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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Yosemite


Our previous visit to Yosemite was in the fall and  not even a drop of water from the waterfalls. This was not the case this time. The snowpack is high and water sheds at almost normal made for quite a show.
Yosemite National Park is set within California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. It’s famed for its giant, ancient sequoias, and for Tunnel View, the iconic vista of towering Bridalveil Fall and the granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome.

The road to Glacier Point is closed until May because of all of the snow they have received this year. We were able to drive easily through the Park due to early season but the handy shuttle was making its rounds.  
 

Waterfalls of all sizes could be seen in every direction.


We stayed in a quiet campground 5 miles from the entrance to the campground instead of in the park. We thought it would have been nice to stay in the park with easier access to the hiking trails but found where we were was just right. The campground in the village area was pretty crowded with families. Is it still spring break? 



Vernal falls in the distance.

Our slow going 4 mile hike got steep at times but downhill was good.



There are also many bike and walking trails throughout the Park.

Vernal Falls before we climbed up to it. The mist was pretty strong making the trail slick.

After our hike, I had to get some forms signed online and used the internet at the village while we had lunch. A couple of fellows from Australia joined us at our table. They had lots of stories about their travels.

Yosemite falls

 

2 comments:

  1. Wow, it looks like a perfect time to be in Yosemite! The waterfalls are spectacular, and there's NO one on the trails. You mentioned that you were staying in an RV park outside of the park -- that sounds like a good option. Being in the midst of the spring break crowd is not our idea of a good time. (Too loud, too many smoky fires, etc.)

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    1. We stayed in a Thousand Trails place but don't think we would purchase another membership. This was a good place, 30% full. It wouldn't be so good when full but what place is? We were 30 miles from the valley but 5 miles from the entrance.

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