Greetings from Yosemite National Park

Treading carefully up the rock face, I placed my hands on the ground and moved like a lizard. It was high noon and the sunlight bounced off the glimmering snowmelt ahead. Navigating the snow was tricky, but once this part of the journey was over, I finally reached a lookout with panoramic views. This was mid-July in Yosemite.

When I placed my foot in the snow again, it completely broke through. I slipped down the slope a little bit before clamping my hands on a nearby rock. I had managed to get some snow inside my jacket, but instead of it being a nuisance, it was actually oddly refreshing. Finally, I was walking on hard rock again. Before I knew it, I was able to peer over the edge over a boulder and see an incredible view of the mountains and the forested valleys. It was a summer wonderland graced by the beauty of winter snows and quiet solitude.

I sat in silence for a few minutes, gazing at a distant mountain range. I made a quick sketch of the rugged scenery in my journal and then decided it was time for a midday snack. Munching on my Larabar, I wondered what other surprises Yosemite had in store for me that day.

Sincerely,
Kevin

Yosemite National Park

With its sculpted granite rock formations, its towering ancient sequoia trees, and its spectacular waterfalls, it's no wonder Yosemite is one of the most celebrated national parks in the world. Emerging from the park’s famous Tunnel View is a transformative experience, showcasing the jaw-dropping, iconic sight of El Capitan rising from the valley floor with Bridalveil Falls plummeting from the rock and Half Dome shining in the background. The park also features meadows and streams, historic buildings, and vast wilderness.

State(s): California

Established: 1890

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