I won't ramble much, the photos speak for themselves. However, I will say that Yosemite is a SPECTACULAR place. Getting there is a bit of a pain...you have to drive through a few small towns with below 50 speed limits. Not to mention the elevation changes and curvy two lane roads (not the best combination if you get car sick). I was so excited to be there that I ignored the symptoms, but I could feel my body not responding well to the altitude.
We hiked about 5 miles throughout the day. We visited Mariposa Grove, Taft Point, The Fissures, Glacier Point, Tunnel View, the valley floor and The Ahwahnee Hotel.
Base of a fallen Sequoia
Posing under the tunnel tree
Making the hike down to Taft Point, elev. 7,500 ft
With my awesome tour guide
Livin' on the edge
The Fissures on Taft Point - you really need to watch your step here!
Shots from above....
First glimpse of Half Dome to the left & Bridalveil Falls to the right
Tunnel View - El Capitan to the left, Half Dome in the distance and Yosemite Falls to the right
We made it down to the valley
Huuuge fireplace at The Ahwahnee
The Ahwahnee Hotel - the 'logs' are acutally made of concrete to prevent fires. Crazy how they look like real wood!
El Capitan from the valley floor
After the 5 miles...cansaaaa
In the end, I'm glad I ventured beyond the cities...it was so different. Highly recommend to anyone who has a few days so spare in Northern California. Be sure to do your research and plan ahead, wear comfy shoes and make all your calls before heading to the park. No service up there.
I was so amazed by the grandeur of the landscape that took its shape from glaciers centuries ago. So much to see and do, if only I had more time...I will definitely be going back!! Seriously contemplating hiking up to Half Dome the next time or visiting during the winter.