After coming to the USA I heard many times about Yosemite. Most of my friends in the USA already visited Yosemite much before I set foot there. I heard the beauty of the place from them but I didn’t get opportunity to be there. One night in November in 2009 my husband and I was planning for our vacations in 2010. We started planning for Yosemite. But due to higher price of hotel we were delaying our plan.
Suddenly in the afternoon on 29th April,2010 my husband told me about the plan to visit Yosemite National Park next day when he came home to have lunch. I became stunned. I didn’t know how to manage everything without any prior plan for such a long trip. But he asked me to make that possible. Our plan was that to start very early in the morning. I prepared food for next 3-4 days. It was 11:00 in the night when I finished packing. We went to bed at 12:00 midnight. We couldn’t sleep properly. We woke up very early in the morning and I prepared breakfast. My son also woke up and he took his breakfast. He was really a good baby and fully cooperated with me.
When we started at 5:45 in the morning next day from home it was dark outside. We faced little traffic in freeway 210 but later we drove smoothly. On our way when we reached Taejon pass which was a high mountain road and was densely cloudy, thankfully we didn’t face any difficulty in that road. We decided to take break at Bakersfield but we changed our plan and took a break at Tulare much before of Bakersfield as my son suddenly became very restless. I thought that we could reach around 12:00 but my husband told me that before 1:30 pm there was no chance to reach our destination. The road became narrow and there was no sign in the road when we reached freeway 49. We couldn’t understand that whether we had been going on the right direction. There was no option to take ‘U’ turn in case we were on the wrong route so I became a little nervous. The road stared becoming narrower. Due to the speed limit my husband had to drive in the speed of 20miles/hr. Then we reached freeway 140. That was a very scenic road with Merced River on one side and the mountain on the other side. I never saw a mountain river before.
The beauty, the force, the roaring sound of the river was beyond any description. People were rafting in Merced River. My husband suggested rafting but I didn’t accept his proposal as we could not go rafting together because of our baby. We crossed a very narrow bridge during our journey on highway 140. First we couldn’t understand why there was a bridge like that. Then we found that part of the 140 highway became blocked due to rockslide in past. After sometimes we reached our hotel ‘Cedar Lodge’. After taking lunch we set out for the park. Before entering the park we stopped at a turn out to see the roaring Merced River. From El Portal road we took south drive. After crossing the Pohono Bridge we went to the famous Bridal Veil Falls. As it was Friday there was no crowd and we could see the fall nicely. However we couldn’t enjoy the beauty together as my son was sleeping in the car. That was the first waterfall I have ever seen and I was completely overwhelmed. As my baby was sleeping we decided to take a drive through the park. We passed the El Captian, the single largest granite in the world. We also stopped at Ribbon Falls and Horsetail Falls whose beauty was beyond description. We passed Cathedral beach and Sentinel Beach picnic area and reached Swinging Bridge over Merced River which was an excellent spot to view the Yosemite Falls. The bridge was close to Yosemite Village and near the trail head for the Four Mile Trail up to Glacier Point. From there we reached a small meadow. When we went to Yosemite in the early spring, the valley was strikingly green and vibrant. Before Yosemite I went to few National Parks but I found that Yosemite is totally different from the others. It had something which was attracting me. We passed Yosemite Lodge, Housekeeping camp and curry village. After vising Upper and Lower Pines camp ground we decided to visit The Visitor Center. According to the map we reached Yosemite Village but after reaching there my husband made some mistakes and we reached the park exit. There was no option to take ‘U’ turn. The Yosemite Police force was very strict. We couldn’t take any decision what to do. For few moments we waited on the side of the road then very cautiously my husband took a sharp ‘U’ turn and we reached Yosemite Village again. But we couldn’t find the Visitor Center. We stopped near a building and found that was actually the court house. Then another building we stopped and we found that nothing but the police station. We hurried back from there. Then we decided to park our car in Yosemite village and I set out on foot to find out the visitor center. At last I found that out. We climbed few steps and after a small trail we reached the Visitor center. There I found some exciting fact about the Yosemite rocks. Yosemite granites were born of intense heat miles below the earth surface when formerly molten rock material solidifies and is subsequently exposed by erosion.
Bridal Vail Falls
That time it was already late and the visitor center were going to be closed, we decided to come back to hotel. We stopped at a turnout to see the Merced River again. The sound of water in the sweet light of onset of dark made a mystical environment. I was overwhelmed by the beauty of that. On our way to hotel we stopped at Horsetail falls also. During the journey I saw many trail head but we didn’t have time to take any of the trails.
My husband was very much interested to do rafting. However I didn’t want to at all. Still he went to enquire about that. When we reached the office that was already closed. One person was in the office but we were unable get much information from him. We came back to hotel, totally exhausted. After freshen up ourselves we started planning for the next day. Suddenly my husband enquired about next day’s breakfast plan. But I totally forgot to arrange anything for next 3 day’s breakfast. Anyway my husband chalked out some plan for breakfast.
Lower Yosemite Falls