Yosemite National Park

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall”
~E.Scott Fitzgerald

I hate to wish away my summer, but giiiiiiimme that fall time lovin! Fall is my most favorite time of the year!  Nothing is better than being cozy by the fireplace when the mountain air turns crisp and cool. Sipping on hot chocolate or apple cider while the brisk breeze flows into your windows. Cuddling up under a fuzzy blanket to a football game or your favorite movie. You cook up your best chili recipe while a nutmeg candle casts its sweet autumn aroma through the house. The trees outside are bursting with color as leaves crunch under your feet. Not to mention….PUMPKIN EVERYTHING!! I don’t care who you are, that stuff is delicious. Halloween, hayrides, corn mazes, bonfires….need I say more!? What about boots, hoodies, and scarves!? No matter what you love about fall time the most, the important thing is what it represents. Autumn brings in a fresh start and inspires us to embrace change. This magnificant transformation in nature illustrates the beauty of letting go. And it makes us appreciate the little things in life just a little bit more…

Which brings me to this…

Fall time at Yosemite National Park. I know, mind blown!

Yosemite is truly beautiful aaaaand we get to enjoy it during our favorite season!!?? NAILED IT! What an experience! Yosemite National park is located in California and covers over 760,000 acres of land. The park is known for its raging waterfalls, deep valleys, giant sequoias, vast meadows, and sheer cliffs. Its endless wilderness will bring you serenity with its majestic peaks and unusual rock formations. When we arrived at the park, we were surrounded by bright red, orange, and yellow leaves all along the road. Huge mossy sequoias lined the path all the way to camp. But we were a little confused, none of the waterfalls were flowing. With over 800 miles of hiking trails to explore, we decided to make our way through the forest for a sunset hike. It was a short trail to Mirror Lake located on Tenaya Creek. The creek is directly situated between the ever infamous Half Dome and North Dome. The views were out of this world! But once again, we were baffled to find that there was no water in the lake at our final destination. Still content with our amazing views, we made our way back to our tent and settled in for the next day of adventuring. The following day we drove through the park, exploring as much as we could. Three Brothers was one of our favorites spot. The peaks reflect into the Merced River for epic photographs and incredible fall foliage views. This park is out of this world!

And then the rain came. It rained and rained and rained and rained. All day and all night. We spent the day at Yosemite Valley Lodge in its cozy, ski-lodge type atmosphere. We celebrated with family and friends, after all…we were here for a wedding with a little extra bonus of exploring this amazing national park. And then something magical happened!! Our full day of rain motivated our waterfalls to start flowing again! We woke up to a completely new park, waterfalls raging out of the sides of the mountains everywhere we looked!! It was remarkable! The ranger informed us that it was one of their driest seasons and we just got lucky! It was so awesome to see the park in a whole new light!

We spent our last day hiking to the top of Yosemite Falls. This trail leads to the top of North America’s tallest waterfall, which is 2,500 feet above the Yosemite Valley floor.  The trail begins near the El Capitan shuttle stop, an area flooded with overnight campers that are brave enough to tackle this challenging rock climb. El Capitan is 3,000 vertical feet of sheer rock granite. Its considered one of Yosemite’s most famous rock formations. A little too extreme for me so back to Yosemite Falls! The falls hike is a 7 mile, strenuous trek with views of Half Dome, Yosemite Valley, the Merced River, and the Sierra mountain peaks.  The trail switchbacks through an oak woodland forest and climbs up steep rocky grades. Moss covered rocks line the trail as you make your way to the top. Fall colors explode all around you. The trail opens up for valley views, a great spot to take a break and snap a few photos. Don’t give up now, the climb to the top is well worth it! When you finally arrive at the falls, you will be speechless. Rainbows reflect off its flowing waters and trickle down the sides of the rocks. No words can describe how magical this was. Now its just time to take it all in and appreciate this breathtaking sight.

This park gives you so many opportunities for photo worthy shots, making it one of my favorite national parks I’ve ever visited. The sights we saw, the hikes we conquered, and the memories we made will stay with us forever. Happy Trails!

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