Last year there was a wild fire around Yosemite. Driving in was rather disheartening, as the forest was charred.
It was interesting to see how in some areas trees that were killed by the fire stood next to trees that appear untouched. Perhaps the dead ones were killed by heat rather than actual fire?
At this point I was beginning to worry that all of Yosemite would be a wasteland.
Thankfully, the devastation ended before we arrived inside the park. Along the side of the road there was something that looked like snow. I believe it was actually remnants of the chemical retardant the Forest Service uses to help put out wild fires.
Finally we were arriving at the park. It was an absolutely perfect day, weather wise. Look at that blue sky!
Our first peak at the grandeur of Yosemite was Bridal Veil Falls cascading down from the sheer granite...mountain? cliff? I don't know what you should properly call these massive granite rocks.
Yosemite is a huge national park. 761,268 acres to be exact. (3,081 sq. km for my European readers.) Considering that we spent just 3 nights there (not to mention that I am extremely out-of-shape and getting old!) we did not see much. We SHOULD have hiked in closer to Bridal Veil Falls. At this point I thought we would get back to it. However, once we got to our campsite and started planning our days we realized we weren't going to get more than a cursory overview of this enormous park.
That's all I have time for today...