We had an unplanned trip into Yosemite National Park, situated in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. We weren’t planning on going there but the weather was good, no snow, and sunshine in the forecast so we took advantage of the window of opportunity!
As first time visitors to the park, we really didn’t know what to expect. There was only one road open due to the time of the year.
Yosemite is famed for the ‘Tunnel View’, the iconic vista of towering Bridalveil Falls and the granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome. We camped in Oakhurst. On our first afternoon we drove the 16 miles to the south entrance of the park, then went about another 30+ miles to the tunnel, when we came out on the other side this magnificent view awaited us!
Our timing couldn’t have been more perfect as we got there in time to watch the sun go down and the golden light shine against the cliffs!
At this time of year the real show was going on behind us, away from the iconic view!
The next day we packed a picnic lunch and headed up to spend the day exploring.
It is hard to think of Yosemite and not think of the great photographer Ansel Adams. He is well known for his stunning black and white images showcasing this beautiful area of the world. For most of his life Yosemite National Park was his chief source of inspiration. He was born in 1902 and his love of photography and nature began in 1916 with his first Kodak Brownie camera and his first visit to Yosemite.
It is very hard to go into this wilderness and not get in touch with your inner ‘Ansel Adams’. I had to try my hand at some black and white photography!
Inside the park is the Majestic Yosemite Hotel. Built in the 1920’s, it is listed on the National Register of Historical Places and is a National Historic Landmark.
Around every corner of this beautiful park is another stunning view!
Although we only got to see a small portion of this vast area it was a wonderful experience and only fueled our desire to try and get back at a different time of the year when more of the roads are open. Now it was time to head back down the road to the valley.
One last stop at the Tunnel View!
The clouds were moving into the valley on our way down, creating gorgeous silhouettes of the surrounding hillsides.
Until next time……