So the trip itself was in four parts with us staying for 3 nights in each location
- San Francisco
- Lake Tahoe
- Yosemite National park
- New York
Sadly we were unsuccessful in our primary quest of checking out lots off archery shops. The store we visited in San Francisco was closed for some reason, one of the one’s we’d hoped to get to on route to Lake Tahoe was closed on Tuesdays which resulted in us successfully finding only one store. Whilst their selection was great so far as compound bows and targets were concerned they had very few traditional style bows.
So we didn’t come home with any archery goodies but quite a few photos of our trip.
I then decided on a second mission , which I hoped would be more successful. This was to find a drinkable US produced apple cider. Those of you who follow me on instagram and tumblr will have seen the mixed results.
So in the great tradition of sharing, here are a load of holiday photos showing what we did do.
San Francisco is a nice place to visit for a few days to recover from the jet lag.
Lake Tahoe was our next destination and we picked up a rental car in San Francisco to head there via the archery shop that was open. As we left San Francisco we saw how the drought is changing the landscape with brown fields of grass surrounding San Francisco, gradually giving way as we climbed higher to woodlands and forests.
We were lucky with the weather, with it being mostly dry and warm. Except for Yosemite where we were caught in thunderstorms on the hill decent from Upper Yosemite falls.
That hike took us just over 6 hours in total up and down but offered fantastic views from the top before thunderstorms rolled in.
The views of the valley from the top of Yosemite falls was amazing.
Note sure which was the best quote from Sharon at Yosemite, whether it was about the life like 3d poses of the deer or that the bear was closer than you would shoot it if it was a 3D target on a field course.
Walking round Yosemite was great especially if you got there early as you avoided the busy parts and trails. There is more wildlife about and the light for photographs is amazing early in the day.
We left Yosemite at 5 am to make the long drive to San Francisco airport to catch our plane to New York.
The 9/11 Memorial is very moving as are the talks by survivors of the attack.
We would definitely go back to Yosemite as the views hiking and whole scale of the place was amazing. Lake Tahoe is another location we would return too, maybe for a ski trip.
Thanks for reading.