Yosemite National Park

Today we spend an entire day exploring the Yosemite National Park, which is going to be one of the highlights of our stay in California. This park, situated in the Sierra Nevada, was established in 1890 and is one of the most famous parks in the world. We enter the park via the Tioga Pass, which is the East entrance to the park.

The road from Mammoth to the Yosemite National Park.

The road from Mammoth to the Yosemite National Park.

On our way to the park we met this fisherman who had already caught some trout and other fish.

On our way to the park we met this fisherman who had already caught some trout and other fish.

Yes, we came here to watch rocks.

Yes, we came here to watch rocks.

Another signboard. Is it a warning or an invitation? The park has hiking trails but it also has special trails for horse riding.

Another signboard. Is it a warning or an invitation? The park has hiking trails but it also has special trails for horse riding.


The surface of these rocks was polished by glaciers many thousands of years ago.

The surface of these rocks was polished by glaciers many thousands of years ago.

The road passes through a fascinating landscape of rocks and trees.

The road passes through a fascinating landscape of rocks and trees.

Some clever landscape architects did a good job here.

Some clever landscape architects did a good job here.

Fires destroyed a part of this forest.

Fires destroyed a part of this forest.

What remains are black tree trunks, but new vegetation is already starting to grow. There are still some new fires nearby because the sky around us is clouded with smoke.

What remains are black tree trunks, but new vegetation is already starting to grow. There are still some new fires nearby because the sky around us is clouded with smoke.


Smooth rock surfaces that were polished by glaciers ages ago. Also the small boulders that are scattered on the rock surface were deposited there by glaciers.

Smooth rock surfaces that were polished by glaciers ages ago. Also the small boulders that are scattered on the rock surface were deposited there by glaciers.

Far in the distance we see Half Dome, a famous granite rock that rises 1400 meter above the floor of the valley.

Far in the distance we see Half Dome, a famous granite rock that rises 1400 meter above the floor of the valley.

Huge granite rock walls form the main attraction for tourists and for climbers. A cliff of 900 meters high and 1600 meters wide is believed to be the biggest monolith in the world.

Huge granite rock walls form the main attraction for tourists and for climbers. A cliff of 900 meters high and 1600 meters wide is believed to be the biggest monolith in the world.

A bear in the forest.

A bear in the forest.

No signboard prepared us for this lucky encounter with a bear.

No signboard prepared us for this lucky encounter with a bear.

Trees, rocks and sunlight.

Trees, rocks and sunlight.

Just sit down and relax.

Just sit down and relax.

Cliffs like this attract hundreds of climbers from all over the world to test their skills.

Cliffs like this attract hundreds of climbers from all over the world to test their skills.

But where are the climbers?

But where are the climbers?

Is there anybody out there?

Is there anybody out there?


Yes, with a lot of zoom we discover a small figure like a fly on a wall.

Yes, with a lot of zoom we discover a small figure like a fly on a wall.

It takes several days to climb a wall like this. Climbers spend the night hanging on a rope. Will they sleep? And if they do, what will they dream?

It takes several days to climb a wall like this. Climbers spend the night hanging on a rope. Will they sleep? And if they do, what will they dream?

It's impossible to see the climbers with the naked eye.

It’s impossible to see the climbers with the naked eye.

Enlarged through a binoculars we see a climber who has found a place to stand. With a rope he/she is hauling up equipment from a fellow climber below.

Enlarged through a binoculars we see a climber who has found a place to stand. With a rope he/she is hauling up equipment from a fellow climber below.

From the valley floor it is possible to spot the climbers through a strong telescope.

From the valley floor it is possible to spot the climbers through a strong telescope.

Yosemite is a fantastic experience.

Yosemite is a fantastic experience.

Words nor pictures can describe or show this wild beauty.

Words nor pictures can describe or show this wild beauty.

Landscapes of hills and mountains.

Landscapes of hills and mountains.

Trees growing on bare rocks.

Trees growing on bare rocks.

A glacier shaped landscape.

A glacier shaped landscape.

We are amazed that trees can grow on these solid rocks.

We are amazed that trees can grow on these solid rocks.

The sun is going down as we say goodbye to Yosemite, hoping that one day we will be back.

The sun is going down as we say goodbye to Yosemite, hoping that one day we will be back.

Tomorrow we will continue our journey south to Death Valley and to Las Vegas. Goto Day 10.