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When I think of the overwhelming majesty of Yosemite National Park, I cannot help but agree with Carl Sharsmith, a longtime Yosemite ranger.  When a park visitor asked what Carl would do if he only had one day in Yosemite, Carl replied, “I’d go sit by the Merced River and cry!”  And he was right:  There may never be enough time to see all the grandeur of the Yosemite, in all its wonder.  But however much time you have to spend, Yosemite National Park is worth the trip.  It does not matter what season.  Every experience—taking a sunrise walk with a ranger, strolling through the rain on a chilly fall afternoon, picnicking along the Merced in the summer, being surprised by the mist coming off Bridalveil Falls, noticing deer or coyote across a field, or marveling at wildflowers as they come to life after a spring shower—adds to the tapestry that is Yosemite.  Each experience is its own unique treasure.

Although I grew up in California, my first visit to Yosemite was as an adult in October 1989.  I was attending a conference, so was able to enjoy the park through small excursions around the meetings and dinners that were part of the event. Since then, I have returned to Yosemite many times, in all seasons.  But I will always remember the gray skies and subdued autumn colors of that first visit.


By the time of my first trip, the Tunnel Tree in the Mariposa Grove had already collapsed and Mirror Lake was drying up rather quickly, but most of the wonders of the 1200 square mile national park were still available for visitors thanks in good part to the preservation efforts of John Muir, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. In 1833, white explorers first discovered the gorgeous Yosemite Valley that was home to Indians for years and years, but full exploration did not begin until 1851. By 1855, the first tourist groups descended on the Valley, and speculators started considering ways to exploit the area’s natural resources.

John Muir, always a friend to Yosemite, made extensive pleas to preserve the area in its natural state. In 1864, Lincoln signed the act that ceded Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove to California as a public park. In 1890, the land around Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove were made a national park.  Finally, in 1906, California gave its portion of Yosemite to the United States, and Yosemite National Park was formed. In 1913, a controversial decision was made to dam the Tuolumne River to create the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir to provide drinking water for San Francisco; the project was completed in 1923.  Although less spectacular than Yosemite Valley, the Hetch Hetchy Valley had been impressive, and its flooding to create the reservoir is still mourned and contested by many.


Over the years, I have visited Yosemite National Park many times. Although a visit any time of the year is wondrous, I tend to avoid the summer—it is just too crowded! My favorite destination is Yosemite Valley, but I have explored other areas as well, including trips to Tioga Pass, Tuolumne Meadows, and Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. On my trips I usually do not wander too far off the beaten path because of some health and mobility limitations. That means I will never see everything the park has to offer, but I can experience quite a bit.  For example, I will never hike to Vernal and Nevada Falls or up the back way to Glacier Point, which reaches a staggering height of 7,214 feet.  But I can drive to the Glacier Point Lookout, once the road opens each spring.  From that view, it is easy to see why John Muir offered the following conclusion:  “The most striking and sublime features on the grandest scale is the Yosemite.”

Each visit, as I drive out of the 8-mile tunnel that leads into the Valley, I am overwhelmed by the glory of the Tunnel View.  Off in the distance is the aptly named Cloud’s Rest, which—at 9,926 feet—truly seems to reach into the sky and grab hold of the passing clouds. When the sun breaks through, it is magnificent.

The more I visit Yosemite, the more I realize that it is a mercurial place, changing its mood and personality with each season. The crowds and weather also contribute to the subtle distinctions that make each visit special. Over the years, it is the contrast apparent from one visit to the next that stands out for me, even in something as simple as a fallen tree in the meadow.  The contrasts apparent in some of the major features of the Valley are even more impressive. 

El Capitan is a granite monolith that rises 3600 feet above the Merced River, but at times it is obscured by fog. 

Yosemite Falls is probably one of the most well known features of the Valley. The Falls plummet a total of 2,245 feet in stages and are designated as the Upper and Lower Falls. At the falls, the water’s power and majesty can be felt. 

