Yosemite National Park has a way of making you feel small and insignificant. In a good way.
While worries about the true meaning of life took a hold of me at Grand Canyon, they quickly dissipated during our visit to Yosemite.
Once inside, our first stop was Glacier Point. It is said to be one of the best places in the park for a view. One on side of the overlook you’ll see the incredible Half Dome, the Vernal Falls, and the Nevada Falls. On the other side you’ll find a front row seat to Yosemite Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in the world, and the ever expansive Yosemite Valley.
It’s funny how all my petty problems and insecurities were suddenly replaced by a sense of calm and comfort. I found a spot on the rocks, laid my head back and closed my eyes. I’ve never been one for mediation but it was knee jerk reaction to my surroundings. Before we knew it, we had spent hours up there. Who would have thought that one of the outcomes from visiting Yosemite would be an interest in mediation.
For us, seeing the depths of Yosemite Valley from over top was a perfect way to kick off our time in the park.
You should know
How to get to Glacier Point
Glacier Point is accessible by car late from May to November. That may chance according to weather so check the website before heading up. You can also take a free shuttle up that leaves from Badger Pass. There is a bus tour offered for a round trip ticket or one way ticket. If you’re heading to Yosemite during Summer or Fall you can hike up to Glacier Point by doing the Four Mile Hike and/or the Panorama Trail. Pick your poison.
Do Research before heading to Yosemite
The opportunity for fun activities and spectacular views seem to be limitless in Yosemite. The park offers a little bit of everything depending on where in the park you are. Do some research and plan ahead.
Yosemite Park Free $30 for a car
Becoming Worry Free Fee $0 for all humans
Wild Life Encounter
We saw a black bear in the wild! Well, we saw his back. He was walking away from the street and into the woods, but I swear we saw his cute little ears and waggly butt. This was a HUGE first for all four of us. Once we couldn’t see him onlookers guessed that he was sleeping within the bushes. We were the only ones who stayed behind and waited for the little fellow to come out again. He never did.
We also saw a lot of deer, mostly in open meadows but also on the road. Drive safely!