Saturday, October 25, 2014 – I’ve been a Californian just about all my life and it took me this long to finally visit Yosemite National Park. It was a last minute daytrip so nothing was planned except for the fact that we wanted to go to Yosemite, so we booked a car the day before (renting a car or taking my car and then paying for a car wash would have cost the same), picked it up at 7:30 am (even though we had planned for 6:30 am), then headed straight to … breakfast!
I was hungry and my friends Helen and Jenny have never been to Plow, which is one of my favorite breakfast spots in San Francisco. There’s usually a long line, but getting there ten minutes before the 8 am opening guaranteed us immediate seating. I got my usual, “the Plow”, and I suggested they get one to share since their appetite isn’t as big as mine.
Then, we were finally off! After about one and a half hours of driving, we grabbed lunch to go for when we get hungry later, so we dropped by Ferrarese’s Deli Restaurant in Oakdale for sandwiches. Their sandwiches are delicious! Unfortunately, I don’t have one pictured. An hour later, we decided to check out Groveland since it seemed cute and charming. We also got coffee at Firefall Coffee – it’s already been a really long day of driving.
Okay, seriously, we were off! A few scenic stops and another hour later, we finally made it to Yosemite National Park. ($20 vehicle entrance fee.) It was nearing 2pm and we were about 4 hours late from what we expected but everything worked out perfect because it was a rainy day but it never rained whenever we stepped foot outside.
And then a few scenic stops and an hour later, we made it to Glacier Point, the destination of all destinations for all first-timers. It was beautiful. Now I want to see how it looks in all four seasons.
That was it! We made our way down and made a few scenic stops along the way again.
Then we made a few more scenic stops after exiting the park.
And then we were really off, but with a pit stop at Escalon because I spotted an ice cream shop. The Big Dipper boasted home made ice cream and I love ice cream. Since it’s October, I went for their pumpkin ice cream. It was not as pumpkin-y as other places, but it was still good, and I loved that it was not too sweet. I also really liked their apple spice with bits of cooked apple inside.
Okay, seriously this time, we were finally on our way home, until I thought, it’s still early (around 8pm) and next week is Halloween, so we should visit a corn maze since we’ve all never been. The only one conveniently available to us was the G&M Farms Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch in Livermore. From reading about it online, it sounded like it was for kids, but it was actually a nice, quick challenge trying to navigate through the maze in the dark. Well worth the $10!
We returned the car and I was home by 11:30pm. What a long day!