Day 19 - Thr 27 April 06
The alarm went off at 06:00, but I switched it off and slept on until 07:30. A good nights sleep, but yesterday was quite a day. Headed into Oakhurst where I found a supermarket for breakfast and other supplies. Then it was into Yosemite. As I was driving in it was quite cloudy, so I was a bit worried that I might not see too much.
I need not have worried, as I climbed into the park the sun burnt off the mist and it turned into a beautiful cloudless day. The park is amazing, there are so many views, and tall waterfalls. This place knocks the Grand Canyon into a cocked hat. All too soon I had to leave, but even as I drove out of the park I had to stop many times to take photos. Wow is the only word to describe this place.
Now I've got a long old drive to get to Sacramento (about 4hrs). By pure luck I get off the Interstate at the point on the map that I printed out before I left the UK. I decided to try and stay in the centre of town and drop the rental car off a day early. So I rang the Delta King and booked a room, filled the car with petrol, and headed for Avis. The rental people dropped me off right by the hotel (it would have been way too far to walk).
Old Sacramento is right by the river, and as soon as you drive under the three lane raised interstate you go back in time by about 200 years. Even the roads are cobbled. I opted for a view of the city from my hotel room, which is an old paddle steamer moored on the river! After a quick shower I had a wander around old Sacramento. It's full of interesting shops housed in old "Wild West" type properties. Replace the cars with horses and I doubt if you could tell which century you were in.
Yosemite and Old Sacramento are definitely high lights of the trip. It appears that the river here is very high for this time of year and there is a threat of flooding. If that's the case then Old Sacramento is right in the front line.
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