Today was the first day that we didn’t spend the majority of the day in the car. Thank the Lord! It was so great to get outdoors! And what a place!
It is such a big place you really have to plan your day well. Bringing plenty of water is essential. They gave us a map plus a newspaper full of information on the park – shuttle times, places to go, hikes in different parts of the park and how long and difficult they were. I let Pedro carry all of the water minus what I could carry in my hand and filled my backpack with Keen outdoor sandals and camera lenses.
Yosemite National Park has been around even longer than the National Parks Service has been in existence (this year is the 100th birthday for the parks service). The land was handed over to the state of California all the way back in 1864 by Abraham Lincoln.
What a spectacular piece of land it is! It is hard to capture such an incredible feeling and scenery in a photograph.
We started the day with an hour and a half drive into the park and made it just in time to take the 2 hour tour around the major sites. It was a bit hotter and sunnier than we expected and I got a bit sunburned. Oops… After we finished that and had ourselves some lunch, we decided on a hike to one of the many waterfalls in the park. It was a bit strenuous as most of it was uphill climbing but the views were worth every step!
Overall it was an exhausting day but for the best of reasons! I’d go back again in a heartbeat! So glad we got the opportunity to experience this place.