Yosemite National Park Travel Blog

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September 18, 2008

  • We drove to the village inside Yosemite. On the way there we hit construction and had to wait an hour. It turned out that the park was having a controlled fire, during which a tree very close to the road had caught fire. Since the people in charge weren’t sure whether the tree was going to fall on the road or not, they stopped traffic completely. When we were finally allowed to go, we saw the tree on fire. It looked really cool.
  • In the village, we stopped at the visitor’s center and watched a 22 minute video about the park. I think it is one of the best movies so far. It told us a lot about the park and showed all the beauty of the park.
  • We went through museum and that was very interesting. The displays were all very bright and colorful. It told us all about the forces of nature and how the glaciers are what caused el Capitan and half dome rock to be so steep and made the surfaces so rough. I felt like I learned a lot.
  • After that we went to the Indian village. We were able to see many Indian structures, such as a bark tepee (a tepee made from the strong bark), a sweathouse (an underground dome in which the hunters would light a fire inside and stay in for 1-3 hours, the emerge and take a bath. They would then rub the bark of a tree on them so they just smelled like a tree and could get closer to the animal), and a ceremonial roundhouse, used for traditional ceremonies. It was all very interesting.
  • We then went the Indian and Climbing museum. We about the climbers who climbed el Capitan, half dome rock, and other very steep rocks that are some of the toughest in the world. Sadly, the museum closed before we could see the rest of the climbing exhibit and we didn’t even get to start of the Indian exhibit, but we plan on going back tomorrow.  
  • We decided it was time to head back to the campground and have dinner. We didn’t have to wait on construction like we did on the way to the village so we got back to the campground in a relatively short time.
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