Yosemite National Park

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El Capitan

Sunday- Packed up camp to head for Yosemite!  Tyler was freaked out by several large spiders in the men's room, one was right in the shower with him.  I can't remember the name of the state park we stayed at, but it didn't take long to get to Yosemite from there.

 The first thing we saw within the park was El Capitan and Half Dome, from a distance at an overlook.  We walked down some trails off the overlook, then drove down into Yosemite Valley.  We then walked a trail up to Bridal Veil Falls, but Dawn stayed behind because her knees were hurting, hiking uphill bothers her too much. There were a lot of people on the trail.  The paved trail ended at a good viewpoint for photography, but you could continue closer by clamboring over some rocks, which several people were.

Bridal Veil Falls
Tyler and I were able to get right up under the falls. In fact, Ty found a little cave behind the falls. 

We went to Yosemite Village, and we were lucky to get a parking spot there!  We had lunch at the visitor center, and shared a table with an older couple from England. They were talking about the current restrictions on air travel, like how she can't carry needles on the plane, but she needs one because she is allergic to bee stings.  Explored the park, took lots of pictures of the mountains, and the highest waterfall.  

Spent some time in the gift shops before heading out. I wish we could have spent some more time hiking here, but the day just flew by!  This is definately the kind of park where you could spend a week or more, especially if you are a hiker or backpacker.  Just too much here to properly see in one day!  It took a long time to get out of the park, as we were stuck behind a slow tour bus and there was only one way out.  The sun was setting as we made our way out of the park.  Next destination,  Kings Canyon/Sequoia National Parks!

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El Capitan
El Capitan
Bridal Veil Falls
Bridal Veil Falls
guess where we are now!
guess where we are now!
Half Dome
Half Dome
El Cap
El Cap
hiking to the base of Bridal Veil …
hiking to the base of Bridal Veil…
The last part of the hike was rock…
The last part of the hike was roc…
Ty looks for critters in the water
Ty looks for critters in the water
bottom of bridal veil falls
bottom of bridal veil falls
Bridal Veil Falls
Bridal Veil Falls
Bridal Veil Falls
Bridal Veil Falls
Yosemite Valley
Yosemite Valley
Waterfall
Waterfall
Waterfall closeup
Waterfall closeup
Yosemite Valley Waterfall...not mu…
Yosemite Valley Waterfall...not m…
Yosemite Valley
Yosemite Valley
the crew
the crew
can you see the lizard?
can you see the lizard?
Yosemite Valley
Yosemite Valley
Yosemite Valley
Yosemite Valley
we were stuck behind this slow bus…
we were stuck behind this slow bu…
outside Yosemite
outside Yosemite