It was still dark when I woke up that day. So I just answered emails while waiting for the sun to come out. Early bird catches the worm , they say. In my case, the earlier I can finish my work, the faster I can prepare for our 3rd day in YNP. Yes, I work even when I am on vacation. That’s the beauty of technology these days. I can work anywhere as long as there’s internet. 🙂 In fairness, the wifi worked pretty well at the lodge despite the fact that we were surrounded with mountains.
We left for the park after breakfast. The short drive was certainly refreshing. I loved its winding roads , verdant valleys, waterfalls rushing brought about by spring… The whole experience was as amazing as it can get.
Since we arrived early, there was no crowd yet. In fact, the place looked deserted. We parked near the El Capitan overlook. From this area, “The Captain” loomed above us. I stood in awe. The silence and the beauty of the place gave me goosebumps. I am grateful to God for the chance to commune with nature. And for showing me his beautiful creation.
It was cold. And yet we didn’t seem to mind it. The hubby and I loved every bit of it.
As I turned around, I saw the Bridal Veil Falls behind us.
Instead of walking towards it, we decided to visit it before going back to the hotel later.
Our next stop, the Sentinel Bridge and Cook’s Meadow.
This is a short but gorgeous trail. Look at the pictures and tell me otherwise.
With El Capitan behind me. Cook’s Meadow, the Merced River and Yosemite Waterfalls infront of me. How awesome is that? 🙂
I looked like a dwarf here. But who cares. ha ha
After the Sentinel area, we drove towards Tunnel View. But then we saw something really interesting..
People were climbing El Capitan. They looked so small compared to this 2,308 meter monolith rock!
Look how tall El Capitan is, behind me. You can’t even see the climbers without a long lens camera.
Behind me on the picture below is the Cathedral Rock. It can be found right across El Capitan. The meadow here is perfect for picnicking. 🙂
Moving on, we saw this beautiful pond. So we stopped again for some photo ops. I guess it goes without saying that you should travel with someone who loves you. Because if he/she doesn’t, this wouldn’t be as fun. ha ha… Imagine the patience of my husband. Thank God!
So thankful to him for this memory. 🙂
And thanks to the kind people who took this picture of us. 🙂
Further ahead, we saw Fern Springs. This spring travels mostly under the Valley Rim. The Indians who lived here in the past called this spring, the Source of Life.
From Fern Spring, we started our ascent towards Tunnel View.
I do not like high mountain roads but this one wasn’t scary. It didn’t freak me out like Going to the Sun Road of Glacier National Park in Montana. I will always congratulate myself for having gone through that road. Sounds crazy right? But when you have a fear of height, you will understand. 🙂
Okay, so back to the present.
This panoramic vista is found at The Tunnel View.
It is called as such because this is the view that you will find after crossing this tunnel…
Ahh… of course, here we are again. 🙂
The hubby took this picture of the road going down. Yes, we were that high.
From Tunnel View, we went back down and proceeded to Bridal Veil Falls Trail.
This is also a short trail. But you need to be careful since it’s wet. Water drippings from the hikers and the mist coming from the falls are enough to get you soaked.
This beautiful river is just beside the trail going up to the falls.
Like I said, the mist will get you soaked. Look at the dots on the camera lens.
Reminder: Please do not climb on the rocks. It is very slippery.
By the time we were ready to leave, the parking spaces were already full. The park was full packed!
Near this parking space, I ran toward the bridge and took a picture of Half Dome and the Merced River.
If you go back to my Day 2 entry of YNP, you will see Half Dome better near the Mirror Lake.
On our way out of the park, we stopped several times to enjoy the view.
I loved the combination of the mountains , (I think it’s El Capitan and the 3 brothers with Ribbon Falls) , and the Merced River.
The Bridal Veil Falls view across the Merced River.
This one shows how dangerous nature can be as well. The sign below showed how deep the river was on January 2, 1997. Scary huh?!
I stopped counting the parks waterfalls. It seemed like wherever you look, they are there. If you ask me, I think there are at least 100 waterfalls in Yosemite National Park. Some are smaller but some are as big as this one.
Going back to the lodge. Isn’t that beautiful?
Finally, we have arrived.
Our home for another night. It looks beautiful whichever angle you look at it. 🙂
It has been a busy day at the park. We got tired but we had fun. 🙂 I hope that you did, as well. If you have plans of traveling to California, make Yosemite National Park , a part of your itinerary. I am sure you will be as amazed as I am when you see it.
For more information about Yosemite, please check their official website. https://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm
Once again, thank you for traveling with us!
Lea C. Walker