Camping Solo in Yosemite (July 15-16, 2006)

I did it!!! Yes! I went SOLO to camp in Yosemite this past weekend and am so glad I did it.

I was afraid for a long time — of getting lost, of not having a place to camp, of being too cold if I can’t start a fire, blah, blah, blah… But the time has come when I really wanted to go. What triggered me was when I dropped in at the REI store in Berkeley and talked to one of the staff there – Michael. He said that I can still get a camp site even without a reservation if I go there early… say before 9 a.m. and it’s pretty safe to go alone. These campgrounds are Crane Flat, Porcupine Flat and Camp 4. So I got an idea and head out Saturday morning at 6 a.m. I took 580 toward Hayward/Stockton and took some other number before taking 108/120

Great timing because the traffic was very light and I made it in 3 and a half hours. When I arrived all 3 of the said sites still had vacancies.. but I was pretty tired and a bit worried… The ranger said Porcupine Flat was another hour and I totally forgot about Camp 4… So I went to Crane Flat which is only 8 miles down hwy 120 from the East Gate. Here’s my campsite.

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