Ever since I saw the black and white images of Yosemite from the talented Ansel Adams, I knew I had to visit this park. Not only to take a shot from the same place as he did, but to also soak up the amazing beauty of Yosemite. And it really was amazing – a coffee table book of beautiful images, so familiar yet so new.
I was so determined to visit during this trek up California, that we even bought chains for our car – just in case the weather turned. We got lucky and the day we went had a beautiful weather day – nice and crisp and sunny!
It’s hard to say what I liked seeing most. Both Yosemite and Bridal Falls
were still impressive in the winter. Half Dome was amazing to see close up and of course the towering El Capitan.
Samantha’s vote is our side trip up to Badger Pass
so she could run & play in the snow like a puppy. Keith’s favorite view was from the spot where John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt sat and discussed the natural national treasures we have. A small unassuming sign marks the spot on the way into the park.
I have to say the thing I ended up being most excited about was the Mariposa Sequoia Grove.
The road is usually closed this time of year but because of the low snow levels, it was accessible & we ended up seeing Sequoia’s after all!
(Sequoia National Park still remains on our must return to list).
And yes, Yosemite is also placed on our return list – even though crowds are there in the summer, more roads are open so… – darn it! We will have to come back to the area…. I can’t wait.