We couldn’t get a car as they were all booked out for the holidays so Christmas was looking a little bleak. But, in the end, it turned out to be rather lovely.
We discovered Grocery Outlet and bought salmon, vegetables, panettone and a bottle of wine. After a late breakfast Christmas Day we went to the cinema to see Wild, about a woman trekking the Sierra Nevada. Then we went home to open the presents Heather had given us, Skype a few family members and eat our dinner, along with the usual Christmas treats of choccies etc. Very laid back, relaxed and simple.
Boxing Day and we still couldn’t get a car so we went to the Merced Court House museum. This is a beautiful building and gave us a good insight into the early residents of this area including American Indians and Mexicans who settled here before California became part of America. We also got an understanding of the hardships of the first modern American pioneers and settlers making their way over the Sierra Nevada. On the way home we went to the Branding Iron Steak House and had . . . steak!
Today we got up at 6 and caught a bus to Yosemite for a steep uphill 3 mile hike to the Yosemite Falls. It seemed very recognisable from numerous Westerns, including Django Unchained. Blue skies, sun, snow topped mountains, ice and giant sequoia trees. Quite stunning!
We’ve also been planning our mini road trip down the Pacific coast, which will now start on Monday.