Accommodations in or near Yosemite are hard to come by, so we ended up staying about 45-50 minutes away from Yosemite valley, in the nearest town with a tesla supercharger. We got to the Narrow Gauge Inn in Fish Camp the night before we planned to spend two days in Yosemite. This park is Tim's favorite, so we wanted to have plenty of time to explore. The Inn was very charming, with a bunch of little historical features and touches, including a 1950's fire engine parked in a garage out front. We drove in to the valley first thing the next morning to take in all the sights.
We went to Bridalveil Falls first, and water was just streaming down the walkways. With all the rain the west coast has been having, and the heavy winter snows, the waterfalls were intense and the river was high. We walked to Lower Yosemite Falls, walked around the meadow, explored Curry Village, gazed up at El Capitan and Half Dome, and spotted rock climbers while eating lunch.
We still had all afternoon, and the weather was beautiful, so I suggested we hike up far enough to view upper Yosemite Falls, only about a 3mi round trip.However, it was a lot steeper than I had bargained for, but Tim stayed positive and kept me going, until we got to the beautiful views at the top.
About 15 minutes after we started back down, we started to hear thunder, and the lightning wasn't far behind. We started hustling down the mountain at a much quicker rate than we climbed it, as the raindrops started, then got harder, then harder still. It was pouring pretty well by them time we were running across the parking lot, and about 3 minutes after we climbed into the car, it started to hail. The hail didn't last long, but I'm glad we got back to the safety of the car when we did.
Since it was our last night in the hotel, and I was feeling tired and sore and damp, Tim cheered me up by treating me to an early birthday dinner at our hotel. It has a charming little historic restaurant on site, and I had a delicious dinner, glass of wine, slice of cake, and an early night. This has been a great way to end my 30th year!
The following morning we checked out of the hotel, and got to the park nice and early to get in another hike. This time we took the Mist Trail up to Vernal Falls and the Emerald Pool, with a view of Nevada Falls. This was a much less punishing hike than the day before, with absolutely stunning views at the top (although its true to its name, and we got quite wet). Sadly I forgot my camera in the car, but Tim had his, so I'll have to grab those later, but it was beautiful. And Tim even managed to find me a rainbow for my birthday! By the time we hiked back down, the rain had started again. We drove up to Glacier Point to get one last misty view before leaving the valley,and we got on the road to Lake Tahoe.