Yosemite park is situated across almost 1,200 miles of mountainous terrain in the Sierra Nevada. It offered me breathtaking views and some of the bluest skies I have ever seen. I visited Yosemite back in September during my west coast road trip and although I only stayed one night I was totally captivated by the scenery.
Above: Yosemite falls. Below: cliffs from the valley floor.
Below: Half dome – had I stayed longer I would have liked to hike up to half dome, one of the youngest rocks in the park and probably one of the most well recognised. This granite structure looks amazing in the sunset and can be seen from many locations within Yosemite.
Below: the imposing vertical cliff face of El Capitan. Around 3,000 feet from base to summit, this rock is a favourite challenge for experienced rock climbers. Apparently some (read: crazy) souls have base jumped from El Capitan – Yosemite now bans this practice.
There are several places to stay at Yosemite, including Yosemite Lodge (my home for the night), Curry Village cabins and tents and the more luxurious Ahwahnee Hotel. Wherever you stay though you are unlikely to be inside for long – there is just too much to explore, see and do at Yosemite – a magical place to visit.