This was 1 Glorious Day at Yosemite National Park!

On an October day Randy and I hired a guide for a tour of Yosemite National Park while traveling from San Francisco to Carmel. We chose Close Up Tours , and we highly recommend them for a more personal experience of the park. They go out of their way to accommodate your needs. Our guide was Joe, a former ranger at the Park, and he had tremendous knowledge.

The Yosemite National Park is majestic and filled with wonder.

The Yosemite National Park is majestic and filled with wonder.

It is difficult to even express the wonder of Yosemite, and I have been to many places on this planet that are awe inspiring. Our day in the park was perfect…the autumn sun was shining, at times the clouds were low and gave tremendous drama to the scenery. Although the waterfalls and rivers had been dry since July, a rain a few days before our visit gave us the opportunity to see gushing waterfalls and roaring rivers. Yosemite is a huge piece of art created by nature’s bounty. If you have not been there, I tell you it must be on your list of places to see before you die. There are no words to accurately describe its majesty and beauty.

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El Capitan wreathed in clouds

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El Capitan was larger than I could ever have imagined.

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Horsetail Fall is one of the most famously photographed sights in Yosemite. During March, the sun setting turns the water to a fire red. Photographers come from all over the world to photograph it.

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Climbers on the face of El Capitan…even with a zoom, they are so high they look like ants.

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Here you can see Bridal Veil Falls and creek, a much visited sight.

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Bridal View in the morning sun.

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Bridal Veil Falls late afternoon.

Yosemite is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. For over 3,000 years Native Americans lived in the mountains and valleys. When the first Europeans came, the Ahwahnechee tribe was in the Yosemite Valley. When the California Gold Rush began, the area began to fill up with non-native people (whites), and tensions grew between the Ahwahnechees and the settlers. The Mariposa War chased the Ahwahnechees into the heart of Yosemite Valley, and it rapidly became known as a scenic wonder. The Gold Rush quickly depleted and destroyed the resources the indigenous people depended on, and disease brought by the Europeans spread and killed many. Extermination of native culture became a policy of the United States Government, as horrible as that is. Our country was brutal to Native Americans, there is no question about that.

Yosemite and the Mariposa Seqouia Grove were ceded to California while Lincoln was in office, and he signed the bill. John Muir came to the valley in 1868 to work on a ranch while he explored the area. He became alarmed at the overgrazing of the meadows, and the cutting of the great sequoia trees. “Muir’s wish was partially granted on October 1, 1890, when the area outside the valley and sequoia grove became a national park under the unopposed Yosemite Act.The Act provided “for the preservation from injury of all timber, mineral deposits, natural curiosities, or wonders within said reservation, and their retention in their natural condition” and prohibited “wanton destruction of the fish and game and their capture or destruction for the purposes of merchandise or profit.” (Wikipedia.)

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Driving through the park was amazing. We gasped at every turn.

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Stillness.

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Sequoia tree

We enjoyed lunch at the famous Ahwahnee Hotel, now known as the Majestic Hotel. There is huge controversy over the renaming of places within the park, and lawsuits have been filed. You can learn more about it at http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-mh-the-corporate-grab-yosemite-park-s-trademarks-20160119-column.html. The hotel is, indeed, majestic. I’m sad that it was full when we went in October, though the park was not overcrowded. We stayed at Mariposa Lodge, a cute little hotel in Mariposa that I certainly recommend. After lunch we strolled the grounds and came upon a mother and her fawn. They were so beautiful, and as long as one didn’t approach noisily or too closely, they were fine with humans.

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See the acorn in her mouth?

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In 1903 John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club, camped with President Teddy Roosevelt beneath Glacier Point. Check out this very cool photo of them in the park! After 3 days, Roosevelt was convinced to take Yosemite and the Mariposa Grove away from California and declare it federal property. He did so, and thanks in great part to Muir and Roosevelt, we have many incredible national parks. If you want to help protect our natural resources please visit the Sierra Club. The rest of our day continued with wonder, and gratitude that such places are protected (we hope).

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Driving in the park was absolutely amazing, as was the foilage.

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Bracken Ferns.

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The green moss was almost neon!

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A miniature Yosemite Falls in Braille!

