22 April, 2008

Yosemite Valley

Spring weather has filled the waterfalls of Yosemite. Snow could be seen all along the peaks (Heather even spotted an avalanche), but the valley floor was mostly snow free.
Yosemite has 12 miles of bike path. Bikes are the best way to get around the floor since buses leave you far from some destinations.
We did a few short hikes to avoid the crowds. A noisy school group and the usual crowd of German/Japanese/American tourists made off-season feel like "Yosemite City". To me, the most profound beauty of Yosemite is the relatively isolated backcountry. Where nature can be truly heard.
To end the day we visited the museum and famous Ahwahnee Hotel (indoor filming location of the movie "The Shining").

Water was flowing in abundance in every creek and waterfall.