I have worked in Yellowstone as a nurse since May. I am leaving to my next job in Merced, CA (1.5 hours from Yosemite) on September 16. My friend and I will be driving together. She flies back home to Chicago from San Francisco the morning of the 19th. Here is our preliminary plan:
Day 1 (9/16): YNP to Reno
Visit a casino
Stay the night
Day 2 (9/17): Reno to Merced, CA
Visit my friend's cousin in Sacramento
Drop my things (and my cat) off in my new home
Explore Yosemite (We realize we won't have much time here. We just want to do a hike to take a break while my friend helps me move).
Day 3 (9/18): Merced, CA to San Francisco
Golden Gate Bridge
Day 4 (9/19): My friend flies out of San Francisco in the morning.
Here are my questions:
1) Are there any other places we should stop along the way? (especially on day 1)
2) What are some good day hikes in Yosemite?