May 21, 2015 – We woke up to rainy weather inland, so decided to stay around San Francisco for most of the day before driving over to Yosemite. First up was a trip to Muir’s Woods. We got there nice and early, and had no problem finding a parking spot. We decided to try a different hiking trail today, one that we’ve never done before. There’s a bit of elevation gain at the beginning, but it offers a lovely walk through some fabulous woods.
Where to eat lunch but Fish? Today we tried the crab dip (fantastic… how have we never tried this before?), the sauteed eel and fresh pasta (eel is also surprisingly good), a salmon bahn mi sandwich with coleslaw (the sandwich was great, the coleslaw was heavy on the vinegar, so not my favorite), and a local beer.
After lunch we headed up into the hills to see the fortifications at Hawk Hill. There is an old, never-finished WWII gun battery on the hills across the water from the city. The fog cleared towards the city and we had a fun time climbing up the hills to the empty fortifications.
Finally, it was time to get on the road. And fight our way through rush hour traffic out of the city. As a PSA, rush hour starts around 2pm. 😉 Dinner was patty melts, fries, and hot green tea at a little restaurant along the road to Yosemite. Due to the droughts the restaurant was charging $1 for water, so we figured we might as well pay a few cents more and get hot tea instead. We happily checked into our room at the Yosemite Lodge at the Falls, and almost immediately went to sleep. We’ll be up early the next day!