If you have never visited the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, make the time to stop at least once.  You will discover over 500 mature giant sequoias.  Many of these trees are over 3,000 years old.  The largest one is 290 feet tall and 40 feet in diameter. There is a tram ride and an easy trail that allow visitors to mingle with the trees. 

One of the most recognizable views of Yosemite is Half Dome, which stretches up 8,842 feet.  Whenever I see it, I remember the Indian legend a ranger shared on a nature walk one year. It is a great story that explains many of the topographical features of the Valley. The story also stresses the human connection to the area and reminds us all that we should be guardians of the valleys and mountains around us. 

Here is the Legend of Tissiak as I recall it:  The first couple, Tissiak and Nangus, was traveling into the Valley from the East.  As usual, Tissiak was playful and impulsive and ran off from Nangus.  In his frustration, Nangus started beating Tissiak to make her stay by his side. The Great Spirit intervened and placed Tissiak into the mountains where she would always be safe.  Can you see her face on the side of Half Dome?  The papoose she was carrying became the Royal Arches opposite her, and her tears filled Mirror Lake.  Her bread basket toppled and became the dome above the Arches. Her scattered, broken loaves of bread took root as pine trees throughout the Valley. The Great Spirit broke Nangus’ staff and sent him off alone, but not before giving him a love and understanding of the landscape around him. The point of his staff became the Lost Arrow Spire near Yosemite Falls. Wherever the broken staff pieces fell, giant redwoods sprang up.  

It is an easy hike to Bridalveil Falls, another of the famous locations within Yosemite Valley. Depending on the season and the year’s rainfall, you could experience a trickle of water or downpour as the falls plunge 620 feet.  The Yosemite Indians (Ahwahneechee) called this place Pohono, the spirit of the puffing wind. If a breeze picks up, you are likely to get drenched as the spirit races by. 

Chief Seattle may have never visited Yosemite Valley, but his general words about rivers seem to be especially apt for the Merced River that runs through the heart of the Valley:  “The rivers are our brothers. They quench our thirst. They carry our canoes and feed our children. . . . and you must henceforth give the rivers the kindness you would give any other brother.”  A visit to Yosemite would not be complete without some sort of interaction with the Merced, whether that be picnicking along its shores or wading into the shallows to cool off in the summer.


Happy Isles is the name given in 1885 to a pair of small islands formed where the Merced River enters Yosemite Valley.  You can take a tram to the general area and then relax at Happy Isles for an hour or the whole afternoon. Once there, you will understand why W. E. Dennison, guardian of the Yosemite State Grant, named the place as he did. He states, “No one can visit them without for the while forgetting the grinding strife of his world and feeling happy.”  On one of my visits, I spent a good part of the afternoon watching an American Dipper playing in the water.  This bird is a wonder, the only North American aquatic song bird that catches water bugs by walking underwater on the river bottom.

One of my favorite visits to Yosemite was in the winter with my dad.  We only had time to stay for an afternoon, but Dad wanted to take some pictures.  It was a great day, even though it was very cold. We did not do much hiking, but we did enjoy the quiet and the solitude and shared some time with a couple coyotes that were out hunting in a snow-covered field.

Another of my favorite visits came one May, when I made a last minute decision to visit Yosemite before summer school started.  It seemed destined to be a remarkable trip. I called the Ahwanhee Hotel on a lark only to discover they did have a room available because of a last-minute cancellation.  This hotel is usually booked months and months and months in advance.  Upon my arrival, I was greeted by some friendly deer and found many water lilies blooming in the hotel’s outdoor fountain. But the next morning, the weather was overcast and dreary, unexpected for a spring day. The air was heavy with the expectation of rain. But the rains came quickly, and left just as fast.  With the returning sunshine, I was surprised by the splashes of color evident everywhere I looked. Dogwood was in bloom along many pathways, and I also spied Wild Iris, Western Wallflowers, and Snow Plants.  It was a glorious spring adventure! 


