Sunday, 8 April 2012

Yosemite.

Whenever I say Yosemite...I smile. It was a whole other world in that place and to say I have been still amazes me. We were in for a shock though. Before I went to Yosemite I read reviews and saw pictures of all the lush green foliage, the mountains, the wildlife roaming and the picturesque waterfalls.

Well it snowed!

It was so bizarre. We went from sunshine in LA and the Monterey peninsula. I was in the torrential rain and hail of San Francisco. So I might as well have expected there to be snow too huh?!

Even though it wasn't what I expected it was like Narnia out there. Still so stunning and as beautiful as I expected it to be. 

This is Bridaveil falls which is halfway up the mountain. It was at this point you could definitely tell the air was 'thinner' due to the elevation. we were about 10,000 ft above sea level. I felt a little short of breath but soon got used to it. At this point it was not snowing, just foggy and freezing!!!

Yosemite is famous for its California Redwoods, the official tree of California! Isn't the colour amazing?! It snowed buckets just after this picture was taken.

It's really hard to explain Yosemite! So I made this quick video to show how amazing Yosemite Falls was. We were really lucky to see the waterfall as in Summer and Autumn it just trickles. You can see how snowy it was too!

It was just breath taking and I really mean that. You could not take your eyes off it.


Lotte and I outside Yosemite Falls. There is a higher point you can go to but it was closed off because it was icy which was a shame. Due to it being a National Park if you're caught taking anything from the site, e.g. a pine cone, you were fined $500 and sent 30 days to prison. It seems a bit steep of a punishment but in order to protect something so wonderful I can see why it's imposed.

The surrounding areas were stunning as well. Due to snow and fog we were unable to see the towering mountains like El Capitan. But the snow made it look so pretty too! One of the Rangers even said to us you're lucky to see it snow in the day time. It's usually at night is when it snows so we were lucky to see something out of the ordinary.

When we left and got the bottom of the mountain (which is about an hour drive) it was sunny and went up about 20 degrees so you could tell the difference! I would have happily spent the whole day there. It was enchanting!

Next stop...Grand Canyon, Arizona!

6 comments:

Ashley said...

Oh my gosh Rebecca what beautiful photos!! :) I didn't know you were heading to Arizona to see the Grand Canyon. It is beautiful. However, do you know if you are going to the area with the sky walk? It's beautiful no matter what, but I think you should avoid the sky walk and maybe go to one of the other two sides just because I don't think it's as beautiful and that they charge too much. But no matter what, it's beautiful.

<3 Ash

Holly said...

Wow, beautiful photos, especially the second on with all the red! :)

Katie said...

I've always wanted to visit some of the parks out West like Yosemite! Too beautiful!

Looks like you had a wonderful time here in the States!

Hey Monkey Butt said...

Awesome photos... I can't believe those rules though really. Makes sense but geez thats a bit much ya think?!! Yucky snow... hehe...

Stacie said...

Beautiful! My FIL and some other family spent some time in Yosemite and it's a shame my husband and myself never got a chance to visit him when he lived out in CA. Yosemite is on my list of places I want to see one day! :)

Callie Nicole said...

These are beautiful pictures! It sounds like you had a great trip, Becca!

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