After a relaxing night in our condo at Bass Lake we enjoyed a perfect day in Yosemite National Park. Temps were in the 50’s, but in the sunshine it felt like 75! Skies were clear and the tourists were much fewer than I experienced the last time I visited during August.
Our first stop was the Mariposa Grove. This was a bonus as the road is usually closed in the winter. However, this winter has seen much less snow than normal so the road was open. We walked on snow-covered trails through these ancient giants.
Most of our day was spent in Yosemite Vally. From our first sight after emerging from the tunnel to our last view from Valley View Vista we were enchanted by the play of sunshine and shadows on the mountains, trees, and meadows. Officially it is still winter here. The meadows are brown, having just emerged from the snow. Deer are returning to feed. Squirrels scamper in the trees. And we came upon a collection of blue jays screeching in the trees in some apparent mating frenzy, turf war, or expressions of joy at springtime. We explored Curry Village, walked around Yosemite Village, stopped to eat our bag lunch and explored the Ansel Adams Gallery. Then we went to Yosemite Falls and hiked to the lower falls.
What a day! Here are a few photos.