Month: June 2017

Stop 16-Yosemite National Park, CA

Stop 16-Yosemite National Park, CA

“Driving in feels like you are entering a fairytale world.  We really wouldn’t be surprised if fairies actually did live there.”

The Beginning

We were actually debating on whether or not to go to Yosemite National Park.  We originally planned to go, but as we got closer to the days we would be there, we weren’t sure if we wanted to deal with the traffic, or if we would even be able to get a campsite.  On the other hand, Yosemite is almost on a whole other level compared to the other National Parks.  There’s got to be a reason that there are so many people that go there, right?

In the end, we decided to go into the park for a day.  At least we could say we were there, and in the end, it was the right decision.

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We’ve seen pictures and videos of the park, but no number of pictures or videos, or anything but actually being in the presence of such a place, could ever do it justice.  The granite monolith rock is almost godly!  Not to mention the waterfalls!  There is really no other place like it.

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We only had one day there this time, but we will be sure to make at least a week out of it next time we visit.  Even then, you probably wouldn’t get tired of it.  However, since it was only going to be one day that we were there, we really just saw a small glimpse of the park.  It was a good glimpse though.

The Middle

We got there really early in the morning to avoid the traffic coming into the park.  Driving in feels like you are entering a fairytale world.  We really wouldn’t be surprised if fairies actually did live there.

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We parked the car and hopped on the shuttle right away.  The visitors center wasn’t open yet.  Our first stop was Yosemite Falls, which is the highest waterfall in the park and one of the highest in the world.  It drops a total of 2,425 feet and you can feel the mist it produces from almost a half-mile away!

We got pretty wet taking pictures.

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Next, we stopped at the visitors’ center in Yosemite Village.  Yeah, Yosemite National Park has a village, and it is a village in most meanings of the word.  It has its own store with all the groceries you could need.  As well as restaurants, a hotel, a post office, a medical clinic, and fire department.

After visiting the village, we headed to Cook’s Meadow to take in some amazing views of Yosemite’s most iconic rock monolith, Half Dome.  You can actually hike to the top…one day we will!

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After getting some good shots of Half Dome, we wanted to head over to the Park’s second most iconic rock, El Capitan, where we scoped out some rock climbers.  Literally, we had to use a telescope!

The climbers were amazing and they must have some major guts to be able to do that climb!  El Capitan is 7,569 feet up, and on average it takes climbers 3 or 4 days to get to the top, depending on the route they do! (See if you can spot them below; we had to zoom really far in to even get this close to them!)

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The End

Making our way out of the park we stopped at Bridalvale Falls, Tunnel View, and Glacier Point, all just as amazing as the rest of the park!

Yosemite is truly unlike any other place in the world.  It’s magical!  And it brings about a feeling that you’ll never feel anywhere else.  It was really a shame we were only able to be there for a day, but we don’t regret the decision to go for a second!

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