Hi smart people - I absolutely have poured through all of the top right questions and other helpful posts. I am just a bit scattered in my brain trying to plan my first Yosemite trip during covid. I have a list of spots/hikes but can't seem to wrap my brain around the best order and flow. We are coming from Sonoma Valley and staying in Yosemite valley for 3 nights (10/4-10-7), so will be using 120 OR 140 to enter, leaving to head to Big Sur via Wawona/41. Originally I was so excited for Mariposa Grove on our way out but don't think we want to take the time/effort to do all that it takes these days.
I am wondering if we can use the first half day to do tuolumne grove (we might find time during our trip to go to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park - any input is welcome!) or maybe just drive in and see tunnel view and get acquainted, or maybe do some of glacier point views or nearby hikes. I definitely want to go to glacier point, do the sentimel dome secret shortcut hike (maybe add Taft), possibly the mist trail (but I know this will be closed during the week but maybe we can get bikes and get there before 6:30???).
With our 2.5 days, basically I was hoping for lots of casual drive/stop sight seeing (valley loop - maybe via biking, sentinel bridge, el capitan meadow, lower yosemite 'falls' - might be dry), love the idea of biking places but hoping they aren't all grabbed up now bc of no shuttles, and at least one maybe two half day hikes.
If anyone has suggestions for us re: order as we drive in, what flow/order might be best for half day hikes and other sight seeing given covid/shuttle changes, and anything else, I will be grateful!!!