California is filled with stunning landscapes, but Yosemite is one of the prized jewels. Gargantuan slabs of granite carved smooth by glaciers over eons of time. Massive cascading waterfalls plunging hundreds of feet. And endless beautiful meadows with the occasional hungry bear looking for lunch.
I’ve been visiting Yosemite since I was a kid and it has always held a special place in my heart. I’ve recently made it a goal to go camping there at least once a year. While Yosemite Valley has the highest concentrations of vistas and sights to see, Tuolumne Meadows is my favorite place to stay. About an hour or so drive east of the valley, it is a much quieter and tranquil area to camp and relax for a few nights without the hustle and bustle of the valley.
This last trip came about after I booked a couple campsites last spring for September. We arrived after staying one night at the hot springs in Mammoth Lakes and setup our camp. Our big hike for the trip was to Cathedral Dome, and it did not disappoint! Its a moderate hike in but the sights are worth every calorie burned. I can’t wait to get back up there this year!