posted by SHELLEY BRUCAR
My husband and I are just back from 2 weeks in Yosemite National Park, one of my favorite places on earth. We did some easy hikes, some fairly stenuous hikes and got up close and personal with several incredible waterfalls. I managed to fill 4 cf cards ranging from 1G to 4G, so it will take a while to go through all the photos, but today I’ll share a few from the beginning of the trip. From the moment of driving into the park, the views are absolutely beyond description. I fell in love with Yosemite almost 30 years ago, and finally returning, fell in love all over again.
For the first week, we stayed at Yosemite View Lodge in El Portal. It is right outside the park, 1 mile from the Arch Rock entrance. I would definitely stay there again. The room was large, comfortable and equipped with kitchen area, microwave, fireplace and giant-sized whirlpool tub – very much appreciated after a full day of hiking up and down mountains! As if that is not enough, there was a huge patio outside our back door which backed right up to the Merced River. Listening to the rapids at night was blissful. Not even in the park yet and it’s wonderful! Here are some images of the Merced River rapids and other views from our patio:
The weather changed often, and in the above photos you can see the morning mist rising.
As you drive into the park, which is known for some of the tallest waterfalls in the world, of course one of the first things you see is Cascade Fall, and you are surrounded by massive granite cliffs.
More to come…