“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
If you want to witness true beauty in its most natural form, visit Yosemite National Park in California. Endless forest of Pines, Cedars, Sequoias and Oak sprawled over roaming valleys and hills leading up to massive Granite formations jutting toward the sky. Yosemite Valley is one of few places I have visited where I could not concentrate on anything but the surrounding landscape, everywhere I went I felt as though I was small child experiencing my first toy store, wandering around, constantly looking up in awe at the enormous granite walls overreaching the canopy of evergreen trees.
A definite surreal feeling clouds your brain as you wander through golden lit tree trunks and into expansive fields of tall grass, where you stop at a lone bush to watch a young male Mule Deer rub its velvet covered antlers on the branches as it struggles to graze on the green leaves.
Yosemite holds 840 miles of trails winding through the over 750,000 acres of gorgeous terrain including granite peaks over 5,000 feet tall and 21 amazing waterfalls.
Yosemite homes numerous lakes, Tenaya Lake is one of the easiest to get to (when the Tioga Road is open, late May or early June to sometime in November) and is quite popular for picnicking, swimming, and canoeing, but if you’re looking to beat the crowds there are plenty of others to hike to that are a little more secluded.
One of Yosemite’s biggest attraction is Half Dome, A massive 4800 foot granite slab, in fact its the largest granite slab in the world.
Yosemite is full of life, with every step there is some sort of critter either scrambling up a tree or chattering at you from a nearby branch. The Park is home to around 400 black bears and thousands of Mule Deer, both desensitized to human presence.
Yosemite is truly a magical place, it holds everything you would want in an outdoor adventure spot and more, I hope this inspires you to visit and spend some time soaking in this amazing place that needs to be respected and preserved.