Sunday, April 14, 2019

Chasing Waterfalls : Yosemite National Park

"No temple made by hands can compare with Yosemite" wrote the naturalist Jon Muir, who efforts led to the establishment of Yosemite Park in 1890.
 quoted in 1000 Places to See Before You Die, p. 584

For March break, we spent the week in San Francisco including a few days in Yosemite National Park.   The original forecast was poor, but changed in our favour.  The temperature ranged about freezing to 10 C and sunny the entire time.  We did not require chain for the tires.

During the off season, there are not many accommodation options in the park.   We stayed at the historic Majestic Hotel in the park (formerly called the Ahwahee Hotel).   

Built in 1927, the hotel has an interesting history and architecture.   I highly recommend joining the daily tour.  I don't think you need to stay at the hotel to take the tour. 

Hotel guests can enjoy tea at 4 pm each day in the great room.

During the off season some of Yosemite's trails and climbs are closed due to the conditions.  For our day hikes, we hiked the Bridalveil Fall (which was very icy), Lower Yosemite Fall, Mirror Lake, Lower Vernal Fall and the Valley Floor Loop.  There is a complimentary shuttle which can take you to the trail heads.  From the shuttle, the driver pointed out a bobcat which was a rare sighting.  Yosemite's waterfalls are spectacular.

Above: Although Bridal Veil trail is classified as easy, the mist from waterfall made the approach to treacherous.
At the Yosemite Village, there is a post office, a small gallery, and a National Park Store where you can pick up souvenirs. We picked up a patch for our blanket!