I was on a business trip in January – we drove…. as in the great American road-trip. But instead of going across the country (West to East), we went South to North. The landscape north of San Francisco is great – lots of nature, green rolling hills, forested area, less densely populated that the Bay area or the LA area.
But this post is not about the urban centers of the sunshine state. No this is about a few days we enjoyed on our way back, where we stopped in Yosemite NP for a few great days of nature, hardly any people and lots of quiet.This is how the valley welcomed us as we drove in – imposing. It has been a long while since we had been to Yosemite. The park and especially this view is so ubiquitous, that when you see it in in person, one is surprised how overwhelming it feels to see it in person. The next day we went into the park and hiked up to Vernal Falls. The gentle warmth of the Winter sun made the hike perfect. he Winter sun also produces a different light, much softer, less bright and more honey golden.
….too bad, that the rest of the images are all black and white. However, I hop that they convey the beauty and serenity we experienced during our stay.
Because the park was essentially empty, we could take our time and enjoy the sights and our surroundings.
Bridal Veil Falls – it was a thin whispy vail, but nonetheless a veil
The captain “El Capitan” at sunset. El Capitan is so majestic and so iconic. I remember the first time I had heard of it, in fact the first time I heard of Yosemite, El Capitan and Half Dome. Yosemite, was an abstract concept to my 7 or 8 year old mind, like Disney World or Wonderland. But when you stand close to El Capitan and all you see is grey monolithic rock, it is literally an awesome experience. Bring binoculars, you can usually find climbers and their bivouac tents secured to and squeezed against the faces of the mountain.
I can only highly recommend visiting any of the fantastic California National Parks during non-peak times. It is absolutely worth it, especially, if you venture out and hike a bit.
Now, I say, “wear your face-mask, celebrate your Independence and stay sharp”
Yours Markus \m/