We left on Friday, June 2, 2017. It was a 10 hour drive on our first day, including the mini-van rental pickup at Eagle County Airport. We stopped at Arches National Park and did the 3 miles hike to Delicate Arch.
We camped near Great Basin National Park, just over the Utah border in Nevada.
The next morning, we did the Lehman Cave Tour and carried on through the sights of rural Nevada.
That night, we made it to our campsite outside Yosemite National Park, after stopping in Lake Tahoe for dinner. The much quicker driving route through Lee Vining over Tioga Pass was closed at this time. Typically, the snow gets plowed in June and might have opened in time for us, but this was a record season of snowfall in California, with major flooding and dam breaks. In planning, we had to look at the historical opening dates to make our best guess, but estimates were for July Later, we found the June 29 ended up being the opening date.
On Day 3, June 4, we were able to see and hike Yosemite National Park, which was incredible. I can see how its worth a week here, with so many trails and waterfalls, and we made the most of our one day. The falls were booming on the Mist Trail, so much that we were too wet and cold to make it to the top.
It was a scenic drive through northern California from Yosemite to our Airbnb in San Francisco. We arrived there on Monday, June 5. Little did we know, two days later, first free solo climb of El Capitan would happen there.