Yosemite NP And All It's Wonder

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I am going to tempt you to come to Yosemite NP and marvel at its granite peaks, towering sequoia trees and thundering Yosemite waterfalls. I am telling you, there is so much to do here in Yosemite Nat Park. I really believe that to see Yosemite is to see the best that California has to offer. Below I have listed the main points of interest that are in Yosemite Valley for you to see and do once you are here. Just click on its link to learn more about that place.

Big Trees

Mariposa Grove is home to the California Yosemite Big Trees. This grove hosts some of the oldest and largest living things on earth. This grove has more than 600 Giant Sequoias! The earths largest and oldest Sequoias and Redwoods have been growing here for centuries.

Mariposa Grove is only one of three groves of giant trees here and I love to hike amongst these giants.

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Going to the chapel in Yosemite! The little chapel is open year around. This chapel is booked well in advance as Yosemite NP is a popular destination for weddings and honeymoons.

I have seen this chapel used for church services, weddings, marriage vow renewals, baptisms and baby dedications. Standing on the steps of the chapel you can see Yosemite Falls and Half Dome.

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El Capitan

El Capitan in Yosemite means The Chief. Being the chief piece of granite rock in existence today. This vertical rock was carved by an ice glacier 100 million years ago. Yosemite Valley was covered in 4,000 feet of ice and as the ice melted, Yosemite was born.

When you enter the Yosemite NP from the north, El Capitan is

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the first large rock on the left, that comes into view. This sheer piece of granite rises 3,593 feet above the valley floor. It is is 7,569 feet above sea level. The top of the rock slumps over and is called The Nose.

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Glacier Point

You may drive your car to Yosemite Glacier Point. This is the place to come and oversee the valley of Yosemite National Park and the surrounding Sierra Nevada Mountains. When you stand up here you will see vast expanses of terrain that is so high, few trees grow. The views here always take my breath away.

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Half Dome

Yosemite Half Dome stands 8,842 feet tall. A granite mountain that has been cut in half by the ice glaciers that passed through. When the glacier passed through it did not reach the top 900 feet of this rock. The glaciers took out the jointed northwest side and the frost took out the front side of the rock. I think this is a very recognizable part of the Yosemite NP landscape.

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Mirror Lake

Yosemite's Mirror Lake is filling itself in, naturally with silt and sand. It will eventually be nothing more than a meadow. But for now, we swim in Mirror Lake, fish in the lake, climb on nearby rocks and chill out on the sandy shores. I have often seen deer come here to drink and the last time I was here, I saw a baby bear chasing its dinner :)

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The Village

The Yosemite Village has a museum, shops, general store, places to eat, ATM's, restrooms, Ansel Adams Gallery and more. Behind the Visitors Center is a fun, interactive Indian Village.

You can go in T-Pees, a smoke house and in the summer talk with the Indians that grew up here.

They always show a movie about Yosemite here in their nice theater. Take time to shop and grab a good meal.

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All The Waterfalls

Here I want to show you the main Yosemite waterfalls. There are four main waterfalls in Yosemite Valley. There are waterfalls just outside the valley and seasonal waterfalls as well. The deeper the snow pack the more waterfalls there are.

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Yosemite's Tuolumne Meadows Above The Valley

Tuolumne Meadow's is Yosemite's High Country. Above the valley floor lies several mountain lakes stocked with fish, several campgrounds, granite domes and jagged peaks. I find this area to be a hiker/backpackers dream!

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Panoramic views of the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. This is the place to camp, hike, horseback ride, fish and photograph.

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Yosemite's Twin Valley Hetchy Hetchy

Hetch Hetchy is a called the twin valley of Yosemite. San Francisco has put in a dam and covered up the valley of Hetch Hetchy to supply its city the power and water it needs. I love the hiking trails and waterfalls here. It is less crowded here than the valley and a part of Yosemite NP that most people do not see.

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