A Virtual Hike to Yosemite

While writing a post early this month about A Virtual Hike on the Israel National Trail, I thought about where else I could take a virtual hike. At the same time I was also setting some walking goals as I try to get back in a little better shape.

I decided to combine the two items and started to keep track of how many miles I walked a day and following my progress on a map. I decided that my first virtual destination would be Yosemite.

Virtual Hike, Yosemite, Long walk, exerciseOf course Google Maps is a great tool for something like this. There are probably apps that do this, but I wanted to do it on my own. I set my home as the start and Yosemite Valley Visitor Center as the destination. I then selected the walk icon so that it included trails. I had several routes to choose from, but picked the one that went through Groveland as this is the route I would take if I was driving and one that I know fairly well.

Cobden House, Gamble Block, Big Oak Flat, California, Queen Anne House, CraftsmanIt was also a route where I could easily image the scenery as I passed and remember a few things along the way like the Cobden House where I did some volunteer work one weekend.

I decided to use a start point of July 1, and looked up the first few days in the  Health app on my i-Phone. At the rate I had been walking it was going to take me a very long time to get to Yosemite. Having a goal definitely helped as it motivated me to walk further each day.

Waterfall, Yosemite, View of Yosemite Valley, Virtual WalkOf course as part of my virtual hike I could use Google Street View and check out the area I was walking through. This would have been my view a couple days ago looking down into the Yosemite Valley.

Yosemite Hike, Virutal Hike, Yosemite Valley, FallsYesterday my virtual hike brought me down off the heights above Yosemite Valley and down into the valley via the Yosemite Falls trail.

Virtual Hike, Google Maps, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite FallsHere is one of the views that I would have had coming down the trail. Yosemite is so beautiful.

With the virtual hike I don’t have to worry about how difficult the path is, as I am doing most of my walking on the flat sidewalks near home 🙂

Today I had only about 1.2 miles to go and I easily made it to my virtual destination.

I am not sure yet of my next destination, but I am not going to magically return home. My next virtual hike will start at Yosemite and I will head toward Nevada. There are a few possible places in Nevada that may be the next destination. I am looking for something that would take about a month of walking to reach so that I have an August goal.

I am already three miles toward my next goal wherever it may be 🙂





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5 Responses to A Virtual Hike to Yosemite

  1. http://www.yosemite.com/what-to-do/el-capitan/

    I finished my Navy enlistment aboard a ship in dry dock at Hunters Point San Francisco, after spending over a year with the Marines in Vietnam. Gas was cheap and Darlene and I very much enjoyed Yosemite in early Spring, when melting snow created peak waterfalls.

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