National Parks – Yosemite 2017-09-24T21:33:24-07:00

Breathless Beauty

I’m Ozy and she’s Cat. We live in Southern California but once upon a time we were only a couple of hours from Yosemite and would visit several times a year. I miss that convenience.

Yosemite National Park is one of my favorite destinations in California. It’s absolutely amazing. Hiking in the park really puts life in perspective. To me it shows the grandeur of nature and reminds me how short my existence is compared to the longevity of the park. In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln placed Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove under a public trust of California. Then in 1890, Congress officially made Yosemite a National Park. We can thank John Muir for spearheading the campaign for the parks protection. Because of this, we can all enjoy this beautiful part of nature.

Below is a list of some of the famous areas in Yosemite and a must for anyone visiting the park.

One of the great things about Yosemite is that there is water everywhere. And fortunately you can go into the water, however be cautious and be smart. There are numerous places to dip your feet in the water and a few places to actually swim. Remember never get in the water if it is moving fast. Spring is not the time to get wet. The water is moving way too fast and that makes it dangerous. Mid to late summer the water slows down and many places are safe to cool off. Remember the water is always cold, it’s snow run-off after all. Bring a change of clothes and a good towel and enjoy a dip.

Half-Dome is an amazing site. Millennia ago this massive rock was a circle. One-half sheered off and created this icon natural monument. Every year the face is tackled and defeated by world class rock climbers.

The park is filled with wonderful hiking trails. Many start within conveniently located parking lots. Most trails are well cared for, clean, and easily hiked.

For many people visiting the park Yosemite Valley and Wawona are the two main stopping points. The two areas are about an hour from each other. Yosemite Village and Curry Village are both located in Yosemite Valley. Of these two villages, Yosemite Village is the largest and main village. Curry Village is the area where many rock climbers start. Wawona is the area of Yosemite where you access the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoya trees like the ones below.

Cat O.

Ozy O.

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