Getting Close to the Earth: Yosemite in a Day

“As long as I live, I’ll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. I’ll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche. I’ll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can.” ~ John Muir

I’ve decided that this year I’d like to learn California like the back of my hand. I’m itching to get out and explore the world but California (and surrounding states) have so much to offer so I figured at the very least I can explore the state I get to live in. First step in doing that… a new car. Once that happens it’s on like donkey kong! It’s going to be a year of epic road trips.

Some plans in the making:

  • Sedona and the Grand Canyon (April)
  • Two week road trip to Yellow Stone National Park (June/July)
  • Weekend camping trip to Joshua Tree
  • Possibly road trip to Oregon to visit some friends
  • Yosemite to hike half Dome

Speaking of Yosemite… I was just there a couple weekends ago. It was a very quick trip but well worth the little taste of that glorious place.

One of my good girlfriends, her parents live 20 minutes from Yosemite so we got to be nice and cozy come night time. It did rain a bit on the day we went into the park and I didn’t get to explore and experience it to the point that I could write what to do… but what to see… that’s an easy one. The valley floor is where you want to head to and see the giant monuments of cliffs that surround the valley. I literally could just sit and stare up at the mountain in awe for hours.

I would love to go back and camp and hike Half Dome. For those of you not familiar with Half Dome it’s a 14-16 mile (depending where you start) hike with a 4,800 feet elevation gain where the last 400 feet is climbing up cables on the back of the dome. Supposedly it’s scary as shit but the view from the top is unreal. Sounds like a good time to me!

This trip we just played around and explored the basics… and took some good photos while we at it. There is not much open during the winter season but still worth the exploration, even if it’s just for a day.

Being in nature and especially somewhere like Yosemite puts into perspective the unimportance of life’s little dramas. It’s hard to sit on a rock at the edge of the valley and look out onto land that has been there long before we walked the earth and be anything but grateful to have the experience to witness it. I guess that’s why I travel and go on mini adventures… to remind myself of life’s beauty that is all around us.

Sometimes we need to be taken aback by nature. To be reminded that what particles make up massive mountains are also the particles that make up our bodies. That we are vast just like the valleys and fluid just like the rivers and oceans.  Like John Muir says “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”

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