We decided to head from our lodge just outside the park to the visitors centre in Yosemite valley. Our travel agents had advised us to buy an annual pass for the National Parks that we’d be visiting during our stay, which was a great tip and exactly what we did.
Once we were in the park we stopped at Bridalveil Fall and had a little walk. There was still a little bit of water there which is unusual as most of the falls are dry at this time of year. They are fed by snowmelt and around August once that water had gone, they stop flowing until after the winter snows arrive.
We made a couple more stops along the way and then headed for the visitor centre where we picked up some information, including a map of a walk around the valley floor. Following this allowed us to take in the meadows and the lower Yosemite falls which were actually dry.
At the end of the day we took one of the park’s shuttle buses out to the trailhead for the walk to Vernal falls which was a bit of a trek uphill and a bit of a rush down, as I began to worry that it was getting dark and there was food in our car. You are warned everywhere about leaving food in places where bears could get to it, and they have been known to try to break into vehicles!
It’s very difficult to put Yosemite National Park into words. It’s nature on a phenomenal scale: huge granite domes, lush meadows, forests, lakes & waterfalls.