Yosemite Rocks

We left Pesto resting at the tranquil waters of the marina in Richmond and went inland for a couple of days on a family tour.

It was the first time we left Pesto since the start of this Journey. We were anxious.

But the destination was well worth it – we visited the Yosemite National Park.

I had heard of Yosemite since we first lived in the US some 15 years ago. But distance, lack of time and money all conspired against and it ended up being an unfulfilled plan for both of us.

Not this time around, though.

The idea came by chance one day as I was browsing the internet and it occurred to me the park should not be too far from where we were. Indeed, it was just over 200 miles inland. That was a definite Go.

We left Pesto late afternoon and did most of the drive up there at night. So, when we went to bed at the Cedar Lodge, just 10 miles from the Park’s entrance, we didn’t know much what to expect the next day (I had purposefully downplayed their expectations a bit).

The next day broke as forecast – perfect blue sky, 0% chance of rain, mild temperature.

The Park is huge, and the area we focused our visit was the Yosemite Valley. This area is essentially a canyon 700-1,000 ft deep that was carved on solid granite rocks by a glacier approximately a million years ago. The valley is located at the very bottom of the canyon, and the Park’s access road goes right through it. As we drove in to the park, the scenery opened up before our eyes, first slowly, and all of a sudden we had all of it – the stunning views of the granite rock formations to each side of us.

We spent most of the day at the valley, hiking, biking and taking pictures. Afterwards we drove one hour via a winding road that took us to the top of the canyon, where we could see the sun set over the valley from a privileged position.

I think it is fair to say this was one of the most beautiful places we have ever seen. I will let the pictures tell the rest of the story:

Early morning at the lodge. Little did we know what was in store for us that day.
Early morning at the lodge. Little did we know what was in store for us that day.
As we drove into the Park, the arid scenario was replaced by a lush forest.
As we drove into the Park, the arid scenario was replaced by a lush forest.
The park's features started to reveal themselves slowly at first ...
The park’s features started to reveal themselves slowly at first …
... until we realized we were driving within 1,000ft vertical granite cliffs
… until we realized we were driving within 1,000ft vertical granite cliffs, some of them right above our heads.
And the, after a sharp curve, we saw the whole thing. I think we all skipped a heartbeat at that moment.
And then, after a sharp curve, we saw the whole thing. I think we all skipped a heartbeat at that moment.

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We went for a visitor center and rented bikes - for sure the most picturesque bike ride that we've ever had!
We went for the visitor center and rented bikes – for sure the most picturesque bike ride that we’ve ever had!
We though the kids might complain of the extra workout, but they were really excited.
We thought the kids might complain of the extra workout, but they were really excited.

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The beauty of this place is impossible to describe, and the images don't do justice to it either.
The beauty of this place is hard to describe, and the images don’t do justice to it either.
And, as if the geography and flora weren't enough, fauna there is also abundant and well used to tourists. These deer were foraging and didn't even bother to Adriana almost touching them as she took this picture.
And, as if the geography and flora weren’t enough, fauna there is also abundant and well used to tourists. These deer were foraging and didn’t even bother to Adriana almost touching them as she took this picture.

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Well, but some times $%## happens - even in places like this. We had stopped at  a river to check the water temperature. Raquel fell into the water, took me with her, and I took the camera with me. With our egos bruised (there were other people watching), our clothes damp, and the camera ruined, it got a bit moody for maybe an hour after the incident.
Well, but some times $%## happens – even in places like this. We had stopped at a river to check the water temperature. Raquel fell into the water, took me with her, and I took the camera with me. With our egos bruised (there were other people watching), our clothes damp, and the camera ruined, I got a bit moody for maybe an hour after the incident.
The vistas along the way were breathtaking.
Later on, we drove up a winding road, which cuts through the granite walls at some points, and took us to the top of the cliffs, 1,000ft above the valley. The vistas along the way were breathtaking.
Raquel "posing" at the top of the cliff.
Raquel “posing” at the top of the cliff.
We stayed there for a while, watching the sunset colors tint the huge granite rocks with its golden tones.
We stayed there for a while, watching the sunset colors tint the huge granite rocks with its golden tones.
And with that, we completed an amazing day. One that had not been planned in advance, nor expected at all. Another special gift of this Journey. Yosemite rocks !!!
And with that, we completed an amazing day. One that had not been planned in advance, nor expected at all. Another special gift of this Journey. Yosemite rocks !!!

5 Replies to “Yosemite Rocks”

  1. Querido Alex, se los ve a todos muy bien!!! lo bueno de no planificar es eso….Un fuerte abrazo.

    Note: El Lugar y paisaje son INCREIBLES!!!

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