Where We Be
|Suddenly we have snow and meltwater everywhere as we drive along Tioga Road through the park
|Yosemite National Park, California
|From Tunnel View you get a stunning view of the southwest face of El Capitan to the left, Half Dome in the distance, and Bridal Veil Falls to the right
We drove 12 hours from Boulder to Las Vegas,
where we met my parents and spent two days
enjoying that one-of-a-kind city. Then we drove 10
more hours to Yosemite for a huge dose of nature.
As we approached the park, a panorama of white
peaks rose up before us and the scenery turned
stunning. The air cooled, and we went from the
incredible high heat of Vegas to actual snow by
the roadside in a single day. It was early June, the
perfect time to be visiting Yosemite: the whole
place seemed alive with rushing water. We passed
roaring rivers and huge waterfalls at every turn on
Tioga Road near the western entrance to the park.
The next day we toured Yosemite Valley and saw
all the must-see sights: Bridal Veil Falls, Yosemite
Falls, Half Dome, and El Capitan. A bonus was all
the rushing water of the Merced River, which runs
down the valley. The waterfalls were at their most
spectacular -- five of the ten tallest waterfalls in
the world are right here in the Yosemite Valley.
The following day we drove to Glacier Point, from
which you can see one quarter of the park and get
a bird's-eye view of one of the prettiest places in
the world. The overlook juts into the heart of the
valley so you can see Yosemite Falls to the left,
Half Dome dead center, and Vernal Falls and
Nevada Falls to the right. Half Dome looks like an
enormous whale breaching the water's surface.
Then it was on to Mariposa Grove at the southern
end of the park to see some of the largest living
things on Earth. Right in the parking lot were two
huge specimens. We hiked a short distance to see
the biggest of the big, the “Grizzly Giant,” with a
circumference of 21 feet and an age of 1800 years.
Fifty yards further on is California Tunnel Tree, cut
in 1895 to allow horse-drawn stagecoaches to pass
through. We were able to stand right inside the
cutout, with tons of tree towering above us.
|Cascading whitewater seems to be everywhere at this time of year in Yosemite
|I've never seen the sky quite so rippled with white and blue as in this photo
|Half Dome is probably Yosemite's most familiar rock formation
|During our evening drive to Hech Hechy Reservoir, in addition to the pretty scenery we came across a mother black bear and her yearling foraging in a meadow
|From this angle, Half Dome (left) looks like an enormous whale breaching the water's surface
|From Glacier Point you can see one quarter of the park and get a bird's-eye view of Yosemite Valley
|Completely blocking the view of Half Dome!
|View of Yosemite Falls from Glacier Point
|June has to be one of the prettiest months to visit Yosemite what with the rushing water, fresh greenery, blue skies, warm weather, and blooming flowers
|Robin stands in front of the Grizzly Giant sequoia, perhaps the world's largest iiving thing
|Looking up -- way up -- at the Grizzly Giant
|That's a lot of rings -- the still-standing Grizzly Giant is estimated to be 1800 years old!
|California Tunnel Tree, carved in 1895 and still standing
|The Sierra Nevadas rise up ahead of us, a welcome respite from the heat of Las Vegas
|Bridal Veil Falls runs at full volume in early June
|Five of the world's ten tallest waterfalls are in Yosemite
|We stayed at Evergreen Lodge on the western border of Yosemite
|Happy to be traveling together again
|Our favorite traveling companions!