Yosemite National Park Day Trip

Half Dome from far (middle) and Sentinel Dome on the right.

Yosemite National Park, one of the national park in U.S., and was pretty much the central to the development of national park idea in the States. I joined another 2 of my colleagues for day trip to there by driving all the way from Folsom, which is about 170 miles away. It was worth it even with such a long drive (~4hrs, with stops), with all those spectacular views of valley, granite cliffs, and waterfalls..etc.

We departed in the morning, at 7a.m., from Folsom. We went though Angles Camp, Sonora…etc

We stopped by the Vista Point at Don Pedro Reservoir on the Golden Chain Highway for some photos.

Don Pedro Reservoir

Of couse, Bo was there as well 🙂

Bo on the fence along the ridge at Don Pedro Reservoir

And we drove through the CA-120 winding road after the reservoir towards Big Oak Flat Rd. The view is spectacular when you’re driving on the altitude of 3000ft. to 4000ft.

Driving at the altitude of 4000ft.

We went through the tunnel on El Portal Rd., and stopped by one of the vista point 100ft from the tunnel exit. A wonderful view from the ridge 🙂

View from El Portal Rd. tunnel exit

Upon leaving the vista point, we drove down the road towards the Yosemite Valley, and spotted this amazing place right beside the Merced River.

View from Merced River

After staying for about 15min, we moved further into the valley and stopped by at Sentinel Picnic Site.

LongBo at the scenic Sentinel Picnic Site

View from Sentinel Picnic Site

By this time, it’s past noon, and we’re heading to the Yosemite Village for lunch and wanna try out the Yosemite Falls. After lunch, we went to couple of places, visited the Yosemite Museum, Yosemite Cemetery and walking around Yosemite Village towards the trailhead of Lower Yosemite Falls.

Wooden Fences within Yosemite Cemetery

Lower Yosemite Falls

After a short while, we proceeded to the Upper Yosemite Falls, and along the way, there are nice views.

Upper Yosemite Falls

Tree growth on the trail towards Upper Yosemite Falls Trailhead

After a short hike towards Upper Yosemite Falls, we decided to head back due to the time is getting late and we planned to reach Folsom around 9.

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