Everything is so green, the crisp morning air, it's wonderful. It really pays off to get up very early in the morning and enjoy Yosmite. A few hours later this place is unrecognisable. Tourist busses are parked here, and lots of people are around. Nothing can beat this moment of tranquility, sigh... wish I was there right now.
If you drive up to Glacier point you will be able to look straight (and I mean straight) down into the valley. Glacier point is roughly above the Curry Campground and it is reached by a road that is closed in the winter and spring.
You also get a wonderful view of all the falls except Bridalveil from Glacier Point as well as Half Dome and El Capitan.
... when standing on the soil of this extraordinary event. Close your eyes, and you can feel the heat of the campfire, smell the smoke, and hear Mr President talk to Mr Muir. Don't you feel the strong desire to sit down with them? 101 years later... You'll be SO inspired!
While driving around you can see wild animals crossing the road, so you have to be very careful.
We had been very lucky on this trip as we had some really god chances to see them
This photo was taken from an overlook on Tioga Pass Road. The road climbs to its highest elevation at about 9,000 feet, and provides some nice views.
The original inhabitants of Yosemite, the Miwok, referred to the valley as Ahwahnee, which, loosely translated, means "place of gaping mouth." Standing on Yosemite's high road and looking down into the valley, its easy to see how it got this name.
This photo was taken at Olmstead Point, along Tioga Road. At the overlook, there was a stretch of this smooth flat rock which makes a pretty stable walking surface (much better than slippery granite rocks.)
The flat surface of these rocks is the product of glaciers from the last ice age. These ice masses polished the rock as they moved through the valley, creating the smooth flat surface that is seen today. Sand and other abrasive elements pushed against the rocks under the weight of the glaciers and created the marks that are visible on the rock's sirface. These marks indicate the direction the glacier was moving.
These vertical granite walls surround the valley. They are pretty striking, especially in summer, when they appear as masses of bare rock, untouched by snow or any visible greenery associated with plant life.
The U shaped valley is the product of glaciers which approached the valley during the last Ice Age, approximately one million years ago. The glaciers created the high overhangs at the summit of these walls. In the spring, waterfalls from snowmelt cascade down the valley walls where glacial runoff once descended.
Yosemite Valley is seven miles long and one mile across at its widest point. The valley was formed through a geologic process that began about 500 million years ago in a process that began when this land was submerged under water. Somewhere around 50 million years ago (give or take) , Yosemite's rolling hills and streams began to develop in the area. Within the next 40 million years (as the crow flies), the submerged Sierra Nevada rose, tilting westward and increasing the flow of the Merced River, carving the valley into a canyon.
Taken near Olmestead Point, which isn't close to the highest spot on Tioga Road, but its still thousands of feet above the valley. If you look carefully, you can see the rear view of Half Dome in the distance.
I took this picture while walking on a trail in Yosemite Valley. The afternoon sun is so strong, unbroken by any clouds whatsoever, which makes it tough to get a good angle for even an amateur photograph. The sunlight interfered with this shot just a bit, but even that cannot diminish the beauty of the valley.
I can't remember where this photo was taken, but I think it was at a viewpoint along Glacier Point Road. Half Dome is partially hidden behind the tree and, from this angle, it appears that it is a lower elevation than the previous pictures.
It's no secret that Yosemite National Park is awe inspiring and beautiful. The park caters for many visitors each year and all these visitor will have an effect on the natural environment of Yosemite.
With this in mind please keep to the public areas, paths and walkways and away from areas that are being recovered or are protected in some way.
This foot bridge is one example of how the Park along with ourselves can help protect Yosemite.
Enjoy the tranquility!
This place is a little hard to get to, but definitely worth the (rough) trip. It requires a permit and a 4 wheel drive vehicle but most likely you won't see anyone else there, except the Rangers. We went up to the lake, took a canoe around it and spent the night by the water. When you are in the wilderness in Yosemite, you tend to find the lakes are pretty cold (like Tanaya Lake) but this one is warm and it was great to swim there. Usually, we would just go in Merced River which was freezing so this was a nice change.
On your way there, watch out for the free or open range cattle...they just stand in the road forever.
Here's a brilliant idea. Let's dam up a valley that looks a lot like Yosemite Valley so we can have drinking water for San Francisco to use. And then, how about if San Francisco only uses a little portion of it? That's what happened to Hetch Hetchy in the early 1900's despite the effort John Muir put into protecting this valley. It's pretty, in a manmade way and the drive up is interesting. It's the only place I've had to stop on the road because cattle wouldn't move. Free range cattle.
It's strangely quiet here also...for some reason there are very few birds and you take for granted the noise they create in the summer. It's VERY hot, though at the same elevation at Yosemite Valley, it gets warmer earlier, holds in the heat longer and has milder winters. A little microclimate, if you will. It is interesting that the water from here flows to SF by gravity only...
But this is where you would have the best opportunity to climb up the waterfalls, if you want to do that. We didn't see more than 4 people out here on a normal, hot summer day.
Treat yourself to an old fashioned Victorian breakfast while you're in Yosemite. This is a very old historic hotel that offers a fabulous brunch in a wonderful quaint setting The food is great, and the atmosphere is cozy. Try a dessert called Apple Betty, it is so delicous. Custard, apples and whipcream, how can you go wrong? The Wawona is an Historic landmark and worth seeing on its own even without the brunch. You can rent a room, but I would not recommend it in Winter, the rooms are freezing. However, the property is very picturesque at Christmas time.
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