But still, its absolutely beautiful! It receives about 4 million visitors a year! Yosemite is a glaciated landscape, and the scenery that resulted from the interaction of the glaciers and the underlying rocks was the basis for its preservation as a national park. Iconic landmarks such as Yosemite Valley, Hetch Hetchy, Yosemite Falls, Vernal and Nevada Falls, Bridalveil Fall, Half Dome, the Clark Range, and the Cathedral Range are known throughout the world by the photographs or paintings of countless photographers and artists, both amateur and professional.
Generally, in all these national parks, I learnt different things, but also learnt the same things repeatedly- Don’t feed wildlife, or the animals will become habituated to human food. Don’t cross speed limits. Don’t go off trail. Don’t leave food, or any trace other than footprints wherever you go. Don’t throw garbage generally, dispose them in proper bins, and that wildlife and nature should be preserved.
Yosemite is famous for several waterfalls, the main one being the Yosemite falls. The Yosemite Falls are grouped into 3 parts, the Upper Falls (1430 feet), the middle cascades (675 feet) and the lower fall (320 feet). You can hike either to the Lower Falls (.5 miles) or to the Upper Falls (Takes about 4 hours for even the fittest people). We just stuck with the lower falls, which are gorgeous. I even drew it! On the walk, you can see the complete falls, so you don’t miss out on much. Squirrels are everywhere! And they are just so cute!!
We also entered the Tuolumne grove, which has Giant Sequoia Trees. Its away from the main part of Yosemite (Yosemite Valley) and you have to walk about 5 kilometers (3.2 miles) but its absolutely eye-dropping. These trees can live upto 5,000 years! How crazy is that?
We were staying inside the park, in a place called Half Dome Village, in tent-like-cabins. Our car was over 1 Kilometer away from our cabin. There were about 750 cabins in total. No food was allowed inside our car or cabin. Metal food lockers were available outside every tent. While a bear can smell food in a locker, the bear can’t get into the locker if it’s closed and latched properly. So, we had to put all our food in bear-proof lockers outside our cabins. They were made in such a way that bears cant’t access them. Showers were about 100 meters from us, and food was eaten in the guest lounge, the only place where you could eat food inside a room and not freeze to death and charge your things and access wifi. At night, we FROZE. We were staying for three nights. The first night, we weren’t prepared at all. The second night, five layers wasn’t enough. The third night, 7 layers wasn’t enough. Well, another adventure happened.