|Bridalveil Fall / taken with my vintage camera from Inspiration Point|
This time around, we stayed in a cabin with a close family friend who knows his way around the park. The Yosemite Valley floor is quite crazy during the summertime (crowds rivaling those at Disneyland), so he led us to more remote spots. On our first hike, which was a rock scramble up a mountainside, we only saw a total of five people on the trail!
Climbing over loose rocks on a steep grade is quite precarious and nerve-wracking, especially for those not fond of heights (ahem, me). But, I was determined to see the amazing viewpoint at the top where four of the five major waterfalls in the park can be spotted. And, apparently, it was at this overlook that a 14 year-old Ansel Adams took his first photos of Yosemite.
|engraved tree at Bridalveil Fall|
|greeted by friendly deer|
My favorite time was dusk, when the massive rock walls lit up in beautiful hues of pink, orange, and purple. In the photo below, you can see the iconic landmark, Half Dome, in the distance.