Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Eden May Be In Yosemite National Park

Yosemite has been call the Crown Jewel of the national parks system. One visit will show you why that title is so deserved. The waterfalls, rock walls, vistas and sheer natural wonders are so exquisite you'll wonder if they are real or if you are dreaming. To the left is the entrance to Yosemite!

The "sights to see" are incredibly accessible in Yosemite. Even those visitors with physical limitations will enjoy the vast majority of focal points.

Bridal Veil Falls (below) is one of the most beautiful of the waterfalls in Yosemite. A wonderful view of this is available from the parking lot. Closer shots are wonderful (and will get you wet from the spray!).

One of the most famous sights is Tunnel View or sometimes called Inspiration Point. Even as I stood on the lookout, I couldn't believe I was actually seeing this:

Being there in late spring/early summer was a particular blessing because all of the waterfalls were roaring and beautiful. From Glacier Point, the view includes the Nevada and Vernal Falls:

On the trip back from Glacier Point, we happened upon what Yellowstone rangers call a "bear jam" . Fortunately, there were just a couple of cars stopped and when we got out of the car we too got a glimpse of a young bear cub. Bobby ventured down a little into the woods (staying in the woods and out of the meadow where the bear was!). It was then we saw the second bear! This one a full grown bear:

El Capitan, a majestic and imposing granite wall, is one of the most recognizable places in Yosemite:

No matter where you look in Yosemite, there is beauty:

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