Travel: Road Trip Part 2

Hey there! So I left you in Monterey...

Day 5: Monterey to Yosemite

(188.3 miles - 4 hours 20 mins)
Oh god, what a ridiculously long drive. Of course, I slept most of the way. A quick stop on route for some food and the only place around is Taco Bell- shudder. A little nibble, a slip of drink and back on the road. Progressively, the scenery became more and more green with less and less around. There are beautiful valleys and rock formations but not much else. We pulled up at Evergreen Lodge and it's like something out of a movie. A proper wooden lodge with a wrap around porch and people sitting on tree stumps. There was a wedding that evening so there were loads of really glam people around which looked so out of place but kind of chic too- like a Vogue shoot entitled "Fabulous in the Forrest" or something. After dinner we went for star gazing on one of the "rock decks". It was unreal. The stars were like a million diamonds in the sky and because of the lack of pollution, they were crystal clear. It was such an amazing experience. 

Day 6: Yosemite (said "Yo-sem-ity)
Up at the crack of dawn, eurgh! Quick breakie and off to the "Rec Lodge" for our hike. Uh huh, no one told me there would be hiking so I wore denim short shorts and converse...with my Mulberry bag! Completely inappropriate for the day's activities. Our group consisted of our guide, Sarah, the four of us and another guy, George who was there alone. I'm not sure if he was actually called George but that's what we called him because he looked like George Takei from Star Trek. 
Yosemite is SO beautiful. We went to the Overlook and Sarah told us stories about the first people to live there and ancient tribes. Some of it was a bit far-fetched and hocus pocus like but it didn't take away from the unbelievable beauty of the place. We went to Half Dome which is a rock not shaped like a dome at all and marveled at that for a bit. Then we hiked up another none-dome-like-but-called-dome rock. It was unreal. I preferred hiking because looking at all the rocks is nice but after a while you just think "I am looking at rocks that really,all look the same".

Day 7: Yosemite to Mammoth
( 40 miles - 1 hour)
Hardly a drive at all along the Tioga Pass and to the ski resort of Mammoth. It's funny to see a place that's usually covered in snow looking so colourful. We found our hotel- a condo (so American) and I have to say, I am in love with it! I want to go back just to stay in this gorgeous place again. Its a hotel but each room was an apartment with it's own kitchen, living room and balcony. Its so gorgeous! 
Out and about in Mammoth is lovely, it's so pretty. We walked around the village and then went for some shopping- my fave! All of the restaurants there are available on room service provided by the hotel. We ordered Chinese and sat on the balcony which was so peaceful and chilled, it was perfect. It was nice to unwind after the hiking in Yosemite and good to rest before exploring Mammoth tomorrow!

Day 8: Mammoth 
Breakfast by the lake, what more could a girl ask for? Leaving the lake and jumping onto the
gondola, we were atop of Mammoth Mountain in no time at all. It's so beautiful, so quiet and sunny. It's such a change from usual London life. People were BMXing from the top of the mountain down to the bottom which looked like a lot of fun. Everyone is so friendly, just striking up conversation and being really nice- it's so much nicer than England where everyone is pretty miserable most of the time. After posing and checking out the scenery, we came back down and went to have a look at the other lakes. To be honest- you've seen one, you've seen them all! They are beautiful but there isn't much to do other than take selfies and feel zen. We must have been there for a long time because before we knew it the sun was going down and we were headed back to our fabulous hotel/condo.

Day 9: Mammoth to Death Valley
Last part coming up soon, stay tuned!

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