America 2015 - Part 3

After we left June Lake, CA, we headed into Yosemite National Park.  It's one of my favorite national parks, there's so much I love about it; the scale of the valley walls, the vistas, the rivers, waterfalls, forests and wildlife.  We entered through the north east Tioga Rd entrance and looped around the valley, up to Glacier Point, and then down to Mariposa Grove.

In Mariposa Grove there are a collection of massive Sequoia trees that loom over walkways through the park. 

We left Yosemite and headed north up to Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA. 

 We drove through many windy hilly roads in California on our way north to Lassen.

We drove through many windy hilly roads in California on our way north to Lassen.

Once we were in Lassen Volcanic National Park, my dad and I decided to climb Lassen Peak, something he wanted to do since we had started the trip.  It's a 3 mile hike up to the top, and the rise in elevation is no joke, so we took our time.  I think round trip it took us about 5 hours, but we made it.  It felt great to accomplish together, and when we got to the top we were the only ones up there, and we also got to hike back down as the sun set over the mountains.  It was one of my favorite moments of the entire trip.  It also marked the middle of the vacation, and the point when we started to head back home.

After Lassen we picked up the pace of the trip, starting with driving to Craters of the Moon in Idaho.