Yosemite in the un-snow – day one

 

Yosemite National Park

Before my mother passed on February 8 I made the decision that whatever happened, I would still go on the trip to Yosemite National Park that I had been planning for several months. I really wasn’t expecting her to pass that soon. She was one tough lady and I thought she would go on for another year at least. But the nurses were right and I was wrong. I’m glad I made the decision beforehand because I had already gone through all the guilt feelings and “what would people think” before it happened.

As it turned out, everybody was very supportive of my decision to “get out of town” the weekend after her death. I made all the arrangements and had everything in hand before I left.

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The trip was organized by the West Los Angeles Group of the Sierra Club and three of my friends were traveling companions. As soon as I stepped on the bus I knew I had made the right decision.

Yosemite National Park

While it is extremely difficult to take a truly unique picture of such a well-photographed area, it is also nearly impossible to take a completely terrible photo too. Believe me, I tried!

We left West LA at 7:00am on Friday, February 13 and after a stop to pick up more passengers in the San Fernando Valley, we were on our way!

We took a picnic lunch break somewhere along the way and around 3:30pm we arrived at this picturesque spot within Yosemite for our first photo opportunity.

Yosemite National Park

I had signed up for the trip with the hope of seeing Yosemite in the snow. My last trip here was a camping adventure during the summer some years previously. We stayed near Tuolumne Meadows. This time, as it was February after all, I was looking forward to hiking in the white stuff.

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Well, the only white stuff was the water falling off the mountain. I had been keeping track of the weather reports the week before and knew the temperatures were going to be around 70F (21C). Not exactly the weather for skiing!

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Yes, I was a little disappointed but you cannot beat the fantastic scenery Mother Nature presents at Yosemite. I felt sorry for the people who depend on the snow for their living as usually at this time of year the park is teeming with people carrying skis and snow shoes. But I felt more sorry for the animals whose routines have been upset by this strange turn of events.

Yosemite National Park

First protected in 1864, Yosemite National Park is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more.

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Yosemite National Park

Yosemite presents a glaciated landscape. The scenery, resulting from the interaction of the glaciers and the underlying rocks, was the basis for Yosemite’s preservation as a national park. Yosemite is nearly 95 percent designated Wilderness.

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The 2,425-foot Yosemite Falls are the tallest waterfalls in North America.

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Located in the northern half of California, Yosemite is 195 miles from San Francisco or 315 miles from Los Angeles.

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Our first glimpse of El Capitan as our bus stopped for the photo op. I was so happy to be in the midst of such magnificent scenery and we still had two full days ahead of us to enjoy the park.

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The ecosystem at the park reaches from below 3,000 feet to over 13,000 feet in elevation. Geologists, hydrologists and geographers continue to investigate and document the landscape. But we were there to relax, get some exercise and enjoy the scenery.

Parts two and three coming up pronto… stay tuned!

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18 thoughts on “Yosemite in the un-snow – day one

  1. shotofadventure February 27, 2015 / 9:54 pm

    Such gorgeous photos!! Makes me really want to go to Yosemite 🙂

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    • RMW February 28, 2015 / 9:27 am

      You must go!

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  2. megtraveling February 28, 2015 / 3:44 am

    This is the kind of weather I’d like to see in February! What an amazing place – your pictures are beautiful…

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    • RMW February 28, 2015 / 9:28 am

      Thanks Meg… but for someone who lives in the sun, the snow would have been a treat!

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  3. Jill Weatherholt February 28, 2015 / 3:57 am

    I’m happy you took the trip, Roslyn. Your mother would have wanted that. Your photos are stunning! Each one took my breath. Thank you for sharing your trip with us.

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    • RMW February 28, 2015 / 9:29 am

      Thanks Jill…. it was the perfect time for me to go and get away from everything. Nature is always a good choice!

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  4. Cate Franklyn February 28, 2015 / 6:45 am

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I love Yosemite. I was there twenty years ago and hope to go back soon. So happy you went!

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    • RMW February 28, 2015 / 9:30 am

      It was probably close to twenty years the last time I was there… hope it isn’t so long next time.

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  5. darwinontherocks March 2, 2015 / 9:18 am

    The park looks really empty without all the summer tourists. This is lovely. A great way to ease the pain. Nature can help to empty the mind. Nice pictures !

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    • RMW March 2, 2015 / 10:38 am

      To tell you the truth it was full of people… and their kids and dogs…. over the Presidents Day weekend… but there was plenty of room for everybody… I either had to wait until somebody moved out of my frame or occasionally crop them out later! But mostly I was looking up so I didn’t notice the crowds…

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      • darwinontherocks March 2, 2015 / 11:27 am

        oh wow, you managed to avoid all these people in your shots ! I had the feeling you were all alone in the park 🙂

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  6. Jet Eliot March 2, 2015 / 9:43 am

    There is nothing like a visit to beautiful, magical Yosemite to help us through the rough periods in life. I, too, am glad you went, Rosyln, and I very much enjoyed each awesome photo. 🙂

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  7. Indah Susanti March 2, 2015 / 10:28 pm

    My deepest condolences, my thoughts are with you. I am glad that you finally went to Yosemite. Truly impressive – I love the waterfall especially. It feels magical when viewing your images.

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  8. DG MARYOGA March 3, 2015 / 5:40 am

    Striking rockscapes,impressively presented,dear Roslyn !
    Hope you are keeping well ! Cheers to you , Doda 🙂

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  9. navasolanature May 4, 2015 / 1:53 pm

    Stunning photos and I visited in 1999 on a day trip from San Francisco. Long but so glad we didn’t miss it out of a week visit to the USA

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    • RMW May 4, 2015 / 4:17 pm

      Thanks, I think the last time I visited was around the late 90s too…. it was many years ago…. yes, I would say this is one of the places worth visiting on a short trip to the US.

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