Monday, April 5, 2010

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National ParkWe have lately been getting into National Parks, both in the U.S. and even other countries. We went to Yellowstone last week with some friends and we had a great time. My wife is really interested in nature and she absolutely loves to take pictures of wildlife with her camera. She has about a million pictures of mountains covering nearly an entire wall, so we generally pick National Parks that are loaded with high and low terrain. Anyhow we were looking through a list of some of the most popular parks in the U.S. when we realized we had never been to Yosemite National Park in California.

Now this time we decided not to drive all the way across the country, instead we took a plane to an airport and we stopped at the closest Dollar Rental Car which happened to be directly in the terminal. We rented a Ford Escape to carry all our gear and went straight to our lodging. Now when I say lodging I really mean a lodge. We had read about nearly twenty places you could stay that was close to the park and above all the campgrounds and hotels in the Yosemite Valley are wooden cabins. We endeavored to stay in one of these for the entire three days we would be staying.

The mountains were beautiful, as we made our way to our lodge you could see them in the distance and when you finally got underneath these snowcapped giants it was just breathtaking. We ended up stopping every mile to get a picture of valley after valley and when we finally got to our room we were exhausted.

We spent the next three days hiking and relaxing in the beautiful woods. We decided not to take a tour this time, and unfortunately we really couldn’t travel all 1,200 square miles of this incredibly scenic park. The lakes and mountains are a perfect contrast, I would assume all year round it really is the beautiful. If we ever get a chance to go back to Yosemite National Park we will, I wouldn’t mind stopping in here if we were ever in California again.


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