STOP 2: Yosemite

After visiting the beautiful city of San Francisco (go check: STOP 1: San Francisco ) and did about 300km of driving, my family and I arrived in the National Park of Yosemite. We spent two amazing days there, full of nature and gorgeous landscape.

We choose to stay outside of the Yosemite park in a small hotel, but you can definitely camp in defined areas inside the National Park (be aware of bears though). We also visited the park during two days but because it’s huge you can definitely spend a lot more time there. The other important (and practical) point about Yosemite is that you should have a car to travel around it. When you are inside the Valley it’s better to use the shuttle bus, but outside of the valley, you can’t move without a car.

The thing that I was surprised about Yosemite was the changing landscape and vegetation depending on different locations. You can go from waterfall and lakes to rocky and dry area. It’s absolutely stunning! The first vista point we stopped to see was the famous “tunnel view”  (if you enter by the South entrance). It was the first impression we had on Yosemite after seeing a lof of pins. You can see the top of the valley of Yosemite. It can’t be described. You have huge mountains all around you and the valley at the bottom. A great entrance into this beautiful park.

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FullSizeRender.jpgOur next stop was the Yosemite’s valley where we spent the day. From the valley there is a lot of hiking and trail starts to see more beautiful places. As mentioned before you can go to one point to another through the shuttle bus. We did some small and easy trails that the staff proposed us. It was really pleasant and good to be in the nature. We saw two waterfalls (which were almost dried because it was the summer) but still good. The place wasn’t crowded so you can really enjoy your time.
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The most beautiful part in my opinion was the valley view. There was a great stretch of grass, mountains all around it and beautiful lakes crossing it. A real magic place! We picnicked there and it was the ideal spot.

To end our day, after visiting other spot like the mirror lake, we decided to go see the sunset at the Glacier point. The view was again really beautiful but the sunset wasn’t amazing. This is what’s happening with nature, we can’t control it!

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For our last day in Yosemite we mooved from the valley to see another face of Yosemite. We stopped a lot on our road to see several vista points but two of them were really beautiful. The first one was the Olmsted Point. This place was out of the wolrd. After walking for about 10 minutes you are the master of the world, on the top of it. Seeing a rocky Yosemite, an endless Yosemite.

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The other point we loved was the Tenaya lake. To be honest I think it’s one of the most beautiful water I never saw in my life. The mountain and trees around it made the lake even more beautiful. Even if the water is amazing is extremely freezing (even in summer) so if you want to swimm in: be brave!

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After seing these different spots and others (such as the meadows) around Yosemite we drove until our next destination: STOP 3: Lakes discovered along the road trip

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The remote wilderness of Pohang

Pohang is not a very big city in Korea but is really spread. It means that outside of the city center there are some places, for most of them, not well known, but which worth a short visit.

Some of my friends and I decided to go out of the city center to discover deeply Pohang by visiting the Bogyeoungsa temple and its waterfalls. To do so, we caught the bus n°510 which we also called the ghost bus because the bus stop is not written anywhere and nobody knew about it. Anyway ! After catching the ghost bus and had a 2 hours ride we finally arrived at the Bogyeoungsa temple. The place in itself doesn’t seem that it’s in Pohang and because it’s far away from the city it seems that you discovered a totally different place.

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Between the bus stop and the temple, we crossed a street full of restaurants and small shops. For some of the restaurants, old ladies are making some dough in front of people. This dough is then used in the meals served by restaurants to make some noodles or ravioli.

The temple itself is interesting and I was surprised by its beauty. I wasn’t expected that much in an area like this one. The gates of the temple are surrounded by trees which is really enjoyable. The temple is full of color and is typically Korean. Moreover, because of the location, the temple is not crowded and you can really enjoy it.

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The temple is divided into different areas. First, there is the main one where people go and pray. Around it, colorful lanterns are hanging in the sky. Behind the main temple, there are some small houses with different Buddhas inside .

The particularity of the place is that the Buddhas all have a mustache… I still don’t know why but it’s kind of funny. Moreover, behind these small houses, we found lots of miniature buddhas, really cute.

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After spending some time in the temple we decided to go to the waterfalls which are in the same area. The way to go there is at first really easy because the road is tarred. Then you’ll begin to walk on small rocks, cross bridges and climbed the mountain little by little.

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While you are walking, on your left side there is the river which is really pretty and everyone is doing some breaks near it. Some people even brought some food and picnicked there. After 1,5 hour of walking, we finally arrived at one of the waterfalls . Yes, I say one of the waterfalls because there is 12 of them on this road. The most impressive one is of course the last one. However, I haven’t been there because my friends and I were not prepared for a 5 hours hike. We decided to stop at the one that you can see on the bottom picture (waterfall n°3) which was still really beautiful .

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At the end of the day, the trip was really worth it, discovering another face of Pohang was really interesting and full of fresh air.