A visit to Yosemite National Park


El Capitan

A few years back, my wife and I took a vacation in California. The trip started in San Diego, and included stops in San Francisco, Yosemite, and Napa Valley. We were there in the fall (September or October) which meant it was cool down in the valley, but cold up in the mountains. We drove from San Francisco up through the steep winding roads of rt 120 to the Yosemite Valley. When we arrived we had to watch the “Don’t leave food in your car” video which depicts a bear ripping a compact car apart to get at the food.  The extent of the damage is quite amazing as one bear rips off the door and takes out the back seat to get into the trunk.  It makes the Jaws of Life look like a toy.

We spent two days touring the park walking through the redwood forest, and taking in the sites. From what we were told, spring is the best time to visit. When the snow thaws in the spring, the waterfalls are in full splendor. As it was, we were still very impressed. Majestic mountain peaks, waterfalls, crystal blue mountain lakes, salmon filled streams, and towering redwoods all added to the rugged beauty of this park.

If you get a chance to visit, I highly recommend the trip.

(Click on the photo for a slide show of Yosemite)


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