It’s hard to describe the incredible vistas and grandness of Yosemite National Park. It possess a special spirit and I can see why John Muir fell in love with this area.
I spent a total of three days at Yosemite and I took a lot of photos so I’m going to break my Yosemite trip into three posts.
Yosemite is a large park and the distances between the different areas requires some planning. All but two areas are closed in the winter so for obvious reasons the summer months are busy with visitors but if you start early in the morning or go beyond the ‘most visited areas’ you can find pure solitude. Cell phone service is spotty so don’t rely on modern communications. Yosemite is bear and cougar country so follow all signs and warnings. Bears have learned that easy food can be found in cars in parking lots and camp spots and roam those frequently. The one thing I noticed was that restrooms are not readily available at trail heads or where you would expect them to be so plan ahead.
I came in from the East over the Tioga Pass so my first day at Yosemite was spent along the Tioga Road which is closed November through May. It goes from east to west and although I was there in the middle of July it was easy to find a campsite (which was a different story in the most visited part of the park, Yosemite Valley). There are also plenty of campsites before you enter the park on the east side.
Since this was my first time to Yosemite I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had seen plenty of pictures of El Capitan and the Half Dome and they are beyond mesmerizing but Yosemite immediately captured my heart in so many other ways. That’s the beauty of traveling. If you can learn to take things as they come then life on the road brings you not only plenty of adventures but unexpected treasures that pierce themselves into you heart forever.
After enjoying the scenery I went back to camp early enough for a few hours of daylight to plan out the next day’s adventure which was to see Yosemite Valley, home to several waterfalls and El Capitan. I also wanted to do a longer hike and see the sunset at Glacier Point. I needed an early start if I was to accomplish all that in a day…