Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Yosemite, Yosemite, Yosemite!!!!

Last week I wrote a little about our recent weekend away in Yosemite National Park. What I didn't share at the time was the photos - I don't know how a mere photo can do this gorgeous national park justice, but here goes...

Being April, pretty much all of the roads to the north and south of the valley were still closed due to snow. So we were a little limited in where we could go, and stuck to the main tourist area: Yosemite Valley. There's a reason though why this part is so popular; it's said that it has the most scenery per square foot then anywhere else in the world.

It truly was stunning. There's the enormous face of Half Dome in your sights, plus what seems like a million not-so-little waterfalls gushing down around you. We've been a lot of places; a lot of national parks in our time but Yosemite still had the wow factor. And I'm pleased to report that not a single bear was spotted!

My biggest complaint? The crowds. I couldn't imagine visiting here in summer - I even found mid April to be too busy for my liking. The hikes in the valley are reasonably short (with lots of them not exactly being hikes, but strolls along paved paths to the waterfalls) and full of tourists. Trying to drive into the lodge in the evening was horrendous, with slow moving, backed up traffic for ages. We only booked this weekend a couple of weeks in advance and after talking to a few people, it seems we were very lucky to get accommodation and must have just timed it well with a cancellation or something. I would love to come and explore Yosemite again, and being only a 4hr drive away it's definitely on the list - however next time, I want to do the other parts of the park where *fingers crossed* it may not be so crazy busy.

Yosemite - I hope to see you again soon!


  1. Gorgeous pictures. I have never been but i hear it's gorgeous and I can tell it is from the pictures. Following you via Bloglovin. I'm doing a great stella & dot giveaway and i'm hosting a link up this thursday April 25. Would love it if you joined and followed me via bloglovin.



  2. Yosemite looks so amazing. Love the pictures!

  3. what gorgeous photos! I really need to get out and see more of our country's lovely parks.
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  4. I know what you mean about pictures not doing Yosemite justice. I love visiting that beautiful national park and you can make multiple trips and still have not seen everything.

    Your pictures are amazing makes me want to go back soon.

    Have a great night

  5. I LOVE your vacation photos! There are so many places in the U.S. we have not explored.
    Your trips align with our interests (nature, hiking, etc.) My vacation bucket list is getting longer each time your family hits a new destination. ;)

  6. Where do yall live? We were just in Yosemite a few weeks ago ourselves and I have to agree with you, while beautiful, it was a little too crowded for me.

    I am new to your blog and look forward to following along. I have 4 and 2 year old little boys and am pregnant with my 3rd, so I know all about those truck, car and bug obsessions!


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