Yosemite National Park

On October 1, 1890 thanks to the efforts of John Muir, over 750,000 acres surrounded by the Sierra and Stanislaus National Forests became Yosemite National Park. The park is incredibly diverse and includes lakes, streams, granite cliffs, waterfalls, meadows, plants, towering trees, animals and much more.

Yosemite Falls

We visited in April, 2018 and the weather was lovely. A bit chilly in the mornings and evenings, but sunny, clear and absolutely perfect for hiking and exploring.

Tunnel View is one of the iconic scenes in the park. This scene took my breath away when I first saw it in the misty, morning light.

Tunnel View

Half Dome Rock is a granite dome at the eastern end of the park. It was first ascended by George Anderson in 1875, and is still a popular spot today for rock climbers.

Half Dome Rock

There are an abundance of hiking trails in the park offering beautiful views. As we wandered through a pretty meadow, we saw a group of picnickers sprawled out on blankets, with binoculars, oohing and aahing at the side of a cliff. We turned and realized that they were watching a group of rock climbers ascend a rock wall. We stopped to watch as well. The climbers are far more brave than I am! I prefer the spectator spot for this sport.

Brave climbers!

You’ll find beautiful vistas in every direction.

Sketch courtesy of theTravelsketcher

There are many options for accommodations in the park including inns, lodges, camping and yurts. We stayed at Wawona Lodge, formerly Big Tree Lodge. This charming Victorian Era hotel opened in the 1850s, and is only 20 miles from Tunnel View.

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. John Muir

There are over 400 national parks in the US and US territories, and I have been fortunate to have visited perhaps twenty of these; I’ve just barley scratched the surface. I hope to visit many more now that I am officially retired! 🙂

As always, please leave a comment, I would love to hear from you.

Stay safe and healthy,


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  1. We gasped too the first time we saw those stunning walls too. These are gorgeous pictures that do the scenery justice. We did a bit of climbing too, nothing g too difficult but enough that we could say we climbed in the climbing mecca. Maggie

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  2. Yosemite is just a dream in my mind’s eye. Really hope we can get there ourselves one day. Stunning images and I’m totally with you on rock climbing as a “spectator” sport. Appreciated the John Muir stuff too, what an incredible man he was.

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. John Muir was truly remarkable. There’s a Ken Burns documentary about the history of the US national parks and the influence John Muir had on their creation. I highly recommend it if you can access it. Thanks for your comment!

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  3. Wow, it’s just so beautiful – we just have nothing like that in the UK, and it makes me want to hop on a plane right now. It’s great you’re retired as well to be able to explore more of the parks, I’m still a way off but wish I could retire tomorrow and spend the rest of my days travelling 🙂

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