Monday, May 14, 2012


Saturday, May 12 – We headed to Yosemite National Park early Saturday morning.

Half Doom in the background.Glacier Point 5

We were hesitant to visit on the weekend, but our schedule didn't give us much choice. We were right about the weekend crowds.

Look at these cars.
Look at the traffic.

How would you like to escape the city "madness" and camp in this situation? This area was PACKED!

Woudn't you love to get away from the city and camp like this?

Even though there were gobs of people, it wasn't difficult to find a secluded spot in this wonderful paradise. One only needs to get out of the typical tourist stops, hike a couple hundred yards off the road, or stop a bit past the advertised pull-offs for your pictures, to enjoy the park. We even found a great place all by ourselves for lunch. AWESOME!

Yosemite is known for its uncompromising beauty. And it is an unbelievable beautiful National Park. From the moment you arrive (and it's a very long drive before you arrive...ha ha!) you're embraced in the splendor of one of the world's true natural wonders. Shear granite cliffs rise from the valley carved by glaciers (these valleys were not carved by the rivers).

Glacier Point.

Half Dome...WOW

The view at Glacier Peak was spectacular to say the least. You saw the entire Park in one panoramic and spectacular view. There simply aren't enough superlative to describe it. Again it was a long drive down a narrow windy mountain road to get there, but once you witness the view, the drive is quickly forgotten.

Glacier Point is MAGNIFICENT!
From Glacier Point lookout.

Glacier Point.

Waterfalls are around every turn. Not sure if these abundant waterfalls are present all summer or because we are here during the snow melt, but they sure are beautiful. It's hear their roar before you seem them.

Bridalveil Fall
Bridalveil Fall

Beauty everywhere we looked.
Another fall.

We enjoy having a picnic in any area we are visiting or hiking. This was no exception. We left the crowded areas and climbed up the hill and selected the perfect rock for our picnic.

Our secluded picnic site.

What a perfect place for a picnic.
So happy.

There are three National Parks in this area: Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and Yosemite. How can they all be so spectacular? How can they all be so different? They each have their own individuality. Their own uniqueness. Their own beauty. “Well, which one was your favorite?” It would be difficult for a hundred people to come to a consensuses on that question. Paul's favorite was Sequoia. Marsha's favorite was Yosemite.

So there you have it! You'll have to visit them yourself and make your own decision. We've certainly enjoyed are time in this area. We sure hope our daughters visit all these national wonders and soon! You better put it on your MUST SEE list too!

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Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y'all back real soon. Have a wonderful day.