in a perfect world of yancies: CA 14 Pt 2: Yosemite!

26 July 2014

CA 14 Pt 2:

Franklin & Emily at Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park
Glad we finally got to see Yosemite National Park! And on it's 150th birthday no less!

Had a nice stay at the Wawona Hotel (good find, Emily!).

Bit of a drive over from Oakland, though at least we had a nice break in Modesto with Dave and Diana. By the time we were about an hour from the hotel, though, Franklin started saying things like "That's a hike." And then "There's a spot! We can park there!" So, yeah, he was definitely ready to get out of the car...

Was he actually ready to hike? Well, yes and no:

We all cheered up considerably the next morning, though, when we came out of the tunnel and saw this:
Family at Yosemite
At the aptly named Tunnel View. (Also pictured up top.) Beautiful.

Then it was on to Yosemite Valley:
Lower Yosemite Falls
Did the pleasant little Lower Yosemite Fall Trail. Not bad to look at either.

Lower Yosemite Falls 2

It's a big, busy valley, but luckily it has its own bus system, so we hopped on a shuttle and started up the Vernal Fall Trail:
Hats Off!

Not much more than a mile, but here's our GPS record if you're curious:

Of course since it was steep and there was a scary drop-off on one side, Franklin wanted to hike this one. We let him do about twenty yards—the twenty yards where there's a wall on the side:
Hiking to Vernal Fall 3
And then we promptly stowed him in our fancy new, lightweight, easy-to-fold (yeah I like it, so what?) BobaAir carrier.


Vernal Fall 3

For better or worse, that didn't stop him from taking over the photography for a few minutes:
Franklin Taking Pictures

Franklin Photography 3
A budding talent? Such evocative images...

Next morning, we hopped back on a shuttle bus to go and see the big trees:
Yosemite Valley Shuttle

Hiking Mariposa Grove
The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. When Emily and I did our trip to the redwoods a few summers ago, we saw the tall Coastal Redwoods. Cool to also see a few of these giants now too.

Did a bit more hiking this time:


Water break:
Water Break

And Franklin took a few more photos:
Mom's Foot

And then I took one:
Grizzly Selfie

And then it was his turn again:
Franklin's Turn Next

Luckily Emily had her phone back in time to see this deer walk by:
Deer 2

Love these big trees:
Big Tree

Big Tree, Small Pinecone

What really blows my mind is this bit from the Wikipedia description: "The seed cones are 4–7 centimetres (1.6–2.8 in) long... each cone has 30–50 spirally arranged scales, with several seeds on each scale, giving an average of 230 seeds per cone."

In other words, there are over 200 potential giant sequoias in Franklin's hand in that picture! Wild!

Oh, you can't see his hand? Try the full size version, or take a look at this close-up:
Big Tree, Small Pinecone Closeup

Well, that was our last full day. Did one more quick hike on the Bridal Veil Fall Trail, took one more look at Tunnel View, and ended the day with some delicious pizza on the way back to Oakland.

I think nearly all of them made the blog, but here's the link to all our photos just in case you want more:

Cheers to a great vacation!
Yosemite National Park


  1. Magnificent! Gma C

  2. looks like a fantastic time.