuttle through the Mariposa Grove. It leads you to the most beautiful trees and takes one hour. Since the tour costs $11 per person, we decided to walk to the Grizzly Giant which is actually sufficient in order to get an impression of the Mariposa Grove.
Our next point of interest was the Glacier Point, which is located high above the valley and which offers a stunning view of the waterfalls, the Half Dome and further granite massifs of the Sierra Nevada. The last curves before the viewpoint are very difficult to drive. The road is not easy for not very experienced drivers. Being back in the Yosemite Village, we had a look at the Bridalveil Fall and the Yosemite Falls which are very easily accessible without long hikes.
At about 3 p.m. we left the park over innumerable serpentines. We would have liked to stay longer because the park had impressed us very much, but unfortunately we did not have more time. We wanted to spend the night near San Francisco because the campground in the city cost $46. From the CampBook of California we knew where we had to look for campgrounds. We wanted to camp near Tracy but the campground was very difficult to find. After we had asked innumerable people who could usually give us no information, we finally found the campground. It was situated in a complete isolated area, quite far away from the highway and completely deserted. Everything seemed to be closed. Here we definitely did not want to spend the night. It was almost a bit creepy there. Meanwhile it had become dark. We drove back to the highway and to the next campground in Livermore. When we inquired about the campground in Livermore, we were told that it is situated 7 to 8 miles away from the town. We did not have the nerve to drive any further and inquired about alternatives, but noone could help us. Ronny was completely bushed. Meanwhile we did not have any nerves anymore. From the highway we had discovered a Wal Mart where we drove to. In travel guides we had read that you can stay overnight on a parking lot of Wal Mart. We did that then and we were not the only ones. We were so tired that the noise of the highway did not bother us at all.