Yosemite Photo Diary


The beginning of April was spent chasing waterfalls, conquering mountains, and living simply in a charming little camp reservation called Curry Village with a couple of friends. We arrived Thursday afternoon and spent most of the day taking in the views at Glacier Point, getting settled into our little canvas tent, and doing a night walk by the light of the full moon.

The next morning, we set out early to take on the Mist Trail where we would be climbing up and around two breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls, Vernal and Nevada Falls. No San Diego hike could have ever prepared me for how physically demanding the entire thing was. It felt amazing to reach the top of both falls and the views unbelievably kept getting better and better with each step. The struggle was definitely worth it! After we returned from the hike, we chilled at the Campy Curry lounge and then hopped on a shuttle to check out upper and lower Yosemite Falls. The convenient thing about Yosemite Valley is that they offer buses that run throughout the day and take you to every attraction in the park for free!

Our last full day in Yosemite was a bit more chilled out considering how much energy the hike the day before took out of most of us. We checked out the visitor's center which had interesting information about the development of the land and the history of it all. We then hopped on a shuttle that took us to Mirror Lake. We ate lunch by the water and did a bit of exploring. We then headed to the Centinnel Bridge and took in the last few moments of daylight in a meadow of deer with the Yosemite Falls in the distance. We made our way back to the camp, had dinner, reflected on how surreal the entire experience was and went to bed to prepare for the long road home.

There's nothing like a good camping trip to force you to live less luxuriously for a couple days and appreciate the simple things in life. Being able to accomplish the hike that we did made me so grateful to have a working set of lungs and legs that I don't always realize are a blessing that not everyone has. Whether or not you live in California, Yosemite is a must see! It almost frustrates me how much I take California for granted sometimes. To this day, it amazes me how vast and wide-ranging it is and I find myself growing a deeper appreciation for my home state the more I explore it. 
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  1. Yosemite National Park is situated in the focal Sierra Nevada of California and falsehoods 150 miles east of San Francisco and just a six hour drive from Los Angeles. Assigned a World Heritage Site in 1984, Yosemite is universally perceived for its tremendous rock precipices, waterfalls, clear streams, mammoth sequoia forests, and organic differing qualities.

  2. Before planning any excursion on one of the hundreds of Yosemite trails, make sure you check online for information on seasons and wilderness permits. Although the park itself is open all year and visiting does not require a permit, the campgrounds and many of the trails are only open certain months due to weather conditions. There are also many trails that require special wilderness permits to hike on and there are only a limited number issued, so plan early and make sure you have any permits necessary.