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.
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.
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.
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.
As we began our drive back down, we came across this fabulous view so of course we stopped to take pictures.
As we drove further down the other side of the park, we ran across a lovely meadow.
Such delicate flowers.
Next week I’ll be sharing the last stop on our road trip. Stay tuned!