Sunday, September 9, 2012

Yosemite: Day 2: Biking around Yosemite Valley

In my opinion, biking around Yosemite Valley is the way to go. There is often a lot of traffic, large buses, and huge (many rental) RV's driving around, making for lots of congestion and lots of wasted time for you. Also, parking is very scarce, and almost impossible for rv's. There are very nice, paved bike paths all around the park. Just make sure you don't ride on trails or dirt paths, as they will ticket you!

There are so many beautiful views, you can easily stop your bike for a fantastic photo whenever you like. Here are some of the photos I took during our ride:

You might even run into a cowgirl...
...who says "howdy" to your horse-loving girls, absolutely making their day!

I loved riding through the forests, watching the sunlight filter through the leaves. You forget you're on a paved path, and just soak in the beauty of the nature surrounding you. 
The trails meander through the woods, and meadows. Very easy rides with spectacular views.

You will stop time and time again to snap photos, or enjoy the scenery. 

We paused to watch this little doe have a morning walk in the river

We rode from our campground (North Pines) past Curry Village, to Yosemite Village. There was a very nice visitor center, and little museum to explore. The Ansel Adams Gallery in the Village was beautiful, and we visited several times. There is also a grocery store in Yosemite Village with a wonderful selection of produce, fresh food, and souvenirs too. Deg deli had breakfast sandwiches, biscuits & gravy, lunch sandwiches, coffee & even some groceries. The food was just average (in my opinion) but hey, when you're camping and don't have to cook or wash dishes, average becomes fantastic!

Make sure you bring a bike lock with you, so you can keep your bike safe while you shop & explore. If you are an early riser, you will be rewarded by beautiful, and much less crowded rides.

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