Earlier this year, I visited Yosemite National Park during a long weekend. Clearly, this is a long overdue post…
We wanted to camp in one of the campsites in the park and had zeroed-in on the Tuolumne Meadows campgrounds. Since we hadn’t been able to reserve any online, we got there in the wee hours, and occupied one of the campsites that are handed out on a first-come-first-serve basis. We spent the morning in the Tuolumne Meadows area of the park – around Tenaya Lake and taking in the views from Olmsted Point.
Here, Yosemite National Park made clear to us the number of visitors it attracts – the line of cars & vans queued at the park entrance was 6 miles long! At noon!. Note to self – don’t plan a holiday in Yosemite during a long weekend.
After lunch and a quick nap(the day had started very early for us) we headed back to the valley late afternoon. With the sun getting ever closer to the horizon, we rushed to Glacier Point to get an overview of the park in the reds, oranges and pinks of dusk. From Glacier Point, one gets a clear view of Half Dome, the Vernal Falls, Nevada Falls and the entire valley. The sight is breathtaking!
After a good nights rest, we headed back to the valley in the morning with a plan to hike up to Taft Point and from there to Glacier Point(again). On the way to the start of the Taft Point trail, we got some spectacular views of the valley. The sheer size of the granite monoliths in Yosemite is awesome – it is one of the few places which makes you feel minuscule, in a good way.
After half a day of hiking and taking in the views, it was time for us to head back to SFO to rest for the night.
The final day of the trip, our flight back home from SFO was late-night; so we visited Muir Woods and hiked a bit. The Giant Redwoods of Muir are massive – it is hard to convey their size with photos. Unlike the monoliths of Yosemite which you view from afar, the Redwoods are right next to you, so any photo you take almost never fits the trees. The phrase ‘To walk among giants’ is most apt here.