I haven’t had the energy or the time to edit the pictures for the projects I’m working on right now. Plus I’m sick and feeling sad today so I’m just going to post pictures from my sister and I’s road trip to Yosemite. We went in June of last year, and had a really good time.
The picture above is El Capitan seen from Taft Point. We hiked to Taft Point, before we went to the far more popular Glacial Point which you can drive too; it’s completely built out and has a gift shop with a horde of tourists. We bought some ice-cream though and it was fantastic after a hot sweaty hike.
We took a bus tour of the valley, it was surprisingly great. We got out to look around a couple of times, here I am on the bank of the Merced River:
And here is Bailey:
Still on the valley tour, this is a view of the base of Half Dome, named as you might suspect for its resemblance to half a dome:
When you are driving into Yosemite Park all you really see is dense woods. Once you go through the tunnel however, the whole valley is in front of you. It’s called Inspiration Point, there is a parking lot and it was packed every time we went by it:
We also hiked around the valley, here is Bailey getting ready to cool her feet off in the Merced River:
I would have sat in the shade by the river for much longer, but we saw a river snake and Bailey wanted to keep moving. Doesn’t it look peaceful though?
I think my favorite thing that we saw though were the Giant Sequoias. We took a day trip to Mariposa Grove, where the largest collection of Sequoia trees around the area live. Yosemite Valley doesn’t have any growing in it naturally. There are some planted by various people years ago, but Sequoias take so long to grow that you can’t even tell they will be huge one day…. hundreds of years from now. Our valley tour guide told us that the easiest way to identify a Sequoia, is to touch the truck and see if it’s soft. Bailey and I poked a giant one later in Mariposa Grove and it does feel spongy like a brick of cork, not actually soft but still it has way more give than you expect.
Here I am next to the roots of a fallen Sequoia:
And Bailey under the Tunnel Tree:
The funny thing about being around the Sequoias is that you kinda lose perspective after awhile and the trees start to look normal… still breathtakingly beautiful but not abnormally big anymore. All the really big trees in Mariposa Grove have names and are marked on the park map, even the fallen ones:
I had a great time hanging out with my sister, and we had a great trip, and all of the credit for that goes to Bailey she planned everything (thanks!). However, we both agreed that growing up in Colorado, and seeing amazing mountain views a couple hours from home, made Yosemite’s mountains a tad underwhelming. However, the geologic and ecologic uniqueness of Yosemite, plus the long history of human involvement in the park make it a fascinating location. Have you ever been?