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.
With the record snowmelt, the water falls are incredible this June.
We saw waterfalls where you never see waterfalls.
We backpacked thru the eastern slopes of the Minarets for a week in 1974, here is the western slope
Two Redwoods grown together
The large limb on the left is nearly 7 feet in diameter, larger than any non-redwood in Mariposa grove.
Weird red plant that uses no clorophyl