Isn’t Yosemite National Park grand?  I really wanted to visit Yosemite this month. With all the rains California received this year, I figured the wildflowers would be gorgeous.  Unfortunately, I have too many commitments right now that keep me from making such a trip. That’s part of the reason I am writing this blog about Yosemite—it lets me take a virtual trip!  If you have visited before at least once, you know what I mean about its wonders.  If you’ve never visited, add a “Trip to Yosemite” high on your Bucket List. 

When you go, keep yourself open to communing with the spirit of John Muir.  He loved Yosemite and protected it for most of his life. One year, a ranger pointed out a pale splotch on the rock face near Yosemite Falls. He explained that a recent rock slide in that area had left that mark, where the rocks had given way.  He claimed, if you looked closely, you would see the silhouette of John Muir’s face, watching the falls he so loved.  I was doubtful, but when I looked, I did think I could see his face, there, in the rock.  Can you see him?  


“As long as I live, I’ll hear water-falls and birds and winds sing.  I’ll interpret the rocks. Learn the language of the flood, storm, and the avalanche. I’ll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can.”  John Muir

“In God’s wilderness lies the hope of the world—the great fresh unblighted, unredeemed wilderness.” John Muir

Comments on: "The Grandeur of Yosemite" (109)

  1. Deborah the Closet Monster said:

    Pieces of these are dissimilar to the nature I saw on trips through central Oregon, but far greater are the similarities! These pictures evoked so many memories of happy times out in the woods together. Perhaps I’ll get to see the items captured by your pictures someday. I’d love to do so–there’s so much amazing stuff to see!

  2. That’s a great definition of the world: “So much amazing stuff to see!” And you are right that each place is different. I have traveled a little in OR–a sister lives in Ashland. And it does have a different flavor to its wonders. Enjoy Nature!

  3. I haven’t yet been to Yosemite, but it’s on my list. I attended John Muir Elementary School, and his influence has been a part of my entire life since then. Your photos and descriptions provide a wonderful window into the park, especially those with the autumn colors. Thanks for posting!

  4. I appreciate your feedback. With your photographic eye, you will have a grand time at Yosemite. For me it is a favorite destination as is the Grand Canyon and much of the Southwest. But the backyard is terrific as well, if you just look at what all is there.

  5. That definitely looks like a national park I want to visit with my camera in tow!

  6. It is! It is! But if you keep your eyes open, Nature anywhere is great. Have fun!
    Thanks for sharing your feedback.

  7. Enjoyed this post a lot! I love Yosemite, but haven’t been there for many years. Your blog inspires me to make plans to get back there again soon. Thanks for “taking me back” to this beautiful national park with your lovely descriptions and awesome photos!

  8. I am feeling called to get back there again as well. There–and Grand Canyon are my two favorite places. Thanks for commenting. And enjoy your next visit to YNP!

  9. Sherry D'Attile said:

    You all have inspired me! It is way too long since I’ve last visited this incredible and inspiring destination. What if we all planned a “Ladies Only” week-end trip? Patti, you would be the quintessential guide!

  10. What a fun trip! I’m up for it, but we’ll all help as guides–my gameplan is always just wander as things catch your eye.

  11. What a great idea to share an experience like this with your readers. It was nice to see the connection you have with the park. It has obviously made a huge impact on you. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Thanks for reading. It is nice to have new visitors and sharing my interests.

  13. This is a wonderful post and your photos are beautiful. I will have to make a trip to Yosemite a priority! Thanks for letting me know about this 🙂

  14. I know you will have a great visit. Thanks for visiting. I think we share some things in common–women, traveling to great places and sharing our photos. Have fun!

  15. Stunning photos. My wife hiked Half Dome in 2000 on a girls’ trip. I still need to see Yosemite. She loved it.

  16. Alrighty then…I’m inspired. Booking my trip for this fall…

    Thank you!


  17. I’m bookmarking your post, Patti. Yosemite is on my “to do” list in my quest to visit all of our national parks. I’ve always hoped to visit in the fall. Thanks for sharing your insight!

  18. The Dream Chaser said:

    Without any single doubt one of the most beautiful and incredible spots on earth.

