Saturday, August 13, 2011

Glacier Point Road and the Mariposa Grove

Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park takes you to some gorgeous, panoramic views of Yosemite Valley and its largest waterfalls. I was highly disappointed that it was still closed when we got there.

However, as we were leaving Yosemite Valley and driving down south towards Wawona, I was delighted to learn that Glacier Point Road had been opened for the holiday weekend (Memorial Day). The view was mind blowing. Here is one of the few places where you can actually see all of Yosemite Falls.

You can also see many other tall waterfalls descending through the valley.

And you can get some fantastic shots of half dome from here.

You can still see the snow on top of it in this shot.

Yosemite Falls really is amazing. I kept being led back to it.

But that wasn't the only beautiful thing to see.

Earlier that morning we'd actually hiked the Mist Trail/John Muir Trail up and around Vernal and Nevada Falls. It was really awesome to be able to see it from a bird's eye view afterwards. It made me feel really proud of myself!

So many beautiful shots of the valley!

Half dome is really quite impressive.

I love this cute shot of me with Yosemite Falls in the background

And this Yosemite Falls closeup.

I still can't believe we hiked that whole thing.

This view is stunning, but not for those who are afraid of heights.

This is one of the very few places where you can see Vernal and Nevada Falls together, and see the whole hike going around it.

Vernal Falls closeup.

And a zoomed in view of several other waterfalls we could see in the distance.

Just a few last shots before we took off for Mariposa Grove in Wawona.

This was some of the scenery we saw along our way.

It's not a long distance, but it's a decent drive on winding roads. Good thing there were pretty things to look at along the way.

And finally we made it to the Mariposa Grove - a grove of large, ancient Sequoia trees near the south entrance of the park.

The first tree we saw along the trail was the "Fallen Giant."

A few had been charred from fire.

Lots of tree rings.

The three cousins.

This one had had a hole carved out of it to make way for a carriage.

Here's Oscar in the carriage hole.

And this last one was the tallest tree in the park.

And for the final section of our trip, click here to see pics of the Hetch Hetchy reservoir.

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