One word to describe Yosemite? WOW! It is an unbelievable place and it is no wonder millions come here to camp or just to visit. They now have shuttle buses that go all over the park which helps with the traffic congestion.I’m so glad we weren’t here in the Summer months, as I think it would have been horrific. As we drove into the road leading into the park, about 10 miles from the entrance, there was a detour due to an enormous rock slide that block the entire highway. Then, driving along, you would see signs saying, “rock slide area” and you really hoped that this wasn’t going to be a time when another part of a mountain would give in to gravity. There are huge boulders all over the place in the park due to glaciers doing their thing.
There is a really serious drought condition in California right now so the Yosemite Falls weren’t as spectacular as some photos I have seen of it where it roarsed off the mountain side. It barely trickled but Maurice and I got to the base of it by climbing over many, many boulders and actually cooled off in its mist. This photo is from below looking up.
A view from the side that also gives you a look at some of the splendor of Yosimite.
There is an incredible view of Yosemite from Glacier Point. I put people into this photo to give you an idea of the immenseness of the park. There was a sign here that said at the point where the people are standing there was once ice 700 feet higher. Lots of glacier work and water work done over millions of years.
There is alot of wild life which are very tame. The deer, which are getting near to mating season, are more dangerous than the bears and someone was recently killed when gored by a stag. There were many bear sightings but I never did see one. I almost stepped on a chipmonk as it was so tame feet didn’t scare it. I guess it was waiting for a handout.
I went on a photo walk one day offered by the park-free-and this was one of the photos I took while doing it. I do photo tours myself in Paris so it was nice to see how someone else did it.