  19. Nice post and beautiful pictures of Yosemite:)

  20. […] When I think of the overwhelming majesty of Yosemite National Park, I cannot help but agree with Carl Sharsmith, a longtime Yosemite ranger.  When a park visitor asked what Carl would he do if he only had one day in Yosemite. Carl replied, “I’d go sit by the Merced River and cry!”  And he was right:  There may never be enough time to see all the grandeur of the Yosemite, in all its wonder.  But however much time you have to spend, Yosemite Nation … Read More […]

  21. Yosemite is my favorite place in the world. I’d like to add it’s worth the drive (if you’re there for a stay) up to Hetch-Hetchy, walking across the dam, and hiking up a ways. Very wild, very spectacular, usually not many people. Incredible butterflies. Thanks for the lovely reminder!

  22. I had to keep converting your measures LOL. Thanks for the story and the gorgeous pics.

  23. I appreciate the words from John Muir at the end of the article.

    • Thanks for looking in on my post. I peeked in at your site as well–and the visuals and voting options are gorgeous. Too bad I only read English.

  24. Wow, the pictures are absolutely stunning! I am working my way around the city of Philadelphia taking pictures right now but I feel like my blog is definitely due for an Ascentive around Yosemite edition!

  25. I wish that I may too be able to visit this place at least once in my lifetime. I loved that quote of John Muir. I do so love poetry so will like to include him in my reading. Awesome beauty in the photos and the words.

  26. Lovely post and beautiful pictures! Yosemite is my go-to place when I’m feeling out of sorts or just need feel closer to God. I tell people that Yosemite is proof of God’s existence and it’s our little taste of Heaven on Earth. If I had only one day to spend in Yosemite, I, too, would sit by the Merced and cry – it’s just NOT enough time to explore!

  27. Looks stunningly beautiful. Hope I can visit some day 🙂

  28. You capture the spirit of the place here Patti – an informative post and some simply awesome views. Well done!!

  29. albeindc said:

    wow, this is such a great photo-entry. i think for my next vacation in the CONUS, yosemite is definitely on the list.

  30. Typically, I am not a morning person, so I was pretty groggy when I first got up today. But what a nice morning today is, awaking to comments about my Yosemite post. I am glad others are enjoying the window to this great place I was able to offer. I have some “work” to address today, but my goal is to explore the sites of my commenters–I love seeing others’ ideas and presentations! Thanks for taking the time to comment on my post.

  31. Magnificent place like your blog.
    Check me sometime at http://thor27.wordpress.com

  32. Great post, stunning photos. You’ve inspired me to try and make it there one day. Congrats on Freshly Pressed.

  33. Great post. I will be visiting Yosemite this fall. The last time I was there – probably 30 years ago. I, too, won’t be doing any heavy duty hiking, but I am looking forward to some nice walks and just having a lovely experience.

  34. Patti – congrats on making the homepage of Freshly Pressed on WordPress today! How cool is that?

  35. Yosemite is a pretty amazing place, being from California I used to travel there a lot.

  36. Wonderful post. It reminds me of the 2 times I visited Yosemite. The first as a boy of 10 we went through the Tunnel Tree on a foggy morning to find a herd of deer grazing on the dew-covered grasses to our amazement (and awe-struck silence the 5 of us had in the car). It was a vivid impression that stayed with me (and defined me) my whole life.The second trip was an introduction of this natural masterpiece to my kids and wife. You’re now going to make me pull down the old slide projector and relive that 2nd trip – and I will do it gladly. Thanks!

    BTW, the Grand Canyon is a favorite of mine as well, i.e. the north rim. I’m planning my 3rd trip there next summer. It’s a revist of Yellowstone for me this year!

    • Pulling out the slide projector reminds me of nights as a kid when dad would do the same. Fun! When some legal matters settle for me, my next trips will be back to North Rim and Yellowstone. . . and then to points further east as well.

  37. Beautiful pictures. I’ll definitely have to plan a trip there some day. 🙂

  38. Visually, this post was so well put together. I’m so glad I stumbled upon it, and I’m not surprised at all about this being freshly pressed. Congrats! I’ll be coming back!


