Trip Of A Lifetime

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Yosemite National Park

After picking up the car, and figuring out how to drive on American freeways, we started our trek to Yosemite. The most amazing thing about driving to this particular part of California is that you get to watch the scenery unfold around you. Every 15 minutes or so one of us would turn to the other and say "Oh, Wow! Look to your left. Do you see that?" It is just so incredibly breath-taking. We saw mountains, waterfalls, snow and rivers. All pristine and simply gorgeous.

Our hotel was quite literally on the Merced River. By literally I mean that when we open the back door there is one metre of decking, a fence and then the river. It's so loud! Luckily instead of keeping us awake, it was quite soothing as we fell asleep. When we woke up in the morning there was mist swirling over the river and obscuring the view of the mountains that we were in the middle of.

We decided to go into the park itself, which was only a few kilometres away. Again we were blown away by the beauty. There had been snow overnight and as we climbed higher there was more and more snow covering everything. We got some great photos of the snow capped mountains and ice covered sections of the river. The morning''s mist cleared really quickly and we ended up with some very brisk but spectacular weather as we explored Yosemite National Park.

From here we're going to Hollywood, with a brief stop in Bakersfield so that we can see a more ''average'' America.


  • Yeah, Yosemite National Park is the single most beautiful place on Earth (that I've ever seen, anyway). My memories of Yosemite represent the epitome of nature at its finest and most majestic, for mine.

    I'd love to see it in winter again. Our most recent trip was in America's spring / summer, but when I was twelve I saw it in winter. Breath-taking, as you said.

    I'm so glad you're having such great experiences! Lots of love to you both.

    By Blogger BEVIS, at 6:38 am  

  • It is a beautiful place. Glad you love it and where you stayed sounds wonderful. Enjoy Hollywood for what it is. You'll get to see the famous sign!
    Love Wifey.

    By Anonymous wifey, at 12:07 pm  

  • That snow looks fantastic. I was there in Summer/Autumn and it looked quite dry. I must try to get there when it's snowing - very picturesque.

    Keep it coming!

    By Blogger Riss, at 3:34 am  

  • Yosemite sure is breathtaking, even more so with snow, did you take to cross country skiing M & W
    Zak sends his regards he is spending today with us.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:13 am  

  • it looks like a wonder land, like Narnia with the forest covered in snow. i hope it's not too cold for you.
    love seeing the pictures!
    love wifey.

    By Anonymous wifey, at 6:52 am  

  • M & W... we didn't quite have time to ski, and a lot of the roads were closed due to flooding and or snow fall.

    By Blogger noshie, at 7:37 pm  

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