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Spent three wonderful days in Yosemite with our son, Andy, his wife, Alissa, and our granddaughters, Miya and Jasmine. It's the first time Genie and I have returned since a week long backpacking trip to the Minarets at the edge of Yosemite in 1974.

We stayed at Wawona, the Southwest corner of the park, near the Mariposa Grove. I recommend staying here, away from the madding crowds in Yosemite Valley. Rocky Mountain National Park is in our backyard in Colorado, and I think it's crowded at times, but Yosemite is ridiculous. I'm thankful so much of Rocky is a wilderness, and removed from the development that brings such crowds.

The weather was spectacular, highs in the 70's, lows in the 40's, A welcome relief from the heat of the summer. The Sierras had a record snowfall last winter, and with the hot weather, the snowmelt is tremendous. Fly fishing was a bust, come in August for that.

The views are worth all the effort. From Yosemite Valley to the Mariposa Grove of Giant Redwoods, the sights are stunning. Makes a photographer's job easy, being in such a beautiful place.

Take a look at this incredible video from Project Yosemite.

 

Half Dome & El Capitan

Wildflowers on Swinging Bridge trail

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Harlequin Lupine

S. Merced swollen by snowmelt

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No fishing today

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Swinging Bridge over S. Merced

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Andy & Alissa

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Gregg & Genie

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Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls

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Upper Yosemite Falls

Upper Yosemite Falls

With the record snowmelt, the water falls are incredible this June.

Random Waterfall

Random Waterfall

We saw waterfalls where you never see waterfalls.

Ahwahnee Hotel

Ahwahnee Hotel

Ahwahnee Hotel

Ahwahnee Hotel

Ahwahnee Hotel

Ahwahnee Hotel

Ahwahnee Hotel

Ahwahnee Hotel

Ahwahnee Hotel

Ahwahnee Hotel

Ahwahnee Hotel

Half Dome

Swollen Stream

Wood Donut

Hairy Cedar Tree

Lower Yosemite Falls

Rock Garden at Yosemite Falls

Lower Yosemite Falls

Jasmine Rock Climbinb

Miya Climbing

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Yosemite Falls

Family at Yosemite Falls

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Glacier Park Overlook

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Merced River falls thru the valley

Merced flowing at peak

Half Dome

Minarets

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Astounding Valley View

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You are here

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Half Dome

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Yosemite Falls

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Minarets View

Minarets View

We backpacked thru the eastern slopes of the Minarets for a week in 1974, here is the western slope

The Big Picture

Gregg & Genie at Half Dome

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Rock Climbing Miya

Rock Climbing Jasmine

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Mariposa Grove

Giant Sequoias

Fallen Giant

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Deer with Velvet

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Faithful Couple

Faithful Couple

Two Redwoods grown together

Burned Redwood

Clothespin Tree

Deer in Clothespin Tree

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Tunnel Tree trunk

Mariposa Grove

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Grizzly Giant

Grizzly Giant

The large limb on the left is nearly 7 feet in diameter, larger than any non-redwood in Mariposa grove.

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Snow Plant

Snow Plant

Weird red plant that uses no clorophyl

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