Frazil ice in Yosemite National Park

4 Responses to Frazil ice in Yosemite National Park

  1. James Hanley says:

    Oh, and if you go in winter, they have outdoor ice skating with a great view of Half Dome. Quelle romantique.


  2. James Hanley says:

    Yosemite? Bay Area? It all looks close from Texas, doesn’t it! *grin*

    I spent a few years in San Francisco. Yosemite’s not exactly Bay Area, but, yes, it is pretty doggone convenient. Unfortunately too convenient, given the Bary Area has about 6 million people, and the great majority of visitors to Yosemite don’t go anywhere except the relatively small Yosemite Valley.

    I was only there about three times, and didn’t get to see as much as I would like to, but we’re considering taking our kids there this summer–coming from Michigan it’s not too far out of the way when going to L.A. for the in-law’s 50th anniversary.

    If you go, a few tips. First, try to go midweek and in the edge seasons if you can. Weekend summers host L.A. (Dallas?) style traffic jams. You do have to go to the Valley, crowded as it is, because obviously everyone wants to see Half Dome and El Capitan. And it’s well worth doing one or two of the short day hikes to some of the waterfalls.

    But then get out of the valley and drive through the park to Tuolumne Meadows. There are many great views along the way, with lots of places to just stop and admire. Or you can go the other direction up to Hetch Hetchy Valley, which John Muir claimed was more beautiful than Yosemite Valley, but which was dammed to provide drinking water for San Francisco. Still beautiful, but not breathtaking on the order of what it must once have been.

    If you go, you might as well take a couple extra days and also go down to Sequoia National Park. Only a few hours drive and in the same mountain range, but an entirely different world.


  3. Ed Darrell says:

    Yosemite is the only one of the National Park “crown jewels” I’ve never visited. I think I was the only one on staff at the President’s Commission on Americans Outdoors who hadn’t seen Yosemite, and these years later, still haven’t. My parents romanced in the Bay Area, including Yosemite. It was so much engrained in them that they assumed all the children had been there (do we do that to our children? “You remember during the Kennedy administration . . .”)

    So, I smell a trip to the Bay Area with a significant, camping side-trip coming up.


  4. Ellie says:

    Thanks for this. I was only at Yosemite once, back in the early ’60s. It was either late August or early September, and the falls were barely a trickle. Coming from the Niagara Falls area, I didn’t understand the appeal (I was very young). Then it was explained to me that Yosemite was like a Wonderland, changing greatly with the seasons. I’d love to go back someday.


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