But For the Sky
28Dec/15Off

Adventuring in Beautiful Yosemite National Park

Given all the international travel we've done and every country that's still on our list, sometimes it's easy to forget the incredible places that can be found within the enormous and varied country we live in. Our National Park system is the envy of the rest of the world, and there may be no more impressive park than Yosemite. The massive park in Northern California has held intrigue for both of us for many years, so when my parents suggested a family trip to celebrate their 35th anniversary and my father's 65th birthday, we eagerly booked our second trip of the summer, only a few weeks after our grand Italy tour.

The park is as vast as it is beautiful, and while the valley floor is accessible by car, bringing you up close to the massive rock formations and waterfalls the park is famous for, the much more dramatic and impressive way to experience the park is by trekking throughout the endless hills, lakes, and meadows of the "high country". Our itinerary included a three-day backpacking adventure off Tioga Road in the northern part of the park through some lovely lakes and meadows surrounded by impressive granite peaks, so our first view of the park's iconic fixtures was from from afar, and I must say that viewing them from a few miles away and from different vantages gave a sense of the scale and beauty of the place that's a bit lost on the crowds just viewing the sights from their cars on the valley floor. The Park only gives out a limited number of backpacking permits, which means more planning for the visitor up front but we were rewarded with a prime camping spot on the shore of a lake that we had entirely to ourselves, with the exception of some marmots and many birds. The remainder of our trip was spent with family in a beautiful house just outside the park, taking day hikes, swimming, climbing up waterfalls, and relaxing with late afternoon gin and tonics.

Words can only do so much to explain this dramatic and singular piece of land, and pictures are only slightly better, but they're the best we can provide.

Trailhead Selfie

Trailhead Selfie

Marmot

Marmot

Half Dome and Yosemite Valley from Cloud's Rest

Half Dome and Yosemite Valley from Cloud's Rest

Us at Cloud's Rest Summit

Us at Cloud's Rest Summit

Sunset over Sunrise Lake #2

Sunset over Sunrise Lake #2

Long Meadow

Long Meadow

Cathedral Spire

Cathedral Spire

Family in front of Cathedral Spire

Family in front of Cathedral Spire

Tunnel View

Tunnel View

Megan and Jordan at Lower Yosemite Falls

Megan and Jordan at Lower Yosemite Falls

Climbers on El Capitan

Climbers on El Capitan

Half Dome Sunset from Sentinel Dome

Half Dome Sunset from Sentinel Dome

Old Tree!

Old Tree!

Lower Cathedral Lake

Lower Cathedral Lake

Prime Hammock Placement at Sunrise Lake #2

Prime Hammock Placement at Sunrise Lake #2

 

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Posted by Nick