Greetings from Yosemite National Park

Although the Great Smoky Mountains NP is our favorite, Yosemite is where it all began. Yosemite was included in a 1975 conference trip to San Francisco. We arrived, took a trolly ride, got off and stepped into the woods. It suddenly felt like I could breathe, deep fresh air breaths. I looked at my husband who had felt the same way. Even though we could still see traffic in the distance, we felt like the only two people in this lovely wooded world. We returned home to Middle Tennessee and immediately purchased a pop-up camper trailer. Our children were 1 and 3 years old at the time. We continued to camp until they finished high school. They thought of Cades Cove as a second home. We all grew in our love of nature. My husband and I continued visiting National Parks; just not camping. Thank you Yosemite for opening our eyes to the wonders of nature and a lifetime of memories.

Sincerely,
Judy

Yosemite National Park

With its sculpted granite rock formations, towering ancient sequoia trees and spectacular waterfalls, it's no wonder Yosemite is one of the most celebrated national parks in the world.

State(s): California

Established: 1890

“I love our parks. I have visited them in Alaska, Hawaii, Virgin Islands and many states from California to Colorado to Arizona to Florida to Maine. My sister and her family and both of our children and their families share that love. It all takes money to maintain trails, provide campgrounds and visitors centers. Passes such as we have help but donations are still needed.”

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