As you can tell from the pictures below, Yosemite was absolutely breathtaking. The weather was perfect, the sites were beautiful, and the people were friendly. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. I have listed details of my trip and my gear below. Please feel free to drop a comment with any questions that you have.
We stayed in the Upper Pines Campsite in the national park. It was $26 a night and they sold out very quickly. The site comes with a fire pit, bear lock box, and parking spot. Upper Pines has numerous bathrooms with toilets, sinks, and water stations. If you want showers though, you’ll have to travel up the road to another site. The campsites are located in a forest, but you are very close to your neighbors. We didn’t mind because all of our neighbors were very welcoming. There is also a little grocery store in Half Dome Village for any last minute things (like wine). We hiked Mirror Lake, Bridalveil Falls, and Upper Yosemite Falls trails. Upper Yosemite Falls was by far our favorite site in the whole park. It’s a long trail but well worth the views. Next time, I will definitely be bringing my bike to ride around within the park. All of the trailheads are easily accessible, and you don’t even need a car once you’re in the park.
I packed all of my belongings for the entire trip in my Ospery Aura 50 AG backpack. My Marmot Limelight 2 person tent, REI Lumen 25 Youth sleeping bag, a week’s worth of clothes, and my Canon 60D and GoPro Hero cameras all fit in this bag. I would highly recommend all of this gear to fellow travelers. All pictures shown below are shot with my Canon 60D. I will be uploading GoPro pictures & videos soon!