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as an A to B drive turns into the most breathtakingly scenic passage – dare I say it, even more so than the Big Sur. We stop at Caples Lake and I can’t help but investigate what looks like white foam floating on the surface. Upon closer inspection I realise its ice and I’m somewhat confused to be standing in shorts and a t-shirt next to a lake that has blocks of frozen water floating across the surface! When we reach Sonora it feels as if we’ve stepped back in time to the days of the Wild West. The Sonora Inn, just an hour from Yosemite National Park, has the charm of days gone by and I half expect to encounter a cowboy in the corridor as he saunters to the very real saloon across the road. Yosemite National Park has been on my bucket list since I first heard about the giant sequoia trees that have been rooted here for thousands of years. While Mariposa Grove is the largest and most popular in the park - home to characters such as the Grizzly Giant, the Faithful Couple and The Bachelor and Three Graces - Tuolume Grove, near the west edge of the park, offers just as impressive trunks but is generally less busy so you can enjoy these majestic giants without the crowds. Aside from the trees, the park offers visitors a natural oasis of scenic hikes, towering waterfalls and sheer cliff edges, most recently highlighted in the National Geographic documentary film Free Solo. which follows rock climber Alex Honnold on his quest to perform a climb of El Capitan without ropes – it’s not easy watching. The view from the top of Glacier Point certainly commands your attention. With panoramic vistas of the park, it’s worth the half-hour drive to get to. The drama of Half Dome, with its distinct stone face looming and the pounding Yosemite Falls, leaves me questioning if they are actually real. It’s a view that no camera can do justice to. As we leave the park, which takes a solid hour due to the sheer size of it, I feel naive that I’ve tried to ‘do’ Yosemite in two days and find myself determined to return for a dedicated week-long camping trip. But before we reach the exit, something catches my eye in one of the meadows. Sure enough, it’s a grizzly bear, chomping away at the grass, undeterred by the audience that it has now attracted. It may not be as impressive as Mike’s story, but I’m just chuffed to have enjoyed and survived my own bear encounter. •

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