YOSEMITE = POWER
I had never been to Yosemite. It’s always been on the list but never made it happen. People say that taking photographs of Yosemite is a right of way into nature photography. I suppose I would agree with them.
This place will really move you. The experience is massive – not only because the rocks and the trees are massive but because the landscape has thousands of little paths that can lead you down a trail, by yourself, in the middle of the forest watching mule deer eat the flowers off of stems for an hour.
Vernal Falls was the top experience for us, hands down. Some of the other stuff felt a little like a theme park with all of the foreign tourists (Chinese) taking selfies in front of godly nature. Yosemite Falls is cool, but not moving like Vernal Falls. We hiked the Mist Trail and our rain gear was dripping wet like we had gone through a Texas rain storm. But when we made it to the top and saw that beast we were both speechless. It wasn’t until 30 minutes after we had come down past the original trailhead that we began talking again. “I can’t believe that.” “I can’t believe that either.” We repeated those these phrases until we got back to our cabin tent.
We got a river site, 515, at Housekeeping Camp and couldn’t have been luckier. Every morning we woke up to a fresh stream of water and the still soft sunlight. Only one night did we get spooked when Alexis woke me up with an elbow to the rib saying, “It’s a bear!” when I clapped my hands and watched an 8 pound fuzzy raccoon run off from inside our tent. Curious little guy. Glad it wasn’t a bear in there I suppose. Although all I wanted to do on this trip was see a bear.
Our 14 days concluded here in Yosemite and for the last 4 days my heart has been cracked wide open. We were both moved and the experience gave us something to remember and feel for the rest of our lives.
Big Sur vs Yosemite would be like Batman vs Superman.