Yosemite National Park, APR 11, 2018

We left the Hollister area and traveled toward Yosemite National Park. Along the way we passed through more of the California Central Valley agricultural area with fields of crops, pistachio trees, strawberries, many vineyards, sheep and dairy farms with large cattle pens. After stopping for fuel and supplies and dealing with rough roads and steep, curvy mountain passes we pulled into the Mariposa County Fairgrounds. A long day!

When we last visited Yosemite National Park in September, 2014 we stayed in  a campground west of the park which required taking the RV up a very steep curvy road. We chose not to do that again and instead stayed in Mariposa about an hour from Yosemite. Also since the park is at a higher elevation, it is colder in Yosemite with the forecast of snow one night and temperatures in the twenties and thirties.

Our main reason for visiting now was to see the many waterfalls in the park. When we were there the last time, all the waterfalls had dried up from the summer heat and California drought. We were determined to see the waterfalls this time. Ideally it would have been better to wait until May since some of the roads and trails were still closed from the winter snows. But April was the best time for our 2018 travel plans. Another benefit of visiting in April is a lack of tourist traffic and crowds.

It was a little over an hour drive to the park but two road construction delays made the drive longer. It took us all day to drive around the park, stopping often to gaze in awe at the waterfalls and of course take pictures. The recent rains and spring thaws were obvious as we saw high water levels white rapids and gushing waterfalls. Beautiful!IMG_1689IMG_1711

Our favorite waterfall is Yosemite Falls, which has a drop of 2,425 feet and is the tallest waterfall in the United States. The following pictures are taken of the upper and lower Yosemite Falls.IMG_173320180411_103926IMG_1707IMG_1713IMG_1726

No visit is complete without pictures of El Capitan and Half Dome, both famous Yosemite rock climbing landmarks.IMG_1698IMG_1742

We also watched again the movie about the park at the Visitors Center and took a hike to the amazing grand view of Yosemite Falls. We were able to catch the park shuttle bus back to the car.IMG_1715IMG_1717

Here are several other waterfalls for your enjoyment.IMG_1693IMG_1697IMG_1750IMG_1744IMG_1762

Yosemite is an amazingly beautiful place and I am sure we will return again someday.IMG_1757IMG_1758

After leaving Mariposa we will continue to make our way through northern California on our way to Seattle.

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