Yosemite Day 1 and 2

Above the valley floor from Tunnel View

Above the valley floor from Tunnel View

We settled into our new ‘home’ Friday night, just outside of Yosemite National Park. Nice campground, but we are without cell/internet coverage once again. Internet access is miles away, so updates may be few over the next week or so. Our first day in Yosemite was a Saturday and we rode in on the motorcycles with high expectations for the day. Unfortunately, Yosemite on a Saturday much resembles Los Angeles or New York City during rush hour…After getting over our initial shock of the crowds we decided to make the best of the day. This was easy to do as the views are incredible at every turn. Bridalveil Falls was easily captured from a roadside turout.

Vernal and Nevada Falls from Glacier Point

Vernal and Nevada Falls from Glacier Point

 

We thought going to Glacier Point would provide a less crowded stop.  The 32 mile roundtrip off the main road to Glacier Point was well worth the ride.  Although far from “less crowded”, we managed to grab a few pictures away from the masses.  Half Dome, Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls were prominent features in the vista.

 

 

 

 

Vernal and Nevada falls again

Vernal and Nevada falls again

 

Half Dome

Half Dome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Valley

The Bachelor and the Three Graces
The Bachelor and the Three Graces

 We decided to make a loop of the day and went home through the southern section of the park.  Yosemite also has a giant Sequoia Grove (the Mariposa Grove) which we stopped at briefly for a break from the bikes before our long ride home.  We were pretty tired and hot! It was in the mid 90’s today.

 

 

Falls at Hetch Hetchy
Falls at Hetch Hetchy

The second day we swore off the motorcycles.  It is just too hot to suit up for safety.  It was supposed to be in the mid 90’s once again.  We headed out to check out Hetch Hetchy.  This area of Yosemite is a lesser traveled and more remote area.  The Hetch Hetchy reservoir was beautiful. 

Hetch Hetchy Reservior
Hetch Hetchy Reservior

While there we had to hike up to Tueeulala Falls and Wapama Falls (6 miles rountrip).  What a great hike!  The views of the reservoir were outstanding and you could see Rancheria Falls in the distance flanked by the mountains (a longer hike then we had time for today).

Yes, the falls are flowing this time of year
Yes, the falls are flowing this time of year

When we finally got to Wapama Falls, we were pleasantly surprised.  There were a series of bridges to access the trail on the other side.  Due to spring run off, the falls were kicking and we got soaked as we made our way across. 

...and it is really cold!!
…and it is really cold!!

Since it was 95 degrees, we were glad to be able to cool down.  Boy was that water cold.

4 Responses to “Yosemite Day 1 and 2”

  1. The Mommie Unit says:

    Oh my God! This place is just magical. It looks like you found Shangrila.
    You both look so happy it warms my heart and with your amazing photography I feel like I can really share in your wonderment! Seriously the composition on the photos is spot on. My favorites from this group are the The Bachelor and the Three Graces (what an interesting take on the subject), Half Dome and Yes, the falls are flowing this time of year (makes you feel soaking wet and freezing just looking at Kim!)

    I can’t wait to see what you will be up to next!!

    Stay Safe & Happy!

    Love & Hugs
    Mom

    • admin says:

      Hi Mom,

      This place is pretty cool. The waterfalls are enormous. We are having a good time. It is a little annoying not having service. We just found a little restaurant on the way home from the park that has wireless. We may be eating out for the next few nights… Chris does a great job with adobe on the photos. Glad our photos are having the effect of taking people there. We are hoping when we look back we too will be transported. Hope all is well. We will be posting again soon.

      Love ya!

  2. lindsay lu lu says:

    YESS i know i am so happy only 36 days to go! I cant wate to go on hikes and take picturs for the web site (im sure your not suprised about the picture part). As you know joshys birhtday is the 11th and i think we should some how imberis him with a wall of wunderful pictures for the website! he would hate me if he sees that a said this! Mom and Josh said hi and my mom said she misses you like she always says. I love the photos with you getting socked by the water fall! I have a question? how do you take the pictures when you are alone and do you set them on things in frount of you or do other people take it for you? have fun and stay safe.

    XOXO~lindsay

    • admin says:

      Hey Lu Lu,

      You can’t wait to go on hikes? Wait a minute, is this Lindsay? 🙂 If you send some pictures of Josh to me I will post them on his b-day- I don’t have a lot of Josh. Don’t worry I don’t think he reads and follows like you and your mom. The waterfall hike was really cool (literally). We did another one today that almost killed us. If we are alone or want the two of us, we use a tripod and do timer shots. It’s fun. We’ll do them when you guys come out too. We’ll chat soon!

      Love you!

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