Road Trip – Yosemite

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Our original plan was to tour through Devil’s Postpile monument, but it was quite a bit further out than we realized. Instead we chose to visit Yosemite. This was our first visit to this fabulous National Park, but it won’t be the last. So much to offer here. At the base of the mountains are paths to stroll through. Many Sequoias grow here. The two trees on the right of the image above are Sequoias, which are noted for their cinnamon colored bark. Sequoias don’t get as tall as the California redwoods, but they live longer. The tallest Sequoia found so far is 379 feet. The oldest Sequoias are over 3,000 years old. They owe their long life span to its very thick tannin-rich bark, which protects them against fire and insect damage.

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The roots above are from a Sequoia that fell centuries ago. As you can see, the roots do not run deep, but they can span 150 feet wide. The width of this fallen tree was about 20 feet.

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After admiring the Sequoias at the base of Yosemite, we decided to drive up to Glacier Point. The fog was intense up there and it was quite cold of course. Kind of felt like we were on another planet.

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If you look closely you can see a structure just below the rock face. That is The Ahwahnee Hotel. I’m thinking that would be a fabulous place to stay in the summertime.

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As we began our drive back down, we came across this fabulous view so of course we stopped to take pictures.

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As we drove further down the other side of the park, we ran across a lovely meadow.

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Such delicate flowers.

8_DSC4211We were also surrounded by these beautiful leafy plants. Great texture.

Next week I’ll be sharing the last stop on our road trip. Stay tuned!

xo

 

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4 Responses to Road Trip – Yosemite

  1. seabluelee says:

    Despite being a native Californian, I’ve never been to Yosemite. The one time I got close, the park service was doing controlled burns. The air was filled with choking smoke and the park was closed. Such a disappointment! So I appreciate all the more being able to visit through your beautiful photographs. Thanks for taking us along on your road trip.

  2. Melinda says:

    I haven’t been to Yosemite for about 10 years- your photos are bringing it all back- thank you! Also- thank you for somewhere (here or on instagram- at least I think it was you. . .) mentioning Mark Nepo. The name stuck in my brain somehow- and later the same day I heard about him again in a little group I’m a part of. I bought the Book of Awakenings that day and am so grateful for finding him! I love the synchronicities and connections that bring wisdom into our lives! <3

  3. Jana says:

    Amazing- but oh no, the last stop coming up!! – Perhaps it is time for another trip soon, so enjoying my virtual vacation- JBV

  4. Cheryl says:

    Carol your photo’s of Yosemite are wonderful…we camped there for a week a few years back…actually we stayed in a cabin but you could see the outside through the walls…and thank god we didn’t know until the last day that we were living with mice all week…they got in my husband’s backpack and ate all the granola bars…
    It was so beautiful and, like you, we will go back…
    The entire area is beautiful…and if you go back, and get a chance, go to Devil’s Postpile. It was wonderful..
    Your photo’s take me back…thanks.

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