If you dropped me into the middle of a green valley surrounded by mountains and snow with no reception, I'd be okay. Especially if I had my guy, my camera, and a warm outfit. On a day we had planned to head directly south from the bay, we decided to take the long way home and 3 hours out of the way. Neither of us had been to Yosemite and it had been on my list since I can remember. Just like the deepest forests of the PNW, Yosemite is overwhelmingly lush, quiet, and a little haunting. We love roaming so parking in the valley and getting lost on foot is exactly what we were looking for. Definitely worth the price of admission.