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Travel and Write: Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park campgrounds in Yosemite Village

Nestled in an accessible location close to major hotspot travel destinations like Lake Tahoe and San Francisco, Yosemite National Park hails itself as a multi-use, evergreen destination for avid hikers, backpackers, campers, rock-climbers, nature-lovers and explorers on the west coast. As an avid hiker-explorer, I went deep into Yosemite Valley on a 5-day excursion through Tioga Road, Tuolumne Meadows, Half Dome Village and Yosemite Valley.

We began northbound on the Tahoe-Yosemite Loop through Mono Lake near the entrance of Yosemite.

On our way through the granite valley, we stopped at the famous Whoa Nellie Deli at the Tioga Mobile Gas Station just before the Yosemite Park Entrance and gobbled down their Grilled Veggie Sandwich — with

portobello mushrooms, eggplant, zucchini, squash and mozzarella — before catching the last of France and Belgium dueling for a chance to compete in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final (Vive France!). We then descended 2 hours into the Valley by way of Nevada via the Tioga Pass Entrance, the only eastern entrance of Yosemite’s five scenic routes.