    • Thanks. Being FPed is a nice surprise! I’m glad you appreciated the format–it took some time getting the photos placed as I wanted them.

  39. My BlogJect said:

    What a beautiful post you have created!

  40. Great post! I love the photos and the detailed descriptions!

  41. I definitely need to check this place out. Great pics!

  42. looks amazing! i need to make a trip there. i often neglect to schedule national parks into my vacations.

  43. travellingrome said:

    Hi Patti, I found your blog so nice and so big the surprise because just few days ago i planned my holiday in the next August exactly in the Yosemite park!I’m so excite to visit it. I fall in love with Dolomiti, in Italy, but I think Yosemite park and mountains are differently wonderful

    • I predict you will love Yosemite! I visited Itlay once years ago, but it was a rushed tour–we saw lots of terrific art but no natural wonders at all. I will add a return visit to my to-do list to take in the natural locations.

  44. Phenomenal photos! Thanks for sharing and congratulations on being Freshly Pressed! 🙂

  45. Yosemite is one of the most magical places I have ever visited- and thanks for posting such amazing pics! Love your blog!

  46. what a beautiful and moving tribute to one of my favorite places.

  47. A lovely post with lovely pictures. Congratulations on Freshly Pressed!

    • Thanks. Being a former writing teacher, I know the power of an audience, but being freshly pressed is actually giving me an audience. It has been terrific!

  48. This has long been one of my favorite places and one I have visited many times (I am a California native)! Wonderful work!

  49. Yosemite is truly captivating. I wish I should have visited the place before I left California. Thank for making us feel that we went their ourselves. Congrats on such a exciting post!

  50. Drove through Yosemite one afternoon in the summer of 1990! Had to get to Ceres where my Aunt lives. Your article and pictures bring back those memories and a time too short spent there. I hope to get back there some day.
    Congrats on being FP!

    • Anytime spent at Yosemite is great and at the same time too short! I hope to get back there next spring. Thanks for the congrats on being FPed–it is still feeling a bit unusual to have so much attention, but love the comments that are steadily coming in.

  51. Thank you, Patti. Your pictures and your words are wonderful. I had the good fortunate of working for a summer in Yosemite when I was in college. I used to do much as Muir did: I would wade out into the middle of the Merced, lie down, and let the water flow over me. I hiked hundreds of miles of trails while I lived in the park, and standing on some peaks, like Half Dome, brought me to tears. Perching myself on a rock at Happy Isles brought me to tears. Wandering around those insanely green meadows sometimes brought me to tears. Lying alongside those same meadows late at night, gazing up at the stars, or at climbers signaling with lights from sheer cliff faces–these experiences brought me to tears, too.

    It rained only once while I was working in the park, and the storm brought with it those streaming clouds that pour into Yosemite Valley and turn it into something otherworldly. Come evening the clouds arranged themselves so that as the sun set to the west it illuminated them from beneath and the above the valley looked to be on fire. Yosemite is the kind of place that in a mere three months serves up these transcendent experiences en masse. I’ve returned twice, but the last time I went was seven years ago.

    Last I’ll say: The Grand Canyon lifts me up in the same way Yosemite does. These two parks are the prototypes for beauty that I carry in my head. I want to link to a short post I wrote about thoughts of working at the Grand Canyon: Seeking Simplicity on the Rim of the Grand Canyon

    If you have time, I would welcome the visit! Thank you again for a great post and for sparking some good memories for me.

    • good fortune*, not good fortunate! Sorry… these typos drive me nuts.

      • I know what you mean, but do not worry. I am a former English teacher and I did not stumble over that particular typo–I was too caught up in your vivid descriptions!

    • Thanks for sharing feedback. I am envious–a full summer at Yosemite must have been glorious. Thanks for sharing such terrific details.

      I agree that the Grand Canyon is another great wonder–I commented on it in one of my posts but have not yet devoted a whole post to that desitination. I will certainly check your post out later this evening–even the title is intriquing.

