Yosemite National Park Journals

Yosemite - Granite Grandeur!

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A travel journal to Yosemite National Park by jmineo

Glacier Point Trail Hike Photo, Yosemite National Park, California More Photos
Quote: Felt the need to create a journal exclusively to the beauty and grandeur of Yosemite National Park. Living in Merced CA four years, we had the opportunity for two trips to this landmark icon.

Yosemite - Granite Grandeur!

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Overview

Yosemite National Park  Photo, Yosemite National Park, California
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Exquisite photo ops! Take lots of film and plan on unannounced visitors, everything from deer to raccoons, and hopefully no hungry bears. El Capitan is a must, as are Glacier Point and Mile High Vista (for views), Half Dome, Tenaya Lake, and Mammoth Pools.Quick Tips: Do not plan on just a day trip. This park requires at least one overnight of camping, to explore hiking trails, take pictures and get the feel of nature's beauty. Camping is the way to go, either by way of renting a motor home, hauling a trailer, or cramming your trunk with campsite equipment. CAUTION: No place is sacred from theft! One of our friends had his tools stolen out of his Chevyn Suburban while he was out taking a...Read More

Glacier Point Trail Hike

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Attraction | "Glacier Point"

Glacier Point Trail Hike Photo, Yosemite National Park, California
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As you'd imagine, driving up to Glacier Point is quite windy, and could be tough if your loaded down in an economy class car. Glacier View is probably the best panoramic view you can expect to get while at Yosemite. Our first glimpse of Half Dome took our breath away. It's one thing to read about it and see someone else's pictures or postcards. It's another thing to experience this magnificent view for yourself. This was the first time either of us had visited the park, but we know it won't be our last. From Glacier Point we could see Half Dome, Yosemite Valley, Nevada and Vernal Falls, the Granite Arches and the far reaches of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It was truly awesome. At th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 9, 2001

Glacier Point Trail Hike
Southside Drive
Yosemite National Park, California 95389
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Mammoth Pools

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Attraction

Mammoth Pools Photo, Yosemite National Park, California
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Mammoth Pools is an excellent example of what happens to granite over the years. Over the years he reservoir levels created a stairs effect at the edge of the lakes. From the Mile High Vista, we could see the Mammoth Pools down in the valley. We noticed then the lakes seemed to have a white rim around them. When we drove all the way down to the edge of the lakes, what had appeared as a small rock rim actually turned out to be 150-200 feet of stepped rock wall. We found out later that the government actually drops the level of Mammoth Pools during fall to make way for the anticipated ice and snow melt. This is the ideal time to see the circling granite rings around the pools. The reservoir is stocke...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 9, 2001

Mammoth Pools
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park, California

Tenaya Lake

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Attraction | "Tanaya Lake"

Tenaya Lake Photo, Yosemite National Park, California
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One of our favorite drives took us over the Tioga Pass Road to the east entrance to Yosemite. Along the way, we paused to reflect at beautiful Tenaya Lake. The water was so clear and still, you could easily see the stones on the bottom of the lake. We hiked around most of the lake and felt the peacefulness of this spot seep into our souls. All along the roads, massive granite cliffs and faces surrounded us. Plenty of opportunities for photo shoots! Also an excellent area to picnic off the side of the road.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 9, 2001

Tenaya Lake
Mirror Lake
Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite Valley

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Attraction

Yosemite Valley Photo, Yosemite National Park, California
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While exploring Yosemite, you'll invariably be traveling in and around the valley, where you'll see some of the most striking views of granite formations as they offer towering views from the side of the road. Stop often to take pictures, or else you'll be straining to see the tops while you're driving. We noticed quite a few cars swerving within their lane to capture key glimpses. While exploring the Yosemite Valley, we of course had to pause to admire El Capitan, another famous icon of the park.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 9, 2001

Yosemite Valley
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park, California

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes words are worth many pictures. For those of you never having experienced the grandeur of Yosemite, close your eyes and imagine the sunshine. It is strong for the day after our first wakeup. It feels warm on your skin and in your face. The rock surfaces around us were all warmed up to make it comfortable to sit or lay down to stretch your muscles. Laying on the rock looking straight up into the sky, you'll see that unique light blue color of the sky with a few fast moving soft clouds travelling by. While staring into the sky and your imagination starts seeing things in the clouds, you'll be surrounded by the sound of the fast moving water and...Read More

The Camping Experience

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Our camping experience included everything from making a camp fire, making a perfect charcoal fire in the grill, preparing a dinner meal, no let me correct that, it wasn't a meal, a feast would be a better description. It turned out to be six courses of wonderful tastes, a celebration for our taste buds, a gourmet's delight. Amazing how much of a difference my wife made on this trip - almost turned out to be a gastronomic experience shadowing the grandeur of Yosemite itself. It is that special woman's touch they add. The whole banquette lasted from 7pm till 11pm. Some of the many highlights were grilled fish paste patties, ribs, potatoes that we perfectly browned in the fire, tofu-like bean-based squa...Read More

Harrowing Hike Up Halfdome

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We were up the next morning by 8 am for our momentous hike up Halfdome. After a hearty breakfast of ham and eggs we locked our camping gear in the trunk and drove to the base as close as we could get. From the base, the trail goes along a stream which widens and moves less quickly. It's a flat walk and more peaceful and relaxing than any other piece of the trail. It's mostly in the shade and the air is filled with the typical pine forest smell which also happens to be one of my favorite outdoor smells. But just as other good things end, the flat nice piece of trail eventually leaves the stream behind and starts going uphill towards the ultimate goal. I was hoping but not expecting that the my wife w...Read More