Monday, April 29, 2013

Y is for Yosemite - OK, that's pretty obvious

"Let the fire fall" 

The voice echoed through Yosemite Valley. At Camp Curry, we held our breath.  From the top of Glacier Point, a small stream became a full waterfall of molten embers as it fell to the valley floor. New to the sight or a frequent visitor, it was the highlight of the evening.

Photo credit: - Be careful on this site. I went to view the picture and an hour later, remembered I was doing a blog post. Meine Wunderkamper labels the blog "objects of curiosity, memory, knowledge and wonder". It is!

The Firefall is just history now. I think that in today's world it would be considered dangerous and those who track those sort of things would be out protesting. For us, in a less confrontational world, it was magical. The Firefall ended in 1968 after a somewhat tenious start in 1872. The Firefall history is well documented on this site and if you are interested in the history, it's all there.

Everyone writes about Yosemite. Today the park is more restrictive than it used to be. The freedom we had to roam is gone. Most of that is due to the park's popularity. Still, we make the trip frequently. No matter how many times you stop at the viewpoint overlooking the valley, it never gets old.

Yosemite is not just about the valley. We generally come in on the Fresno side. From the entrance, a right turn takes you to the Mariposa Grove of Sequioa's. This is my son and grandson starting the tour.

My favorite memory is staying at the Wawona hotel. On this trip, we ate at the hotel but did not stay there.

Instead, we pitched a tent in the Wawona campground and made it our base camp. From there, we toured the valley. The road to the valley, all 28 miles, was gravel only. It was being repaved.

We left Yosemite from the Tuolumne side. This pictures was taken from Tuolumne Road looking back at the valley from the other side of the park.

Two more pictures to share. The kids were small when this was taken next to the Merced River that runs through the valley. We were wearing long sleeve so it must have been spring when the air was still chilly.   

The kids were a little older here. This was taken at the Viewpoint.

Every time we go to Yosemite, it is a new adventure. The fact that it never gets old allows us to enjoy it all over again.


  1. I haven't been there in years. It's always so crowded. I'm going to have to make more of an effort to get down that way.

  2. Great photos! Just discovering your blog for the first time as I make my way through the A-Z Challenge. Please check us out and sign up to follow if you like what you see. Juliet atCity Muse Country Muse

  3. Gorgeous! I LOVE it. I've never actually been there, but now it's on my to-do list. Is there anything so beautiful as mountains? (Says the girl who grew up in the foothills.)

  4. Beautiful pictures Ann! I'm ashamed to say all that time I lived in CA I never visited Yosemite. Might have to rectify that on my next trip.

  5. Great pictures! I loved it there! My husband and I spent our honeymoon there "camping". We made it one night and nearly froze. That was in July =). Still, it's one of my favorites and would love to go back someday with my kids!

  6. Yosemite looks awesome! I have some serious trips to plan I think :)

  7. Thanks so much for the picture tour and the information on the FireFall. The painting is beautiful. I've been to a few places in California, but Yosemite is not one of them...but a national treasure I would like to visit one day. I've really enjoyed your theme and posts and look forward to keeping in touch through my AtoZ Blog List. I left a comment under your comment on my Letter Y post. Thanks for all your visits and comments.

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  8. I am delighted to say that I've been to Yosemite. It's such a grand place. I don't know about the FireFall, though, and will check out the link you posted.

    One more day to go; I'll miss the camaraderie of A - Z. Please stop by MROP anytime you wish.

  9. So incredibly beautiful. Nothing like a dose of nature's magnificence to instill humility and awe. After all your posts, I'm going to have to make my way down to California to see some of these sights for myself.

    Can't believe we've made it all the way to Y. Don't we just rock!

  10. Wonderful! Never heard of the Firefall though. Sounds intriguing.

  11. Breathtaking photos! Curiously, though I grew up in California, Yosemite was one of the places we never visited.

  12. That must have been beautiful! But yeah, not something you should be doing in a National Park.

  13. Yosemite is gorgeous. It was one of our favorite road trips growing up. Thanks for the stroll down memory lane.

  14. Yosemite is really so beautiful and gorgeous .I like this post so much .
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