In October of 2012, Farmer John, me, & our 3 kids went on a 15 day road trip. We went as far as the Grand Canyon before turning back towards home. Yosemite was the last National Park we visited before getting back to Oregon.
It was beautiful, of course. The many different habitats surprised me the most. I wasn’t expecting the landscape to be as diverse as it was or to be as different as it was from our forested areas in the Pacific NW. It seemed to be a much drier climate than the rainy place we call home.
WE MADE IT!
We had been on the road for 6 hours by the time we made it to this sign & we still had lots of driving ahead of us. We were coming from Death Valley, so we took Highway 395 and entered the park through Tioga Pass.
Right away the views were breathtaking. I loved it all – the meadow, the huge rocks & the trees.
LOTS OF DRIVING
YOSEMITE VALLEY VISITOR CENTER
Our goal was to make it to the Visitor Center so the kids could earn their Junior Ranger Badges. We made it & they completed all the tasks with barely 5 minutes to spare. Then it was back on the road.
GINORMOUS GRANITE ROCK
LAST STOP BEFORE MOVING ON
We took a quick tour of Yosemite, spending only 5-6 hours there. That was not near long enough, but I’m glad we saw it & hopefully we will make it back one day.