Monday, February 16, 2015

Visiting Yosemite National Park

Happy Monday! Hope you had a wonderful weekend filled with love since Saturday was Valentine's Day. I am not really one to celebrate Valentine's day. I just find it to be yet another Hallmark holiday so I typically just work on this day. However, this year was the first time I actually had it off so I asked the hubby if he wanted to head up to the mountains for some fresh air and some trails. I am very fortunate that Yosemite National Park happens to be in my own back yard. It is a quick hour and a half drive yet there are locals that have never seen this natural beauty. 

We left our house around 7am on Saturday. My husband told me, "You know how much I love you? I woke up early on a Saturday for you." Man he cracks me up. We didn't exchange any gifts. We actually hardly ever do. All we wanted to do was spend some quality time together and enjoy Yosemite. Once we move it will be a lot harder to come and visit this beautiful National Park. We picked a great day to visit. Not only was it free since it was President's Day Weekend but the weather couldn't have been any better!

We first went to see Bridalveil Falls. The waterfall was absolutely beautiful and to think it has hardly rained! Actually I was completely surprised there was no snow on the ground. The weather was in the mid 70s and bright and sunny as can be. The weather looked nothing like winter.

This entire park is stunning with great views all over. We actually pulled over a few times in order to get some great pictures. I took my good Nikon camera but I have yet to download them. All these pictures are from my phone. Some came out better than others but honestly pictures wouldn't do it justice.

We went to Yosemite Valley and started walking towards the lower falls. We were able to see them from far away but then we decided to head the opposite way and hike towards Mirror Lake. There was practically no one on the trail and that was fine with us! It was so peaceful and serene.

Our hike towards Mirror Lake was awesome and reaching our final destination was so rewarding. The lake was beautiful and so majestic. We had worked up quite an appetite during our hike so we ate there while enjoying some great views. 

There are so many things to do in Yosemite. Of course you can always camp there, go mountain bike riding, go out for a run, hike the hundreds of hiking trails, etc. The list can honestly go on and on depending on the season. You can even get married there! We actually watched two weddings take place while there. We only went to Yosemite for the day but if given the opportunity I would love to stay there for a few days and hike more trials. People from all over the world come to see this National Park and I have been blessed to have it so close to me for all these years while living in Fresno.  

Have you ever visited Yosemite or any other National Park?

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  1. Great photos! I've never been to Yosemite, but we did see the Grand Canyon, gosh...almost 8 years ago! In Thailand we hiked in a national park, up these series of waterfalls. It was called Erawan Waterfall.

    1. The Grand Canyon is on my bucket list for sure and so is Thailand for sure! I can only imagine the what wonderful waterfalls you saw there!