A Short Trip To Yosemite
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Day Three - Sequoia National Park with Fats Waller

I started out early from Oakhurst, which is about 14 miles from Yosemite.  I put on Fat's Waller's greatest hits, which worked well for the drive into the part.  I thought about going up to Glacier Point, but there was road work on that route.  I decided to head straight for Yosemite Village.  After a few miles I entered this long tunnel.  When I got to the other side, I was dumbfounded by the incredible view of Yosemite Valley.  There was a fair amount of people there, and everyone seemed joyously intoxicated by the heavenly view.  No photograph comes close to the actual view.  If you ever go to Yosemite, you have to check out the tunnel view!!!  It's really a sublime view, or as John Muir might have called it - God's big show.


The Spectacular Tunnel View of the Yosemite Valley

 

Model T by the tunnel entrance
From
Yosemite National Park Highlights

 

Tunnel View of El Capitan and Bridalveil Falls
From 
Yosemite National Park Highlights


Tunnel View (Portrait)
From Yosemite National Park Highlights

 

When I got down to the valley floor, I got out of my car and started taking pictures of El Capitan.  I also noticed on my right the Bridalveil Falls and decided to walk up to the falls.  It's a great walk with lots of great glimpses of the falls through the trees and also lots cascading water and rocks to see.  It was my great luck that Typhoon Melor dropped a lot rain on Yosemite making all falls and rapids run at this time of year.  The last time I was in Yosemite most of the falls and even the Merced river were mostly dry, so this time, it was a real treat to see all the water, rapids and snow.

 

 

Bridalveil Falls behind the trees
From Yosemite National Park Highlights

 

 

 

 

 

Yosemite Falls reflection in the Merced River
From Yosemite National Park Highlights

I saw the artist and asked her if I could take her picture, and she said OK.  I wish I would have gotten her name, because I would have liked to see what her finished painting looked like.

 

There are a couple of places to eat at on the way to the Visitor Center.  I stopped at the grill and had a nice Gardenburger, a salad and some coffee.  If you walk past the grill, there is also a deli just up the walkway.  If you have never been to Yosemite, there is also a grocery store there where you can stock up on goodies.  I bought a Yosemite baseball cap at the Visitor Center.  They have a store online.

 

Yosemite Falls view by the Visitor Center
From Yosemite National Park Highlights

 

John Muir in the Visitor Center
From Yosemite National Park Highlights

I decided in advance that I was going to drive all the way Lake Tahoe to spend the night.  I had never been there before so I skipped going to the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir.  On the way to the east side of the park, I was surprised by how many waterfalls there along side the roads.  The one below was extra special.  

Waterfall on Big Oak Flat Rd
From Yosemite National Park Highlights

 

Lower Waterfall on Big Oak Flat Rd
From Yosemite National Park Highlights

 

Creek Rapids by Tioga Road
From Yosemite National Park Highlights

This was another great waterfall along Tioga road.

 

Waterfalls by Tioga Road
From Yosemite National Park Highlights

 

 

 

Snow along Tioga Road
From Yosemite National Park Highlights

 

Lone tree by Tioga Road
From Yosemite National Park Highlights

The view here was very impressive overlooking the lake.   At one point I looked down and saw a man with his dog sitting by the lake.  I'm not sure how he got there, because there were no other vehicles around.  It must have been nice for him to have the whole lake to himself.
 

 

 

If I had it to do over, I would have spent the night in Lee Vining instead of going to Lake Tahoe.  I plan to go back to Yosemite next Spring to see how different it looks then. 

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