Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome

View from Glacier Point with Half Dome, along with Nevada and Vernal Falls.

View from Glacier Point with Half Dome, along with Nevada and Vernal Falls.

Today was superb! We drove to Glacier Point in Yosemite and enjoyed an incredible view of Half Dome with Nevada and Vernal waterfalls. Everyone seemed to stop and stare at the beauty.

Charlene and others enjoy the view from Glacier Point.

Charlene and others enjoy the view from Glacier Point.

Upper and Lower Yosemite falls from Glacier Point

Upper and Lower Yosemite falls from Glacier Point

Half Dome.

Half Dome.

Next, we drove to the trail head of the hike up to the top of Sentinel Dome. The final hike up the dome was steep and it was very windy and cold. However, it was wonderful to be able to see almost 360 degrees all around Yosemite.

Panorama composite photo from the top of Sentinel Dome.

Panorama composite photo from the top of Sentinel Dome.

The photo is a panoramic merge of 5 photos from the top of Sentinel Dome. It covers about 225 degrees in a panorama. El Capitan is toward the left, Upper and Lower Yosemite falls are in the middle, and Half Dome is toward the right. The white rocks were initially behind the camera.

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Mirror Lake and Half Dome

Mirror Lake lives up to its name.

Mirror Lake lives up to its name.

Yosemite National Park is inspiring. We started the day by going on an easy hike to Mirror Lake. There was not a lot of water with the drought, but it was pleasant to see. We saw people riding horses on the other side of the lake. Quite a few middle-schoolers decided to give swimming a try; however, the water was way too cold for us.

We could see people riding horses across the lake.

We could see people riding horses across the lake.

In the afternoon Ed took a photography class taught by a photographer at the Ansel Adams Gallery. It was fun to see several of the places where Ansel took his very famous photos. He really made Yosemite famous with his gorgeous black and white photos around Yosemite. Our guide thought he was singularly responsible for making Yosemite National Park have so many visitors each year. Ansel’s photos were certainly the reason we knew about Yosemite years ago.

A beautiful view of Half Dome.

A beautiful view of Half Dome.

While Ed was taking his class, Charlene spent time enjoying the quiet and beauty around Mirror Lake. Soaking up the beauty and being inspired by such a gorgeous, soothing environment. She also talked with a fellow RV’er who happened to sit near her outside the Visitor Center. Charlene and this woman had actually met at the South Forty RV Park in Tucson back on Labor Day. They watched one of the Yosemite movies and talked RV’ing. Both of them had a fun afternoon.

Half Dome across the meadow.

Half Dome across the meadow.

Yosemite National Park!

Charlene and Ed at Tunnel View with El Capitan, Half Dome, and Bridalveil Fall behind them.

Charlene and Ed at Tunnel View with El Capitan, Half Dome, and Bridalveil Fall behind them.

We finally made it to Yosemite National Park! For Ed, this has been the number one national park that we have not been to that was at the top of his bucket list. We have tried a couple of times in the past, but something came up preventing our visit (like a snow storm or change in vacation days). However, all that ended today. We celebrated our drive through Yosemite!

The quintessential photo (as reported by Michelle) is taken at Tunnel View looking down Yosemite Valley where El Capitan, Half Dome and Bridalveil Fall can be seen. This seems to be the ultimate “selfie” photo to always be treasured.

Bridalveil Fall was spectacular!

Bridalveil Fall was spectacular!

Yosemite is simply beautiful. The huge granite cliffs, the powerful waterfalls, the beauty of the trees. All combined together, Yosemite is wonderful to enjoy!

Charlene stands before Yosemite Falls.

Charlene stands before Yosemite Falls.

We loved all the waterfalls. John recommended Yosemite Fall. We were standing outside the Visitor Center and realized we could see Upper Yosemite Fall. We drove a short distance and hiked the very short trail and saw both the Upper and Lower Falls. We could feel the spray from the Lower Fall as we took pictures.

Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls.

Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls.

Charlene in front of Lower Yosemite Fall.

Charlene in front of Lower Yosemite Fall.

John also recommended El Capitan and we were awe struck with its majesty. You just have to look up and stare at its huge magnificence. It is so mighty and impressive!

El Capitan

El Capitan

As Ed placed his tripod to take photos, we realized that thousands of others have placed their tripods in the same spot. However, it was special to share in the wonder of such a magical place. Yosemite is certainly a special treasure.

The afternoon sun made these rocks look like nuggets of gold.

The afternoon sun made these rocks look like nuggets of gold.

Upper Yosemite Fall

Upper Yosemite Fall

This is a merged panorama photo of 5 different photos across Yosemite Valley

This is a merged panorama photo of 5 different photos across Yosemite Valley