I'm writing this on a very slow and dodgy wireless hotspot connection in El Portal near the entrance to Yosemite National Park. We rented a car in San Francisco after two hours of queuing and waiting. The bloke there took pity on us and gave us a ridiculously large and macho Dodge Charger instead of the Pontiac we'd paid for and we headed for Yosemite. We've spent the last two days inside this amazing national park, going on short hikes and marvelling at the beautiful scenery. We didn't manage to see a black bear but learned a lot about how to deal with them at a ranger talk this afternoon. Tomorrow we head to Kings Canyon for giant redwood trees.