California’s crown jewel, Yosemite Valley

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings, nature’s peace will flow through you like sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” John Muir

 

California’s natural park champion, John Muir, was forever changed when he witnessed Yosemite valley’s law dropping beauty. Sheer granite cliffs, raging waterfalls, thousands of acres of lush plant life, and wildlife at every turn. This natural park sparked his movement for the preservation of mother natures natural parks. Being raised in California, reading the words of John Muir in school, and seeing these parks first hand, inspired my throwback post to my last trip to the magnificent Yosemite Valley, and the climb to the top of the beast, Halfdome,

The untamed grey beard started the Sierra Club 121 years ago, founded May 28th, 1892 in San Francisco, CA. The Sierra Club is this nation’s largest, oldest, and most influential environmental organization. Their motto, “Explore, enjoy, and protect the planet.” 

You could return to Yosemite every year and still never experience all she has to offer. California’s crown jewel. I would suggest going in May, where over 20 waterfalls are flooded by the melted snow rushing down the peaks. Lower Yosemite Falls is known for its moonbow, a lunar rainbow under clear skies in April through June. Sentinel Bridge boast the best site on the valley floor, but I don’t think its possible to beat the view from the top of the dome. That is, if you can make it up the stairs to see it. Also, take the full experience to camp at Curry Village down at the bottom. With 485 cabins & tents, and between $38-$168 a night, it hosts an array of curious travelers, marveling at the massive peaks above, itching for the first glimpse of sunrise to begin their climb. Image

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But can you beat that view? I need to go again, and conquer! 

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Mom and Amber at the top back in 2011

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Me, back in 2009 hiking through a rainbow!

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Halfdome in all her glory!

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Back down at the base, with a view of the valley and El Capitan

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