Well, this was as close as we could get without getting out of the car …
Much of the forest in or near the park has been “thinned” by cutting, and sometimes by fires … the fallen or cut trees are left on the ground rather than cleared. It is the “natural way.”
Many rock formations and cliffs were to be seen throughout the park.
This mountain is called El Capitan … it’s a vertical rock about 3,000 feet tall, with a number of named climbing trails straight up the face. Wikipedia says it is one of the world’s most favorite challenges for rock climbers.
Below, Park Rangers control traffic along the winding roads.
Yes, there is actually a court house and even a jail on location for misbehaving visitors.
And a small chapel where I suppose you might give thanks if you didn’t end up in the cell above. Actually, it is called Yosemite Valley Chapel and holds church services and weddings year-round.
Well, while waiting for the Park Rangers to organize the traffic jam, we began to read the folder we had been given upon entry. We were totally shocked to see this paragraph.
It looks like while the Park Rangers may be protecting us from traffic and human bad guys, it is up to us to save ourselves when a mountain lion appears. Uh oh. When we got to the gift shop, we couldn’t resist it – we bought a baby mountain lion stuffed animal. When we got back to Joyce and Lane’s house, we told the story and Tom threw the little mountain lion to Joyce who promptly karate-chopped it to the ground, clearly prepared to fight back!
Below is where President Roosevelt and John Muir sat in 1903 to discuss ways to save some of the American wilderness. It is thanks to them that we can still see these places today.
That grey blob in the center top of the sign is a view of half-dome/
Many of the trees in Yosemeti are huge redwoods. We’ll see more in Muir Woods, but these were unusual because of some strange growths on them. The one on the left seems to contain a figure of a woman holding a child, while the one on the right has a NOSE on it — and look at the size of those nostrils!!
This is not a large animal at all … but just a rock.
More views … trees, mountains …
I would have named this formation the Ten Commandments, but nobody asked me.
Those teensy little figures in the bottom right of the picture below are people.
There are a number of water falls. This one is called “Bridalveil Falls” –
Below is a short video of Bridalveil Falls
Ribbon Falls, to the left of El Capitan
We passed this local hostel …. and were feeling very glad for TYRTLE accommodations.
However, if we happened to have needed a hotel, I think I wouldn’t have minded staying at the Ahwannee Hotel below where we had a snack before leaving. VERY top drawer.
Tom near one of the huge redwoods at the Ahwanee Hotel. And again near a sign letting us know we are on our own should a bear appear. (we saw neither mountain lion nor bear … just the signs)