Our second day in Yosemite started slow. We took our time enjoying the buffet breakfast. Watched the Merced river ran its gentle course. Talked to some of the locals and visitors alike.
Finally, we have relaxed… We will be here in the next few days after all. So there’s no reason to rush. Those were my thoughts at that time.
So let’s go down memory lane together through this photo essay. 🙂
Please click on the pictures below to enlarge. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
The view from our balcony.
A portion of the restaurant. Beside the river.
The buffet breakfast was composed of sausage and bacon, bread, biscuits, french toast, pancakes, fruits, eggs, yogurt, etc. It was filling and very good.
After breakfast, we proceeded to the park. This entrance is about 5 minutes away from our hotel. We bought the park pass called “America The Beautiful” for $80.00 as we can use it in any National Parks all over the U.S. for one year.
This rock was near the park gate. And this is where you pass, going inside Yosemite. 🙂
About 15 minutes of beautiful sceneries and tall pine trees…
The Yosemite Falls in all its majestic beauty, will welcome you…
We parked at the designated parking space and started to walk… Oh before I forget, watch for the parking signs. Or you might get caught and ticketed.
We visited during spring. And it was still cold. So do not forget to layer.
Following the pathway, we started walking to the waterfalls…
Stopped for some photo ops, of course. What kind of vacation would it be without pictures right? ha ha
Passed through Yosemite Village.
And the Visitor’s Center.
Proceeded to the Yosemite Museum and watched the short movie inside.
Moving on, we followed the trail to the waterfalls again.
I sat down, watched and listened to the thundering sound of the falls and the noisy birds around me. Believe me, that was an awesome feeling. I wish I am back there now. Just thinking about it brought a smile to my face.
A few more minutes of walking, we finally reached our destination.
The view of the Lower Falls, while standing at the bridge.
Despite the bright sunlight, the snow was still thick near the falls.
More photo ops. Bear with me… 🙂 The place is so beautiful and we have no snow in the Philippines!
From Yosemite Falls, we took the shuttle service going to Mirror Lake.
The hop on- hop off shuttle is free. And it is the easiest way to enjoy the park. Just keep your maps with you and look for the shuttle stops.
Okay from the shuttle drop off to the lake and back is 3.2 kilometers. So be sure to wear comfortable shoes. Bring water and food too, if you like.
It may be a long walk, but you will not feel it, because the view along the way is very pretty. The Tenaya Creek is right beside you. You can hear its gentle sound and be able to enjoy it on the way to the lake.
Boulder such as this one is pretty normal on this trail.
Mirror Lake , at last…
This lake is at its fullest on spring time and early summer. The water , during our visit , was very calm. Hence, the beautiful reflection of its surroundings.
More details of this lake can be found here –
My most favorite capture of this lake.
With the view of The Half Dome and its reflection on this crystal clear water.
I found this little girl playing in the water , so cute… 🙂
Thanks to the hubby for this lovely memory.
Going back to the shuttle stop, I noticed this part of the lake. Isn’t that beautiful?
This has been a tiring day. We spent most of it walking to both the Lower Falls Trail and the Mirror Lake Trail. But it was so worth it. I would do it all over again, given the chance. I wonder how it is there on winter or fall? I am sure Yosemite National Park is amazing whichever season you visit there.
My only regret is that I wasn’t able to see its famous Frazil ice. Maybe next time. 🙂
At the hotel , after such a long day, we treated ourselves with an early but sumptuous dinner. I ordered baby back ribs for me. While the hubby ordered steak. Both were really delicious.
Thanks for traveling with us everyone. Hopefully, I will be able to write the next installment soon.
Ciao for now! 🙂