November 3, 2011

Yosemite: A day in the Valley.

On our second day in Yosemite, we spent our time in Yosemite Valley.  A breathtaking 22 mile drive from our cabin down the mountainside.  You want to stop every five feet and take a look!  On the way, there is an overlook with perfect views of El Capitan, Half Dome, Bridalviel Falls and basically, the whole valley.
Not everyone would get out of the car to look, so we had to go in shifts!

We think Patrick looks super-imposed on the background.
Someone said it looks like a JcPenney portraits backdrop!
This one was in the Valley, on the way to Yosemite Falls.
The few deciduous trees that are there make for pretty fall color!

Which, I just want to say... there is no gas in the Valley.  When we had to put gas in our tank --it cost a whopping $4.59 a gallon in Wawona! Ouch!  We didn't fill up.  We just put enough in to get us back to Oakhurst. 

Once in the valley, our first stop was Bridalveil Falls. After a picnic lunch, of course!

The falls from the parking lot.
The trail up to the falls is paved and easy to navigate. 
This is actually a great view even if you don't want to take the short walk.
Liz posing for a pic along the way!
We spent awhile here just playing in the creek.
The younger kids and I also hung out here waiting for Ken and Nathan to catch us.
The falls from the top of the trail.
Now, you know, Ken and Nathan had to be adventurous and climb right up to the falls!
Doesn't that pool of water look so inviting to swim in?
There's Nathan!

I didn't stay to watch. Ken said it was actually quite safe the way they went.
I think that other times of the year when the Falls are bigger, it wouldn't be safe.
They were really proud to make it up there.

Our next stop, after hanging around in Yosemite Village for a bit, was to go see Yosemite Falls.  Yosemite Falls is the tallest waterfall in North America--definately a must-see!  And the trail up is paved as well, perfect for strollers if you have them.  There is a longer trail that continues on up to the top of the falls and to El Capitan.  If we hadn't gotten there at dusk, we would have considered doing one of those (well, some of us!).

Getting Started!  You can see the falls right over their heads.

One of those rare times when someone offered to take our picture!
Lots of opportunities for rock-climbing (safely) along the way.

Yosemite Falls.
Definately not at it's peak season.

Aren't they sweet? Lol!

The view looking away from the falls.
Elizabeth was happy to pose for us!

Ken, Nathan, Patrick, and Jacob climbed up closer to the falls again.  I took Liz and Nick on a meandering walk back towards the car.  The boys didn't get very far which was really fine as the sun was setting and it was getting dark!  So, we headed back to the cabin and enjoyed a lovely grill-out with steak and chicken! Yum!  I'm already ready to go back!

1 comment:

  1. I have loved all the pictures! What an awesome adventure for your family! +JMJ+