09.08.2014

Around California – Yosemite

Vernal Falls Footbridge

Vernal Falls Footbridge

I can’t even begin to explain how magnificent Yosemite is. The first time I went there I didn’t think much about it until I started reading about it while driving through the park and admiring the views.
Glaciers landscaped Yosemite millions of years ago. Yeah, that’s old, and I was right there. Until that moment, I only knew that there were bears and that I had to keep my food far away from them. So much for my research.

Fast forward to now, this national park is just stunning. One of the most iconic hikes is Half Dome. For some reason, missy here (me) thinks she’s going to hike the whole thing one day, which I believe takes 8 hours. I can guarantee you that’s not going to happen.

Vernal Falls - Yosemite

Vernal Falls

The first time my husband took me there we hiked Vernal Falls. This is the first waterfall on the hike to half dome and we loved it although there was almost no water since it was August. At the top you end up in Emerald Pool, which you are not supposed to swim in, but people, my husband included, just got in it since it was really hot. To their credit, there wasn’t enough water and we were far from the waterfall. Still you should never do that.

Vernal Falls

Vernal Falls

The second time we went there together, it was Memorial Day weekend, so Vernal Falls was so incredibly full of water. It was beautiful, and we got soaked. We got to the top so early in the morning that we decided to keep going up to Nevada Falls and almost to Yosemite Valley. I can’t even describe the views and the feeling of how little you are in the world. There is when we decided to go back because we didn’t have enough water, since we hadn’t planned to make it up to that point. I was so pumped that I kept saying that I wanted to come back and hike Half Dome. My husband agreed, he’s done it quite a few times, but I’m sure he thought that I was going to bail. Seven years later and I haven’t even been back. Oh well. It’s not that I don’t think I can’t do it, it’s that there are lots of steps in all the hikes, which I don’t mind going up but I do mind when I go down, plus the last bit to make it to Half Dome is the cables part. That scares me. Yes, I’m a wimp.

Nevada Falls

Nevada Falls

Top Nevada Falls

Top of Nevada Falls

Top Nevada Falls

Top of Nevada Falls (so young!)

 

Comments

  1. Yosemite looks so beautiful, Eva! Vernal falls looks breath-taking, such amazing views. I totally wish I lived in California! 🙂

    • Hi Gail, move over here! That’s one of the problems with California. Once you move here it’s difficult to leave.

  2. Wow! What a place… Pilar and I have always wanted to go to the States but we never make it… But we have to!
    xx,
    E.
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