Week 4 Days 27-29 We know we wrote about Grand Canyon being the “granddaddy” of them all, but, after three days in Yosemite we want to temper that a bit. This being both Lynn and my first trip to Yosemite, we found it absolutely gorgeous. It seemed to invite further exploration everywhere we turned. Our early Memorial Day start from Fresno paid big dividends. One definitely needs a plan to tour Yosemite. We arrived at our target parking lot and ten minutes later the Park Service declared it “FULL” with a 2-hour wait!
Earl and Ethel capture three main photos: Tunnel View, Bridal Veil Fall, and Glacier Point. All three are part of any top five “don’t miss” list for Yosemite. We remain in awe on how these two young travelers knew about these prime locations and how to get to them. Tunnel View captures the depth and breadth of the 7-mile-long by ¾ mile wide Yosemite Valley flanked by 2,000 to 3000-foot-tall granite canyon walls on either side. Tunnel View is at an overlook located at tunnel exit on one of the three roads leading into the valley.
Bridal Veil Fall is the first of many large waterfalls that one sees traveling further into the valley. Their photograph of Bridal Veil Fall was highly appropriate for a young couple on their honeymoon!
When I first saw Earl and Ethel’s Glacier Point photo I was dumbfounded as to how they took it? As mentioned, we knew very little about the park. It seemed to us that their photo was taken from airplane or if not, then certainly at the top of a high mountain. How did they get so high? Only later on researching the park did we learn that trips to Glacier Point have been part of the Yosemite “package” since the late 1800’s. Early travelers would take days on horse-drawn wagons to reach the same location. We complained when we traveled the twisty-turning 30-mile from our hotel in about an hour!
We saw many other wonders in our three-day visit. We share a few without digressing too much from our main story.