  52. That was a great post. I particularly enjoyed your choice of photographs, which captured the park’s stunning variety, from wildflowers to the awesome waterfalls and giant rock formations. I visited Yosemite twice as a child and I’ll be returning this August for a six-day backpacking trip. It was nice to read this reminder of what’s waiting for me out there in California. My level of anticipation, which was already quite high, has now gone even higher.

    • Thanks for commenting! Your back-packing trip sounds great, especially since it is not something my bad knees would let me do. Have fun!

  53. Gorgeous destination! Thank you for capturing it and providing so much information. I would love to go back to see Half Dome and the great sequoias. I am amazed that folks climb Half Dome! I agree that Yosemite and the Grand Canyon are the two great wonders of our US.

  54. Great blog and great story telling – I have loved Amercia and Canada’s Nat’l parks. 4 trips to the States from Oz so far and have been to around 15 states most of them a few times and love all the parks we have visited. It is an orsum place to visit.

  55. I’ve been to Yosemite twice and each time came back feeling so uplifted. It’s really a beautiful place. I would love to be able to visit one more time.

  56. This post reminded me of the recent National Geographic article on free-soloing in Yosemite. Now THAT is some crazy sh**.

  57. Planning to visit this July…Was a lil’ skeptical about it but Your blog makes it a must visit in my bucket list 🙂 thank you 🙂

  58. David Chung said:

    I can read stories about Yosemite all day. Your “virtual trip” took me back as well. The first time I experienced a true “religious” experience was in Yosemite. I was about 14 years old and was on a week long school trip to Yosemite. I had been to Yosemite many times before but had never stayed the night. When it was finally time to leave, I realized that Yosemite had somehow changed my soul. It took me back to a state of being that was pure and joyous. I didn’t want to leave and was desperately looking for ways to stay. Sadly I left, but have returned many times since. I have been to many parks and other beautiful parts of the world, but there is only one Yosemite. It has a beauty all its own and has an effect like no other.

    • Thanks for sharing. I agree, there is something about “firsts” that are especially memorable–how wondrous that Yosemite fits into that category for you.

  59. I live in Dubai and while it is really beautiful, sometimes my soul, heart and eyes ache for lush greenery. Thank you for this post – it was a cooling balm to the desert’s summer heat.

    • Glad to help. I understand what you are saying–sometimes there is just the need for something different, or at least out of reach. I would love sometime to visit Dubai!

  60. This is such a treat for the eyes and soul. Your post is amazing, love the photos and the mountains and everything there look absolutely amazing!


  62. these are amazing pictures – and i love how you also wrote about the history too 🙂

    I was lucky enough to visit Yosemite several years ago when I was 12 or 13 and then more recently back in 2007 as part of a trip my boyfriend and I took out west to celebrate our college graduations.

    We climbed the over 4,000 feet and the granite slope to the top of Half Dome which was so physically challenging, but SUCH a great experience! I will never forget the feeling I had when we finished the climb and were hit with the fabulous views!!

    Thanks for the great post 🙂

  63. Wow, really cool, thanks for sharing all this! I haven’t ever been to Yosemite, though I lived in California for years and years. I got to know the place a little by way of John Muir and now I’m dying to go there… but I haven’t really visited any of the big national parks. Clearly I’m not doing well in my goals for life adventure. ;D

    • It is never too late to add adventure to your life list–good luck. I know how difficult it is to actually live the items on the bucket list. Thanks for sharing.

  64. Thank you for sharing content to read.

  65. There is a picture somewhere of my mom and dad, young, dark haired, vibrant in every way a picture can communicate, in the background is Half Dome and on my dad’s back is a 1 year old me, bouncing along a trail much like I would for the next 18 years with my parents on camping trips.

    A gorgeous place, and a national treasure in every sense of the word. Thanks for the post.

    • WOW–you were/are such a lucky kid (in the sense that we are all young at heart). I only stumbled onto Yosemite as an adult, but it does not matter when you first go, just go! Thanks for sharing–and give my best to your parents.

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