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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Yosemite National Park


We had originally planned on camping in Yosemite but had to change our plans with the government shutdown. Good news though, we were still in the area just 80 miles south of Tioga Pass and the west entrance to Yosemite when the shutdown ended on Thursday October 17. Yeah! Our plan was back on, except for the camping in the park part of it.

I will admit upfront that trying to see all of Yosemite in a day is foolhardy – and we knew that. Yet, we had never been there and really wanted to see it. So, on Friday we decided to make a long day trip in our Honda Fit – we packed a lunch and off we went. A couple of days before on our drive south on US 395, the hills had been filled with fall color. But the extreme cold of the past couple of days put an end to that. Still the drive up Tioga Pass into Yosemite and along Tioga Road to Yosemite Valley was spectacular all the same. The drive down into the Valley yielded one breathtaking view after another.

Getting to see Half Dome, El Capitan, and Bridalveil Falls (even without much water) was extraordinary. We stopped at the visitors’ center and caught a well-done, visually beautiful movie covering the history and sites of the park. Because of the shutdown the park was not very crowded and for that we were thankful. In all honesty, we can’t imagine what it must be like (and don’t want to experience it) at the height of the tourist season.

While we would have loved to spend a lot more time exploring this magnificent park we were very happy to have spent the day getting a brief glimpse of the wonders it has to offer – I am sure we will be back.

Like in some of our recent posts the pictures will tell the rest of the story.

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