Yosemite

7/10-7/13, 2021 

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Yosemite National Park embraces a great tract of scenic wildlands set aside in 1890 to preserve a portion of the Sierra Nevada that stretches along California's eastern flank. Ranging from 2,000 feet to more than 13,000 feet, the park encompasses alpine wilderness, groves of giant sequoia trees, and Yosemite Valley, which may be the world's best known example of a glacier-carved canyon. The dramatic scale of its waterfalls, rounded domes, massive monoliths, and towering cliffs has inspired painters, poets, photographers, and millions of visitors.

Getting there ...

We started our journey at ~8:30AM and had a 4+ hours smooth drive to Yosemite.  We entered the park from Highway 140 which is still impact by a major landslide happened in 2006 (temporary bridges with one lane only and traffic control).  Due to COVID-19, reservations (day-use reservation or lodging reservation inside the park) are required to drive into Yosemite National Park in this summer. Although it may create some inconvenience for people who do not plan ahead, it does make the park much less crowded and make the overall experience very enjoyable even in this high vacation season.  It was an extremely hot weekend and the highest temperature we saw was 113F (45C) while we were driving on Highway 140 along Merced River.

 

The First Day ...

 

 

 

 

The hike was really strenuous under this extreme heat condition and we almost ran out of water when we finished the hike.  We walked back to the Yosemite Valley Lodge restaurant to have a few cold drinks and ice cream to cool ourselves down.

Day 2 (7/11) ...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 (7/12) ...

   

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 (7/13) ...

 

 

   

 

 

Going Home ...

Yosemite National Park is one of our favorite places to visit. We have been here so many times, and we still enjoy the varieties in the park very much.  This was the first family trip that we could travel together since the pandemic.  Although it was a short trip (and not an exotic foreign destination), the nature beauty and family time were the best reward after the long separation.


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