Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park Trip

I grew up in the Eastern Sierra Nevadas.  Yosemite was the closest and largest national park to my own front door.  We could take day trips or over night trips depending on what type of adventure we were looking for.  Yosemite National Park is where my first overnight with not parents took place.  It was a three day two night trip with nothing but my high school friends.

Our trip started in Lee Vining where we ate our last meal.  The Whoa Nelli Deli is ironically a gas station restaurant that that has some of my favorite fish tacos.  It served as a great last meal before we venture into the wilderness to hike, fish, and eat food that is lets say less than 5 stars.

As a pesky rebellious teenager I wasn’t as aware or as appreciative of what lay just in my back yard.  But as I have gotten older, I have become more aware and thankful of the the quote by John Muir.

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity…” –John Muir, 1898

We drove up Tioga pass parked our car and began our trip.  Our goal was 3 days two nights in the wilderness.  Of course we had half dome as a part of our trip.  Their is something magnificent about half dome and its sheers size.

Our trip was intentionally planned during the fall so that we could enjoy the fall color changes.  In addition to enjoying the fall colors we were set to enjoy fishing.  We caught our share of brown and rainbow trout.  This was especially important because it meant we could enjoy a much better dinner than the dried crackers we otherwise would have been eating.

On the first morning, we made our way through Tuolomne Meadows and through Yosemite.  If you have never visited Yosemite then their is a new level of beauty and natural power than you are yet to experience.  It has been over a decade since I have been back to Yosemite national park.  But it has such beauty that I may have to revisit it soon.