|IT IS BY FAR THE GRANDEST OF ALL THE SPECIAL TEMPLES OF NATURE I WAS EVER PERMITTED TO ENTER-JOHN MUIR
I was speechless when we came out of a tunnel and saw all the massive rock surrounding us. Of course it would have been better if the other 24,000 or so people had come another day. The park was so crowded. You could not find a parking place to walk and see some of the beautiful sights. The swinging bridge was out of the question. To turn right to drive to the Bridal Veil Falls could have been possibly a 30 minute or more wait.
We drove on around and finally found a parking place on the side of the road. We had to walk over a half mile to the falls. The parking area for the shuttle was full. So riding the shuttle around the park was out of the question. As you can see by the picture there was no place to park.
There was a sign before we entered the park that you could possibly have a wait of up to 30 minutes or more. We were lucky. It was just about a 10 minute wait.
Yosemite National Park is the size of Rhode Island. There is 1,189 square miles of park. Almost 95% is undeveloped. Accessible only by the backpacker or horseback. Some of the mountains ranges reach up to 13,000 feet along the Sierra Crest.
The water in the Yosemite Falls is low this year. Yosemite Falls is the highest in North America and the 5th in the world. The water from the top descends a total of 2,425 feet. They say when the falls run hard, you can hear them thunder all across the valley.
We drive around to see as much of the park as we can. It being late in the season the crowds that are enjoying the cool streams and hiking trails before school starts here, makes it difficult.
We did stop at the Yosemite Community Church. They have services here every Sunday. The church was a peaceful place to visit. I watched a program on TV called California Gold. Huell Howser worked a a TV station in Nashville years ago. His program highlights unique places in California.
The drive over to the park was great, climbing the mountain to get over to the park was awesome. Our back end met the front end of the car on some curves. We couldn't believe our eyes on the way back, when we meet 2 motorhomes that was 45 ft long, pulling a car on these curves and this mountain. The road was narrow too. But some people will drive motorhomes anywhere. There are 3 tunnels that you go thru. I wonder if they had enough height to go thru the tunnels.
Tomorrow is another travel day. We are going down to Visalia, CA. We will be going to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.