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Yosemite National Park – National Park Series

This is another post in the National Park Series.  If you missed one of them, please click on the title and it will take you to the post

Glacier National Park

Great Smoky Mountains


Before we went to Yosemite everyone, and I mean everyone, told me that it was outstanding, that it was raw, rugged and something so spectacular that they couldn’t describe it any better.   They couldn’t give me enough adjectives to describe it to me.  I just didn’t think anything could live up to these descriptions – boy, was I wrong.

I flew into Sacramento on United the end of June to meet my husband who was doing some work in the area.  He had picked up a rental car earlier when we flew in.  He picked me up and we were off in the direction of Lake Tahoe.  As we traveled through we spent some time in an old western town called Placerville whose nickname was HangTown.  They were doing some type of reenactment with covered wagons, panning for gold in the street in a horse’s trough. This is near where Sutter’s Mill was located where the California Gold Rush began.  I had visions of gold dust in my eyes.  It was a lot more difficult than I thought it would be as the gold was merely specks in the water and to get the swishing motion was not easy.  Regardless, this was lots of fun for us.

We spent a few days at Lake Tahoe driving around, doing some short hikes, seeing Emerald Bay (yes, it really is green).  A trivia fact – did you know that the old television show “Bonanza” was filmed around Lake Tahoe because after all , it was south of Virginia City and near Carson City.  There were advertisements along the road that went around the Lake for visitors to go up to the location, for a small fee of course.

We were going to travel to Yosemite from Tahoe on the Tioga Road but it was still closed due to snow.  We headed south and went in to the park where the Merced River flows through the park – the Arched Rock Entrance.  We had reservations inside the park at Wawona Hotel, a National Historic Landmark.  This was at the southern end of the park and a little of of the way for me.  We were close to the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoia Trees.  Being this far south, we always seemed to have a long commute to see the famous sites of El Capitan, hiking Bridalveil Falls, Half Dome (no, we didn’t climb it but watched in amazement as others did) as well as going to Curry Village.

Since there was heavy snowfall the year we went, the waterfalls were flowing quite heavily.  I don’t think that I have seen so many waterfalls in one location.  Every turn we took was just as spectacular as the last one.   I didn’t do any of the rugged hiking that our kids did a few years ago.  They were the ones you could see as ants climbing up Half Dome.  There are steel cables going up and you are pulling yourself up.  What made it difficult for them was the sheer number of people who climbed it.  You could never get any good momentum going because there would be people a few feet from them.  Nevertheless, that is one thing that they were able to check off the list of things to do.

Blogger Sons and Blogger daughter-in-law climbing Half Dome
Blogger Sons and Blogger daughter-in-law climbing Half Dome
At the top of Half Dome
At the top of Half Dome

Whether you are going to view the granite monolith, hike to see waterfalls or wildlife, Yosemite should be on your list of must see national parks.