West Coast Trip 2011 travel blog

The Slide Area

The Cascades

Bridal Veil in the Sunshine

The View From Tunnel View

Bill and Sue at Tunnel View

Another View of Bridal Veil from Tunnel View

Sentinel Rock

Sign Marking the Flood Height

Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls

Lower Yosemite Falls

Half Dome

Another View of Half Dome

Mirror Lake

Another View at Mirror Lake

Rock Statues at Mirror Lake

A Last Look at El Capitan

Leaving Yosemite a Picture of Bridal Veil

Wildflowers Along the Road Out

Rock Tunnel on the Road

Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls from Across the Valley

Today is a bright sunny day and we headed back to Yosemite. On the road into the park is a detour around a slide that totally covered the road a few years ago. Now there is only one lane and you have to wait at a light for up to fifteen minutes. We decided to take second pictures of all of the sights in the sunshine so we stopped first at the Cascades. Next we went back to Bridal Veil fully equipped with rain gear. We took pictures from the parking lot again then walked up the trail to the base. Because the falls are so full of water and there was a slight breeze, all you could see was spray. The water coming down the path was an inch deep just from the spray. Such power! We drove up to Tunnel View from where you get a magnificent view of El Capitan, Bridal Veil Falls and Half Dome. It was a real WOW!! We drove back down and took more pictures of Bridal Veil Falls from different angles then walked into a meadow to get pictures of Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls from across the park. Where we stopped is a marker showing the level of the flood that occurred on January 2, 1997. We drove on into the village and had lunch at a deli then we caught the shuttle bus and went Ahwahnee Hotel. It is a pretty old hotel with wonderful views from both the lawn and comfortable sitting room on the main floor. We got back on the shuttle and took it to Yosemite Lodge where we got out and walked to a spot where we could get a good picture of the Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls. Back on the shuttle, we went to the trial head to Mirror Lake. It is a one mile walk back to the lake but well worth it. Half Dome and other mountains are reflected beautifully in the lake. There is also a place where people have made little rock statues as hikers do to mark a path. We caught the shuttle back to the village and made a few purchases in the Village Market then headed home stopping to take last pictures of El Capitan and Bridal Veil Falls. It was a wonderful day. You could never tire of the spectacular views in Yosemite and a million pictures would never do it justice. It is one of those places that you have to be there and we were. We are constantly thankful for the beauty that God has bestowed in this country and for our ability to see so much of it.

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