We spent the first day in Yosemite Valley which seems to be the most visited area of the park. Do you see all the points on the map like El Capitan, Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite Fall and Half Dome? Those are all in Yosemite Valley. At one point a massive glacier ran through that area, carving out a valley with impressive granite peaks on either side.
|Driving into the valley:|
Half Dome, there you are, you sneaky devil
|Beautiful Merced River flowing through the valley|
|First hike: Bridalveil Fall|
|The stream crashing down below the Fall|
|Further into the valley floor and we see Yosemite Fall|
This is the tallest waterfall in North America
|Second hike: Vernal Fall|
|The start of the hike: ALL UPHILL|
|We got half a mile up when my prego body said no more.|
We stopped for this beautiful view and then went back down.
|I spy a billy goat :)|
|Third hike: Mirror Lake|
|Our picnic lunch view at Mirror Lake|
|At Mirror Lake with Half Dome behind us!|
|Fourth hike: Yosemite Fall|
|All three levels of Yosemite Fall|
|Bottom third of the Fall|
|The Bachelor and Three Graces|
The branches were 7ft in diameter!
|California Tunnel Tree|
I found a Groupon for a little RV/cabin park about 20 miles from the entrance to the park. Our cabin was teeny tiny but when you consider how little time we spent there, it was perfect.
|Standing at the door and you can see it all - haha!|