OAKHURST – Popular travel guide Discover America recently featured portions of Madera County, touting the area’s diversity of environment through the eyes and words of a world-traveling British blogger who knows a thing or two about where to go and how to get there.
“Surrounded by steep mountains, lush meadows and breathtaking waterfalls, it was hard to believe that I was actually just outside of famous Yosemite National Park,” said writer Jodi Sidle.
“Instead,” she continued, “I was in Madera County, which sits at the southern entrance to Yosemite and hales the appropriate title of California’s Gateway to Yosemite.”
The travel journals are real travel blogs about visiting popular USA destinations. Blogger Jodi Sidle had heard about Madera County from “across the pond,” and wanted to enjoy her great American outdoor adventure near Yosemite. She explored Zip Yosemite, located at Calvin Crest, Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad, and Bass Lake hiking and water activities, all in the Sierra National Forest.
Accompanying Jodi was videographer Bogdan Zlatkov, who had the precarious job of capturing the adventurous trip, which included train-riding, boat-cruising on Bass Lake, and a 300 meter zip-lining ride among the trees in the Sierra Nevada.
“It was such a pleasure to work on this project with the Yosemite Sierra Visitor’s Bureau and Jodi Sidle, our excellent British host,” said Bogdan. “Jodi wrote a wonderfully detailed account of our trip.”
Sidle and Zlatkov spent days exploring some of the best attractions the gateway has to offer. Their first stop was the visitors’ center at the Yosemite Sierra Visitors’ Bureau in Oakhurst on Hwy 41, then off to Zip Yosemite where Sidle whizzed through the trees and witnessed the amazing views of the Sierra National Forest.
Next was a stop at the historic Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad in Fish Camp, located five minutes from the southern gate of Yosemite National Park, to ride a historic steam Shay locomotive. “You can’t help but imagine the people coming and going on the rail,” recounted Sidle, “shouting Eureka!” She continued, “Fish Camp, a small mountain town, will take you back to the days of logging and gold panning.”
Last was a hike up “Way of The Mono” trail at Bass Lake, where the pair learned of Native American culture of the area, followed by a ride on Bass Lake, where the serenity of the Sierra Mountains is said to have soothed her soul.
Read more about Sidle’s adventurous account of trekking through Madera County.