Heading down towards the central valley of California, views of the vast agricultural lands of almond trees, orange orchards, and lush vineyards competing with varieties of dry grass is all that will greet you . Who would ever imagine that there are nature’s own breathtaking niches somewhere hidden beyond? Thanks to the inquisitive, daring and relentless people who have gone ahead and explored such wonders of nature.
A visit to Yosemite National Park has been on my to-do list for a long time, but has never made it to my priority list until recently. So, my family and I decided to hit the roads and do a day trip to Yosemite to experience its raw beauty.
Half way up there, I wished other wise as the windy roads challenged my body and mind and just when I could take no more, refreshing sights of white waterfalls started to ease my whole core.
The majestic rocks, full-bodied waterfalls making its way through the tapestry of green foliage, the evergreen trees, lush green meadows, and the rushing creeks and lakes meandering through it all was a feast to mind, body, and soul.
While driving to Glacier Point, our target destination, now and then we pulled over and got out to flood our eyes and spirits with the luscious beauty around us and to capture those scenic views to treasure and share.
Another spectacular vista pointe on the way was the Tunnel View which meant we had to stop again and join so many other tourists for some camera moments.
Below is a broader view of the same El Capitan, Bridal Veil Falls and Half Dome in the far back.
As we continued upwards past amazing views, sometimes literally getting lost and going in opposite directions, we found our way back with the landmark series of tunnels.
The magic of nature unfolded slowly as we wound our way through these tunnels, some short while others long.
Arriving at Glacier Point, we parked and walked up a little and the panoramic view of the entire Yosemite Valley with its popular features overwhelmed us.
Finally, the sight before our eyes of the majestic Half Dome from the Glacier Point overlook was amazing. Once we recovered from being struck by its stoic beauty, our senses were drawn to its surrounding. The gigantic rocks among a jungle of pine trees with milky white waterfalls was a beauty to behold. The waterfalls such as Bridal Veil, Yosemite Falls, and others seemed to burst forth in joy over the mountains, while others seemed to gracefully weave their way between crannies and crevices only to meet the waters below in excitement.
What initially seemed to be a long day due to driving up those windy roads, losing our way and heading into wrong directions was rewarded well. Though our bodies were a bit tired, our souls were refreshed and we are left with a longing to return someday and take in more of the beauty of Yosemite mountains.
” The mountains are calling and I must go.” (John Muir)
” The human spirit needs places where nature has not been re-arranged by the hand of man.” – Author Unknown