Thursday, 4 October 2012

Yosemite National Park

Oct 1 - Monday

We drove into Yosemite National Park today and I didn't really know what to expect other than the images I had from the Ansel Adams photos. On the drive this morning the dry cattle lands started to get a more rounded and lumpier, then the road started to twist a bit more, the Sierra Nevada mountains emerged eventually, and then the climbing up the side of the range came a constant and before we new it, we were there - Yosemite National Park. There was a natural stone portal as the passage way - that was pretty cool.  Tall pines with huge pine cones (I think Pondorosa Pines?), dry ground (hardly any underbrush or bushes), and  granite rock coming out from everywhere (big rock faces, big boulders, and some even jutting over the road!). The stream we  were following looked very thin, barely there but there were some very enticing river pools that looked like they would be perfect for a dip (another hot day.. it felt great). And luckily enough, the picnic spot we stopped at had just that! Liam and Sean braved it a bit.. the water was way too cold but it felt so good on the feet. I think Liam would have ventured in more but we saw a crayfish (I think that is what it was) and the pinchers on it got Liam a bit concerned about a swim. 

Portal to Yosemite

Wondering if that crayfish is around

Merced River.. so enticing on a hot day

 We got as far as the campsite today (Cranes Flat ) and tomorrow we venture into the Valley section to  see what there is to see!

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