YOSEMITE

It’s that time of the week… A blog post update from me. I hope you all are doing well and are enjoying the beginning of this fresh October Monday. Make sure to take some time for yourself this week, whether that be in reading a book, writing your own blog post, or catching a breath of fresh air.

And speaking of fresh air…

This past weekend I had the amazing opportunity to go to Yosemite National Park in Northern California. For those of you who don’t know, Yosemite is the States’ biggest national park and was crucial in the development of the National Parks system as well. During my research on the park, I learned that Yosemite is about the size of Rhode Island, and it sure felt like it.

Keep close to nature’s heart… And break away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. –John Muir

Yosemite is proof that things really can make more sense in the wild ruggedness of nature, and here are a few of my favorite snapshots of my one day in Yosemite.


1. SEVEN HOUR HIKE? Nothing.

What was supposed to be a three hour hike eventually turned into a seven hour ordeal, and my body will not recover for the next few days. The culprit?

The Four Mile Hike that connects two of Yosemite’s best features: Yosemite Valley and Glacier Point.

This hike was arduous, tough, and breathtaking (in more ways than one). First off, I was not prepared for the higher field elevation, and I’m not the most athletic person in the world (according to some hehe). That being said, the hike up the mountain was, needless to say, rigorous–and worth it.

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View of Glacier Point (Yosemite National Park, California)

About a half mile from Glacier Point, a couple passed me by and jokingly told me that I should have driven to the top of the mountain. I laughed, not understanding that one can actually drive to the top. Though I was pretty upset at first (five miles up a mountain is a killer), I realized that there is something in being able to complete a hike like this using your own two legs (and a few Lunchables, jokes from friends, and chugs of water).


2. A RETURN TRIP IS NECESSARY

Yosemite is one of those places that cannot be seen in just one day. There’s too much going on, and each view is different. One second the sun is bright and burning, and the next there’s a thunderstorm booming across the distance.

This is the truth of nature: There is balance in the unpredictable. If things were always set in stone, then where would the fun be?

I plan on returning to Yosemite one day, and I hope you can also check it out in the future. There are aspects of this park for everyone.

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Somehow I climbed this mountain

3. ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN

In a place like Yosemite National Park, anything can (and will) happen. Random quail bouncing across the trail? Check. Prank your friend with a backpack full of rocks? Check. A rainbow on your trek down the mountain? Check.

If you take the first step, you’ll find that the possibilities are endless, as long as you bring water and a friend (or five of them).

🙂

–K.

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I mean, why not?
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17 thoughts on “YOSEMITE”

  1. I LOVE Yosemite, and have been there a few times, but I am a wee bit older than you, being of the senior persuasion at nearly 77 come November, so I am not as likely to do it hiking as you, but I admire people who can do it, for it is really important to make these trips as memorable as you can, and this is definitely a good way to do it if you are able. Every time I see photos of Yosemite, it gives me chills for I do love it so much!

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    1. I’m so glad you’ve been! There is so much amazing beauty there. What is your favorite part of Yosemite? I’d love to go again and spend more than a day exploring the best parts.

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      1. I like the Bridal Falls best, and the beautiful view you have of the overall park when you are in some locations. Can you imagine how the first people to ever find it must have felt when they saw it? Wow!!! I also liked the beautiful lodge, though never stayed there. There is a beautiful meadow. I took my dogs out of the car on a leash, and saw a snake nearby, and suspected it was a rattler, so I hightailed it back to the car, for I did not want them to get bitten. I saw a bear on the side of one of the mountains too but it was not too close. The whole thing is so beautiful. Thank you again for sharing. I guess I would enjoy getting to walk down into the canyon, and camping down at the bottom, but I don’t know that I could make it back up again, or even to the bottom. Would be delightful though.

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      2. Wow, thank you for the tip! I will definitely check out Bridal Falls. And no… It is crazy to imagine that one day people did discover something as wildly beautiful as Yosemite! Wow, a rattler… No thank you! I guess I didn’t realize there were snakes there either. 🙂 Nature is amazing and unpredictable, that is for sure.

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  2. Yosemite is one of my favorite places in the world. Our family used to camp every year in the valley campgrounds. When that became too hard to win the lottery for we joined the High Sierra Camp circuit annually- Hiking each day to the next camp with water and lunch while the bulk is transported by pack mules- Those are some grand memories- Thank you for reminding me of this majestic gift to anyone who can get there

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      1. I just tried to find information and the program seems to have been discontinued, There are hikes from the Tuolumne Meadows to the where they used to provide accommodation in tent cabins, looks like you can get permits to camp using your own gear

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