My family and I took a long weekend trip to Yosemite National Park. We went from Friday August 17-19, 2013. We stayed at Cedar Lodge about 7-8 miles outside of the park off Highway 140. It was a decent hotel. Food was expensive, but what can you do?
The Honda Pilot sprung a leak when I checked under the hood. At first I thought it was an AT hose from the transmission to the radiator, but after changing that hose and discovering the little bit of fluid inside was red and not coolant green, I figured out that it probably is a cracked radiator. This probably happened some time ago, but there was never any coolant on the floor of the garage or pavement after being parked. In the end, we decided to take the race car instead. The only issue with the race car is that the air conditioner blower sometimes stops working. It did once, and then never failed us when we were out there. Because it was 100 F, I figured the grease loosened up and things functioned properly. The V-8 power really helped with the hills and being a manual transmission, it seemed to fly up the hills. The twisty road was no match for the race car either. When getting back and inspecting the car, it didn’t seem to be all that dirty! I will have to wash it soon.
We did a number of short walks/hikes. Not sure if you can call it hikes because the “trail” was mostly paved. Hayley did fairly well. The weather was into the 100 F! We tried to leave early in the morning to beat the heat. The falls of Yosemite were all dried up. The only one that we visited that had some water coming down was Bridelveil Falls. Even then it was very little. When we arrived, we stopped by the Tunnel View, then off to Bridelveil Falls, then the Yosemite Village and Visitor Center. We tried to do the Yosemite Falls short hike, but it was quite hot and we decided to head for the Hotel. The next day we did the Yosemite Falls first, and then a short hike to Sentinel Bridge to view the meadow and Half Dome.
All in all, the kids had fun, and we had a good time as well!
Enjoy the pics: