[RoadTrip] Route vers Yosemite


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Mercredi 12 septembre, départ pour le roadtrip

9h, le réveil sonne. La première mission de la journée est d’aller faire une lessive puis d’acheter quelques provisions pour le voyage qui dure tout de même 4h. On doit également récupérer la voiture de location avant 12h.

11h30, nous revoilà à l’hôtel, le gérant nous chope à l’entrée pour nous dire que l’on aurait déjà dû rendre la chambre depuis 3h… Je me dépêche alors de faire les bagages et de ranger la chambre pendant que Robin va chercher la voiture.

12h, on charge les bagages dans notre Ford Fusion fraîchement acquise et c’est partie!

Go to Yosemite…

Je tiens tout de même à préciser que l’on a eu beaucoup de chance de tomber sur cette voiture, car nous avons seulement commencé à chercher une la veille. Et au vu des prix exorbitants (1200$ pour 6 jours) des offres des rent-car réputés (Hertz, National…) on se voyait déjà poursuivre notre séjour à San Francisco jusqu’à ce que l’on tombe sur Budget qui nous proposait la voiture pour 330$.

Nous quittons maintenant la ville et profitons des paysages.

Puis quelques centaines de miles plus loin, nous nous retrouvons dans les routes sinueuses de la montagne… Ça monte, ça monte… Tout comme la température… On atteint facilement les 35°C !

On s’arrête ensuite à un Vista Point (point de vue) pour faire une pause. On en profite pour faire quelques pic du bolide !

Après les nombreux lacets et miles parcourus, on aperçoit enfin un morceau de Yosemite! La fameux Half Dome. On s’arrête alors à un autre Vista Point afin d’immortaliser ce moment.

Une heure plus tard, on rentre enfin dans Yosemite. On s’acquitte alors des droits d’entrée au parc d’un montant de 20$ par voiture valable 7 jours. Mais quelle déception de se retrouver face à Yosemite Falls à sec! Cependant on s’y attendait, généralement, la chute est asséchée entre août et octobre.

On a quand même une belle vue sur le Half Dome.

On cherche ensuite un endroit pour manger. On ne s’était pas rendu compte à San Francisco à cause des nombreuses lumières mais en Californie la nuit tombe très tôt. A 20h30, il fait déjà nuit noir. Comme on est équipé comme des baroudeurs du dimanche on a bien évidement pas de lampes avec nous! Donc pour résumé, il est 20h30, il fait nuit noir, on a pas de lumière, on n’a pas de logement et on est au milieu d’un parc national de 3000km². La seul chose à faire est de tenter de trouver un endroit pour dormir. La plus part des endroits tranquilles sont « Day Use Only ». On évite alors de s’y garer pour éviter un réveille brutal par les rangers au beau milieu de la nuit. Vous l’aurez deviné, on a pas réservé d’hôtel, et on est un peu à l’arrache! A force de tourner en rond sans succès, on décide alors de se garer au bord de la route.

On prépare alors la voiture, on met toutes les valises devant, on enlève les sièges arrières, puis on s’installe dans le coffre… 5 minutes plus tard, l’alarme de la voiture retenti! Tout affolé en se demandant ce qu’il se passe, on cherche les clés pour mettre fin au vacarme, bien évidement, impossible de mettre la main dessus rapidement et on a eu le temps de réveiller 3 fois tous les ours de la vallée! On essaye ensuite de comprendre ce qu’il s’est passé. On découvre alors que Ford a pensé à nous en installant une gâchette de secours dans le coffre afin de l’ouvrir! Mais son utilisation provoque le déclenchement de l’alarme… On la positionne alors de telle façon à ce que cela ne se reproduise pas, et on met également les clés en évidence. Now, it’s 9:30pm , and it’s time to sleep! (realy?)

23h, on commençait à « bien » dormir et ce qui devait arrivé arriva!

     Toc Toc Toc
     « Is there guys here? »

On se réveille en sursaut, je récupère les clés afin d’ouvrir la voiture pour éviter de faire sonner l’alarme. Une fois la porte ouverte, je me retrouve nez à nez avec un Ranger. J’essaye de comprendre ce qu’il me dit. J’ai rapidement compris que l’on avait pas le droit de dormir là où on était. Il me demande si j’ai une carte pour qu’il nous indique un lieu où dormir. J’ai répondu oui, puis au bout de 5 minutes, je lui ai répondu non car elle était enfouie sous notre amas de bagages à l’avant. Il tente alors de m’indiquer la route d’un camping. On se retrouve alors, au beau milieu de la nuit, à remettre tous les bagages derrières pour pouvoir conduire. Au final, on a jamais réussi à trouver le camping, et on s’est garé sur le parking d’un hôtel où on a pu terminer notre nuit sans encombre.

En bonus, notre hôtel 6 étoiles :

Cette première journée de roadtrip à l’arrache nous aura réservée de belles surprises et on en gardera un bon souvenir 🙂