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.
After lunch, we walked across the meadow and the Swinging Bridge, and walked to the Chapel and the Sentinel Bridge. It's always a good feeling to walk in the Yosemite Valley (we have walked this route countless times) especially when the valley floor was covered by a layer of white snow in a calm winter afternoon.
After we turned back from the Sentinel Bridge (Half Dome viewpoint), the cloud started to build up and the mist/fog began to float above the valley ground. Although I knew my plan to photograph sunset at the Valley View would not work anymore, it was a nice alternative to see the Yosemite Valley in a different mysterious way.
After a quick restroom break at the Yosemite Lodge, we headed out of the park at about 5PM and got home before 9PM. It might sound crazy that we made a 13-hour day trip to Yosemite, but I was glad we did it and enjoyed the moments we had in such a beautiful place.
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