Formed underground, Yosemite Valley has a unique story outside the normal river carving canyons process. If you enjoy hiking or rock climbing, then Yosemite is the national park for you. John Muir spent his life studying and preserving areas like Yosemite.
“We are now in the mountains and they are in us, kindling enthusiasm, making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell of us.” – John Muir
We enjoyed our first day in Yosemite by walking into Camp 4 and reserving a campsite where many famous rock climbers have come to conquer the famous climbs of Yosemite. The Valley has lots to offer even without being a climbing enthusiast.
The Valley is surrounded by tall rock walls on both sides making one feel like a tiny bug navigating through a large world. The one-way roads wind through the Valley and can be confusing. The best way to get around is to walk or to rent a bicycle.
What to see in the Valley:
Yosemite Falls: One of the world’s tallest waterfalls.
Half Dome: A dome of granite formed underground then pushed to the surface by tectonic plates.
Mirror Lake: It is more of a meadow if you go after early spring. However, it is a short 2.2 mile round trip walk with views of Half Dome.
Ansel Adams Gallery: Yosemite’s landscape photographs for sale in the gallery. Ansel is one of my favorite photographers. Imagine the work of taking a photograph without knowing the outcome until in the darkroom.
El Capitan: One of climber’s most sought out challenges. It is roughly a 3,000 foot climb for anyone who is up for it.
For an overlook of the valley, drive up to Glacier Point and stop at Washburn Point to watch the sunset light up Half Dome.
What is your favorite part of Yosemite?
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