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Yosemite has an Upper Falls and a Lower Falls.

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A view of Muir’s meadow and Yosemite Falls. Imagine Teddy R camping there for 3 days! You bet he’d want to protect it!

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The colors were so deep, so startling!

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Randy and Joe, our guide.

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Sentinel Dome from Tunnel View.

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A view of Bridal Veil through the Tunnel.

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Tunnel View: Half Dome and the Falls

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Tunnel View. On the left is Half Dome, on the right, Nevada Falls on top and Vernal Falls on the bottom.

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Half Dome.

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Half Dome.

From Glacier Point back down to the Yosemite Valley, the day was almost over. The sunset in Yosemite is spectacular. Our day ended in a blaze of color.

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A Yosemite Sunset at Bridal Veil and El Capitan.

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The sun begins to sink

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Sun beginning to set on El Capitan

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We thought it looked almost like a volcano!

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The end of a perfect day in Yosemite National Park.

Please protect Yosemite National Park.

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I am an avid scuba diver, underwater photographer, amateur historian; interested in all people and cultures. For me, the unexpected is usually the norm! My motto? I am an Empty Nester who likes to Renew, Revamp, and Reinvent Life! Contact me at travelswithtam@gmail.com

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  1. Looks like you had a fantastic day~ thanks for sharing your day with us. I was in Yosemite a couple weeks before you, but was not in the park from morning to sunset. I lovey our sunset photos.

  2. Wow………thank you for taking us on this glorious trip with you! It was just the break I needed. The pictures are beyond gorgeous!

  3. barbara free says:

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience, and the amazing photo’s. I have never been, but it is indeed on my “bucket list”…..for good reason. Great photo of Randy and your guide!

  4. Tom Murphy says:

    Tam and Ran- so glad you enjoyed one hell of a day in Yosemite! Fantastic pics! Celebrate leaders that believe in preservation and conservation!!!! Woop woop! Live u murph

    • Tam Warner says:

      Thanks! And we are going to have to fight to keep these places now that we have a climate denier and oil and gas lackey as the next leader of the free world. Yes, celebrate leaders who have a brain and know that our natural resources keep us breathing. Love you!

  5. “from the sublime to the ridiculous” Tam – I’m so used to seeing your amazing underwater photos, this was the opposite end of the spectrum with all those soaring heights and that gorgeous little deerling! It looks like an amazing place.

  6. Amazing images of Yosemite. I’m going to pin some. It’s one of the jewels of California.
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  7. One of my favorite places. And as usual, your images are breathtaking. And reflect the beauty of the park!

  8. How beautiful. What a gorgeous, peaceful place to get away from the craziness of the world.

  9. Estelle says:

    Yosemite is on my list. What beautiful photos-it made it seem like I was right there.

  10. What a nice compliment! Truthfully, no one could possibly take a bad photo in Yosemite!

  11. Gorgeous photos. I was really intrigued to read your post because when I was hiking in Utah a few years ago, I would ask other hikers what their favourite National Park was and the most common answer: Yosemite. So, obviously, it’s next on my list. Your photos just confirmed that yes, it is (WELL) worth visiting!

    • It was amazing. Spectacular! We were so lucky to have the perfect day. The problem with going to places like this is you want to go again….and again! Thanks for stopping by, Janice! I hope you sign up!

  12. Yosemite is so beautiful, and wow did you capture it in your fantastic photos! Interestingly, a ranger told us when we were visiting that the vast majority of visitors to the park only come for one day.
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  13. Yosemite is such a beautiful park and your photos were a wonderful reminder of my time there. I highly recommend a multi-day stay to enjoy some hiking and exploring.

  14. Yosemite is SO spectacular. It’s been far too long since my last visit. Thx for sharing your great pics with us.
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  15. Sue Reddel says:

    We visited Yosemite for just one day years ago and have been dreaming of going back. It was during a drought period so the falls were barely running. But we still loved the visit. Your photos are truly remarkable and take me back there instantly. Thanks!

  16. Magnificent photos during your one day visit to Yosemite National Park.
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  17. What spectacular images! I’ve been to Yosemite countless times and I never get tired of it. Am looking forward to yet another visit.

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