Travel

America – West Coast, Yosemite National Park

Dec 11, 2016

After a few days in San Francisco it was time to move on and experience a different part of California. We moved away from the crowded city life to the remote mountains of Yosemite National Park.

San Fransisco – Yosemite National Park

When we first arrived in San Fransisco we didn’t have any rental car and just relied on public transport and also a very convenient tour bus to make our way around. We made our way out early on the Bart back to the Airport to skip out on the heavy city traffic. From there we picked up our rental car, packed all our bags and set out on our first drive on our West Coast adventure.

We arrived where we were staying 3 hours later, the Yosemite View Lodge only a few minutes from the entrance to the park. We wanted to make the most of the day and see some of what Yosemite National Park had to offer before the day was over. I opened to the door to our room only to find someone standing in the middle of the room. Thinking it was only a cleaner at first but after noticing bags everywhere I soon realised that this room had people staying in it. Slowly closing the door before they recognised me. Checking the room number I hadn’t made a mistake and if so, I wouldn’t have thought our key would open other guests rooms. Eventually getting a new room we moved our stuff in and ventured into the park for the first time.

Entering for the first time

Amazed by what we saw only seconds through the entrance we stoped and got out to take a look and take in our surroundings. The scale of everything around you was something like no where else I had been. I really felt so small sanding in these large valleys surrounding me.

Yosemite Entrance River
Yosemite National Park Entrance
Valley in Yosemite
Valley in Yosemite

You can read about it as much as you want and see all the pictures but nothing is really like standing there and then and looking at it with your own eyes.

 

Having only driven in the gate I was already hooked and amazed by what this place had to offer. Not knowing where to go with so many places we made the decision to drive up towards Glacier Point. We stopped in a place called Tunnel View that offered views for Half Dome, Yosemite Valley, El Capitan, and Bridalveil Falls. I could keep going to for days on writing just how amazing the experience of standing there and looking through your own eyes is. Having looked at many pictures before I arrived I had high hopes and being there they exceeded by far what I could have ever dreamed. Everywhere you looked was something different and just appealing to the eye. Even the winding car ride up to the top was something else. At the top we had an amazing view of the Half Dome being so far away it still looked massive and at first looked really confusing to the eye standing on Glacier Point.

Glacier Point view of Half Dome
Glacier Point view of Half Dome
Landscape from Glacier Point
Landscape from Glacier Point
Ryan Shirley USA Trip Yosemite
El Capitan from tunnel view

It’s like being in a postcard

There were moments where you feel like you are standing in the place of where postcard photo was taken. Having in interest in photography I wanted to do something a little different than just capture a photo from the normal perspective. I wanted to get something different that your typical family photos. I had my DSLR with me but being on a family trip I was limited to going off wandering and trying to get the photo I wanted. I tend to go off wander mostly coming back with some stupid photos and wonder what I am doing but there can be times where I can get one photo that just works and makes it worth it. The challenge to push myself further to create something different and better is something that I love about photography. Being there only a few days I don’t feel I really experienced the full potential of what Yosemite National park has to offer. There were many places that I didn’t get to visit due to only being there a couple days. If I could I would have stayed there for a lot longer and would still be amazed and have new things to see. The vast amount of hikes that are available was something that really appealed to me for getting new perspective on what we had already seen. Camping was also popular and would have been amazing to sit under the stars during the night. I attempted to a bit of night photography as something different to what I normally do. Below is a couple photos that I took during sunset at El Capitan and the milky way from the Yosemite View lodge where we were staying.
El Capitan sunset
El Capitan sunset
Milky way Night Sky from Yosemite View Lodge
Milky way Night Sky from Yosemite View Lodge

Looking back on the trip Yosemite National Park was by far one of the highlights of the trip and would be somewhere I would go back again if I had the chance

 

My time spent in Yosemite was not just a highlight of this trip but a highlight of my life and will be always somewhere that I will look back on as one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. So far away from cities there is not a lot of noise created by large busses, cars or crowdes of people. There are many points across Yosemite that can be very crowded however there are many places where you can step away from that and zone out and just be in nature and absorb it’s beauty.

This is a selection of photos from the 2 days I spent in Yosemite. Mostly taken on Canon 600D with Sigma 10-20mm.

Glacier Point view of Half Dome
Yosemite waterfall up close
Yosemite waterfall up close
Yosemite waterfall
Yosemite waterfall
Yosemite Bridalveil Falls
Yosemite Bridalveil Falls
Yosemite Falls view from Tunnel View
Yosemite Falls view from Tunnel View
Trail along Glacier Point
Trail along Glacier Point
Milkyway Night Sky from Yosemite View Lodge
Milkyway Night Sky from Yosemite View Lodge
Tree line silhouette at Tunnel View
Tree line silhouette at Tunnel View
Tree line silhouette at Tunnel View

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