Heading out of San Francisco towards Yosemite we had booked two nights at a beautiful farm in Mariposa. Well, that didn't happen... But Yosemite did as planned and we got a funny detour to Oakdale and cute Jamestown.
We drove of from SF and to get some nice views on the way we went to Oakdale and then towards Coulterville. Just before Oakdale we got the call that due to a wildfire around Mariposa we couldn't stay at the farm. We decided to head for Mariposa to find a motel there. But as we arrived the funny little village of Coulterville the road ahead was closed and we were told that the whole of Mariposa was evacuated. It was then we realized that this fire was big. At this moment more than 150 km2 has burnt down! So back again we went to Oakdale and a motel for the night. Oakdale wasn't much and we had a looong day....
The next day we got up very early to drive the 2,5 hours to Yosemite. You have to be early to get parking this time of year. Yosemite was just as beautiful as we had imagined and more! We hiked the Mist trail. Amazing waterfall views! Very crowded the first part, but to the top of Nevada falls it was ok. Stopping plenty of times to take photos the round trip took us 5-6 hours. Totally reccommend it! And driving or just walking around areas of the park gives you plenty of beauty to look at as well.
The day before we just pointed the map around Yosemite and ended up booking a night in Jamestown. That was not at all what we expected. This was the cutest little town with funny shops, historic design and a beautiful historic hotel - Royal Carriage Inn. The only open restaurant Willow, served local beer, good food and looked like something from the 1800th century. Jamestown also had about 10 antique shops. Even though we missed out on a ranch stay I'm sure glad we got to experience Jamestown!
After Yosemite our next stay was booked in Bishop so the next drive was over the beautiful Tioga pass. We did actually want to spend more time in Yosemite that day, but when we got there the whole park was covered in smoke from the wildfire. So we spent some more time at the Tioga pass and also experienced a beautiful scenery from Lee Vining to Bishop.
More to come!
The hotel in Jamestown