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July 6-8, 1998
Yosemite National Park is one of our favorite places to visit. We have been there so many times, and we still enjoy the variety in the park very much. This was the first time my parents coming with us to Yosemite (it's also the first time for Linus). They were amazed by the natural beauty: roaring waterfalls, magnificent landscape, big trees, and so on.
Driving to Yosemite from my home is quite easy: 101 to 84 to
880 to 238 to 580 to 132 to 99 to 140.
It's about four-hour smooth and comfortable driving.
|We drove into the Yosemite Valley and made a few stops along the road including El Capitan, Yosemite Fall, and Half Dome vista points. El Capitan is a massive granite monolith standing 3593 feet from base to summit. Occasionally we can spot rock climbers on their way up the sheer face. Yosemite Fall consisting of the upper and lower falls and an intermediate cascade drops 2425 feet, which makes it the tallest waterfall in North America. Then we went to check in the Yosemite Lodge, and took a little break.|
|After the break, we took a shuttle bus to Happy Isles and began to hike toward Vernal Fall. The trail climbs beside the scenic Merced River. There were many signs along the trail giving the warning about bears. My mom began to worry about it when there were fewer people on the trail. We didn't walk too far this time. We stopped at the Vernal Fall view footbridge which is about 1 mile from the trail head.|
After breakfast, we had an easy and relaxed walk in the valley. There was so much moisture in the air and much colder when we were closed to Yosemite Fall. At about 10 o'clock, we began to drive out of the valley. Along the Northside Drive, the Valley View turnout offers one of the best valley-level views of El Capitan, Bridalveil Fall, and Yosemite Valley (although the light should be much better in the late afternoon).
|Tunnel View is probably one of the most photographed places in Yosemite. It provides the spectaluar view of Yosemite, including El Capitan, Half Dome, Sentinel Rock, Cathedral Rocks, and Bridalveil Fall.|
|We stayed in the Wawona Hotel, which is a historical landmark built in 1879. There is a nine-hole golf course opened in 1918.|
|Maripose Grove of Giant
Sequoias, at the south end of the park, is the
largest stand of sequoia trees in Yosemite. The
sequoia trees, standing some 250 feet tall and
ranging in age from 2500 to 3000 years old, are
believed to be the largest, by volume, living
things in nature. An easy walk trail led us to
the Grizzly Giant, the oldest tree here. Can you
see us in the photo
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