Destination, America (Yosemite)

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

There are so many beautiful places to see in the United States. Ryan and I have been lucky enough, in the last few years, to visit a few of them. Most recently we went to Yosemite. We went in April, during my spring break from school. We flew into San Francisco, rented a car and drove down the coast to Monterey. It was a beautiful drive. Being from Florida, I expected the west coast to be just as built up. It wasn't. I am sure in some areas it is, but not where we were. There were actually farms along the coast. All the little coves had beautiful little beaches. In the morning, we drove about three hours east to the park.

Although April was a less crowded time to visit the park, some of the roads were closed due to weather conditions and it was quite chilly. We were unable to take the road up to Mariposa Grove. There were still many wonderful things to see and trails to hike. The waterfalls were amazing.

There was abundant wildlife. We saw mule deer, birds, and a coyote. I sort of hoped to see a bear, from a good distance though. Although they were on the move at that time of year, we didn't see any.

Huge trees and delicate little flowers fill this park. We spent three days in the park and had time to see and learn a lot about the park's history and the history of the native people who made the valley their home. The Ahwahneechee Yosemite Indians lived in the Yosemite valley they called Ahwahnee, meaning "mouth."

On the second to last day of our trip, we drove back to the coast to a town called Pacifica. Our last night was spent in a hotel looking out on the ocean. It was beautiful and the sunset was incredible.


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