Thursday, September 15, 2005

Unforgettable Yosemite Trip

It was great utilzation of long weekend. Well i can say it was really labor. Labor to drive and drop everyone, pick everyone , arrange stuff and so on.

Nevertheless, it was one of the great trip I had in recent times. It all started with picking up friends from airport. Since Ashu was coming to Sacramento which is 2 hr drive from Reno, i had to go there to pick him and that was really a big pain. Thankfully my friend Rahul, was here who picked other friends of mine who came from LA. My friends from Salt Lake City had arrived first followed by Vinay and Vivek from LA. Then at last Samir and Vivek (Shinde) reached at my place around 12. Except Samir rest of them decided to go for casino hopping. Samir was tired and dramatic as usuau :) I got little lost in Sacramento while finding airport and finally reached there and picked Ashu who was also tired and worn out by the flight from Baltimore.

I arrived at 1:30 and after eating some bite at home, i waited for Vinay's call to pick him and bring them back. By the time I brought them back, my salt lake city friend were back and slept already. It as 4:00 am and we all crashed, deciding what we will do on saturday.

We started late from my home for Lake tahoe and finally reached there at about 2:00. Then we all had mexican lunch and again went for couple of beaches in lake tahoe. During long weekend all the beaches are jam packed and you got to see all the beautiful things.

Then we started for yosemite around 5:30 and after long drive of 5-6 hrs crossing the Tioga pass we reached to our destination. We had rented a camp, and it was really great not it the sense of comfort level as we get in 5 start hotel, but it was awesome camp. We had booked 2 camps and each of them had 3 beds. Interestingly at the reception we have been shown video of bear in Yosemite and their hunger for food. Bear usually come to your camp, car or say anywhere where they can smell food and devour eat. We had food with us to eat there and after seeing bear's video some of us were really scared as all the neighbouring camps very dark as it was already 11:30 and people were sleeping. But we managed to eat food without sharing it bear. After 9:00 you don't get woods from the mananged otherwise we could had lighted fire and sat for a while. Well then we decided to sleep and see yosemite's point next day. Samir, Vinay and Vivek S decided to sleep togather and me , Ashu and Vivek G were in other camp. That was good because i didn't thought that Samir can be that much of a trouble in night, he was damn scared by the thought of bear that he was constantly nagging Vinay and Vivek S for water, cold, etc.

Next morning we got early and few of us had shower there and all of us had morning procedure followed by a breakfast. Then we stared our way to small falls which was smal water fall where u can go very near. It was good hike and place was full of boulders, so reaching to the fall was really fun. Me and ashu had a shower in the fall and Samir and Vivek S had their hands wet with the water. It was really great experience, taking shower under water fall.

After small fall we started our way to Glacier point in Yosemite, it was at 8000 ft altitude and the view from there was really spectacular. While coming back we have gone to big tree site where the trunk of the trees were almost 10-15 feets. After doing this we all had a food and started our way back to Samir's place. We reached at this place at about 11 and all of us were damn tired to do anything.

Then last day was reserved for Samir's move to new apartment and Vinay, Ashu and Vivek G will go to Alcatraz and other SFO sites. They didn't got alcatraz ticket as it was full by the visitors on long weekend. Then did cruise in the bay under the Golden gate. Samir, me and Vivek S helped Samir to move all his crap to the new apartment. Finally we met the group in SFO at around 3:30 and had a delicious Indian food at the market street in SFO.

We passes some time in SFO downtown and then decided to wrap up this trip. Samir was about to drop Vinay who had a flight at 8:00 PM and I was about to drop Ashu at Sacramento who had a flight time at 8:52. I drove like crazy in 90-100's and was able to drop Ashu on time i.e. 8:30 when i dropped him I got a call from Vinay saying he missed his flight by 2 minutes. But since he and Vivek G had to go to Los Angeles only they were able to get the next flight early in the morning. They stayed at Vivek's place during night. I dropped Ashu and had a coffee in the service area and started my drive back to Reno which was very boring and tiring. I reache to my place at around 11:10 and had to clean the rental car before returning it.

Thanks to my friend Aditya (from Reno) who came to pick me at the airport. Finally the day and the unforgettable Yosemite trip ended with me crashing after reaching home and having some food.

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