Saturday morning we were up early and ready for breakfast. This is the patio looking back into our hotel room. I could see coming back here in the summer and just hanging out… a glass of wine in the evening watching the sunset… aaahhh…
The entire time we were there I had a terrible time with exposure. The brights were extra bright and the darks were extra dark. Evidently I have a lot to learn about setting the correct exposure levels in my camera. Even post-processing in Lightroom didn’t help. This is looking back at Yosemite Lodge. It’s two stories but looks like a little shack compared to the giant trees and mountains.
Another view of Yosemite Lodge which had been completely remodeled since the last time my friend stayed there.
Another view from the Lodge. You can’t imagine what it’s like to get out of bed in the morning and be faced with this splendor!
Don’t you love those shadows? Now we are off on our hike for the day. I am a little concerned as I understand the last part of the hike is very steep. I don’t mind going up but I have difficult coming down. We’ll see.
Taking photos wasn’t easy as I was with a bunch of hikers. So I had to take a shot when I could. Most of the time it was point and shoot then run to catch up with the group. Yes, it would be great to be in Yosemite with a group of photographers where I could set up my shot. I saw several people with tripods which is what you really need. But I’m not complaining (yes, I am…)
I can’t enough of these spectacular granite formations.
Are you tired of waterfalls already? You will be by the end of this post!
Please bear with me here. There is nothing more thrilling than the sound of this water crashing through the rocks. Three waterfalls, oh my!
And if you like rainbows…
There were rockfalls everywhere. It’s scary when you think one of these could kill you.
Another difficult shot. The light bouncing off the water was so bright I could barely keep my eyes open.
I’m not a dog person but who could resist these beautiful huskies? I had to take a hundred shots (slight exaggeration) to get all three in the frame and somewhat in focus. They were so excited they just wouldn’t stand still.
And more rocks… this is definitely a danger in the park… and these rocks fall from a great height so you can imagine the impact on your head.
Trees… can’t get enough of them. In the first photo see how the branches are all sheered off on one side. From Subalpine Ecosystem website: …as the trunk grows upward, strong, cold, dry winds may destroy new growth on the windward side, leaving permanent growth only on the lee side of the trunk. Trees with branches on only one side are often called banner trees or flag trees.
I haven’t been able to find a verified definition of the word Ahwahnee. But it is the name of the main hotel at Yosemite for the rich and famous. There is some attribution to “the place of a gaping mouth” which, I guess, would be the valley. Ahwahneechee Indians lived in the area. Interestingly, the word “Yosemite” means “they are killers.” I assume that refers to the white man!
Lobby of the Ahwahnee Hotel. Yes, I would love to return and stay here for a few days. But I would have to drive up in my limousine. No, it’s not THAT expensive but out of my reach nevertheless.
We rested here before catching the shuttle for the final leg of our hike.
The Merced River is a Glacial river, starting out at around 8,000 feet and running for 145 miles, dropping into Yosemite Valley over the Nevada Falls and Vernal Falls. The Merced is a fast running river and has taken many lives over the years.
Annually 3.5 million people visit Yosemite National Park. 91% of visitors are U.S. residents; 89% of those are from California. 9% of visitors are international visitors. With 9% each from Germany, Korea, Taiwan, United Kindgom.
This last part of the hike was pretty strenuous for me. I have to be very careful drinking wine. I can’t drink white wine at all. Some red wine is okay as long as it is at least four or five years old. The night before at happy hour I drank half a glass of “Two Buck Chuck.” If you’re not familiar with this you’re gonna have to click on the link. It did me in, my stupid fault. I barely made it to the end. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!
Too many photos and we’re not even done with day two yet. I apologize but these are all my precious babies!!!!
The backside of Half Dome.
The Yosemite Shuttle… the only way to go. Does a loop around the park.
Half Dome from the front. There never was a whole dome. Rising 8,800 feet above sea level, it is popular 10-12 hour round trip hike.
This beautiful guy reminded me of home. We have hundreds of crows in our neighborhood who fly in like a black cloud at sunset. It’s quite a spectacle.
All right, two last photos from day two.
On October 1, 2015, the park will commemorate the 125th anniversary of the establishment of Yosemite National Park.
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