Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Yosemite Delivers

"Yosemite Valley embraces one of the world's most outstanding concentrations of waterfalls, granite walls, meadows, wildflowers, and trees." Yes, Yosemite National Park is a jewel even if we came in the fall when the waterfalls and flowers are waning, and the grass is gone dormant waiting for a rebirth in spring.
We were overwhelmed by the polished granite edifices that surround a friendly valley with the Merced River, calming meadows, and towering pines.

It is by far the grandest of all the special temples of Nature I was ever permitted to enter. ~ John Muir

Yosemite Valley, to me is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space. ~ Ansel Adams
We were glad that we included the one hour drive up to Glacier Point to behold the spectacular aerial view of the park, and the Mariposa Grove which includes some impressive old growth sequoia trees.

(Due to restrictions on Internet time I cannot provide as much detail as I hoped. Thanks to all who are following this western trek and for those who provide thoughtful comments.)

When have you experienced a 'Shangri La' moment in an idyllic setting, near or far from your home?