One of my favourite adventures with my California sisters has been our day trip to Yosemite Valley National Park in July 2016. Here’s a few snaps from the day, expect plenty of breathtaking scenery, waterfalls and cute animals.
Driving through to Yosemite Valley and literally in awe of the sights in front of us. I’m sure we were like dogs with the windows down, excitable and just trying to take everything in.
Bridalveil Falls was the first stop of our adventure, which just had a short hike up to the base.
Yosemite’s famous Half Dome towering over the valley.
I wouldn’t want to adventure with anyone else.
To the right you can spot the Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls, our next hike.
As you can see there’s plenty of tourists at the base of the falls, we decided to climb the rocks for a closer look away from most of the visitors.
Given the heat of the day, the cold mist from the falls was a welcome dream (careful with your electronics though). I also regret not taking swimwear to have a cold dip in the rock pool.
Making friends with the locals.
For our final walk of the day we headed for Mirror Lake, the remnants of a glacial lake in the valley between North Dome and Half Dome, which is sometimes so calm the surface acts like a mirror for the surrounding scenery… we weren’t that lucky as far as the reflection goes but it was still a dreamy lake with plenty of families having a swim in the afternoon sun.
I think I left part of my heart in Yosemite, I’d love nothing more to come back in early Spring when the falls and lakes have more water from the snow melt and camp for a few days to hike and swim in this natural paradise.
Also English pals, it’s pronounced like Yoh-Sem-Ee-Tea, not Yose-Might and American’s will laugh at you for it.