Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Yosemite National Park

Today we drove through Yosemite National Park. My Grandparents have been here and so I found myself thinking of them while I was there :-) To the point that I bought a postcard to send back to my Grandmother in NZ.
Remember the days of postcards? They're the cardboard printed photos we used to buy and ACTUALLY write on in the days before Blogging and mobile pics etc .
Its an awe inspiring place and words can't describe the breathtaking views and these pics certainly don't do the place justice. The view from the top looking back over the valley is stunning and it would be an amazing place to sit and do any soul searching. Looking up at 6000 feet of granite that has been around for 1000's of years would be sure to put things into perspective for you!

The day started off nicely but then as we drove higher up the through the park, the rain and fog set in and at the peak that turned to snow. Not something someone who is coming to do hot yoga for 9 weeks has the clothing for hence the pic of a very cold Kiwi. I can't even pretend to show it wasn't cold. I had about 5 layers of clothing on, my yoga pants on under my pants, and only jumped out of the car very briefly to take pictures.

I can't even remember the last time I would have seen snow? I'm thinking maybe 20 years ago in Canada. My life since has been carefully orchestrated to include only summer hoidays to warm exotic places like Fiji and Australia!

Regardless it was still a remarkable place and I would love to go back in the summer and spend several weeks there exploring. Being mindful of the wildlife tho of course. The need to lock up your food and to not leave any rubbish behind because of bears was familiar, as I have been camping in Canada and so the same rules applied there. But it was the comment that "if you had small children and saw a Mountain Lion that is was advisable to pick your children up so that they appeared larger", which made me gasp aloud! Oy! Note to self, don't go camping in Yosemiti with small children. :-)