Yosemite National Park
Trip Start May 21, 2008
11Trip End Dec 31, 2008
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One day we did the scenic drive up Hwy 41 to the south entrance of Yosemite. We drove around the main parts of the park including the Yosemite Valley (approximately 3,000 feet deep and less than a mile wide), that's known for its incredible rock formations with views of the famous:
Half Dome (8,842 ft.) among the most recognized natural features in Yosemite, its western face is a sheer cliff of Plutonic granite - the youngest in Yosemite
Sentinel Rock (7,038 ft.) on the south side of Yosemite Valley, named for its likeness to a watchtower.
El Capitan (7,569 ft.) towering 3,593 ft. from the valley floor, rock climbers from around the world come to challenge their abilities on its granite face giving visitors an excellent opportunity to view this unique sport.
Unfortunately, the movie at the Visitor's Center wasn't operating due to a lack of consistent electrical power that was caused by all the many forest fires in California this year. However, we did walk through the good exhibit at the Center that showed some of the geological info and history of the Park.
We also took the free shuttle around the Valley, but I wish we had taken the tour bus that would have been more informative. We also stopped at Bridal Vail Falls, however, it was pretty small due to the drought conditions. Such a shame, I remember seeing it, on multiple trips many years ago, when it was full and really beautiful.
We left the park by a different route, taking Hwy 140 along the Merced River, then turning south onto Hwy 49 back to close to Course Gold and the RV Park. At one point along the river on Hwy 140, there had been a major landslide that covered the road, so they had built a couple of semi-temporary bridges and about a 1/2 mile detour around the slide.
The rest of our week there was uneventful, just relaxing.