Yosemite National Park is one of those magical places that I could never get tired of. While there, AJ and I often wondered if the rangers and national park employees ever stop being in awe of their surroundings. After working there all season long, does Half Dome just become another ho-hum backdrop? Are the numerous waterfalls around the park just something to glance at while getting from home to work? Do the deer, birds and other wildlife just become a nuisance to the employees after the novelty wears off? I can’t imagine it does, but then I’m a city boy; one that is awe of nature and all that it brings (though you can keep the bugs and insects – I’m not a fan of those). While in Yosemite, AJ and I walked around, craning our necks as we hiked, stretching our sore muscles as we trampled through meadows and trails, and bandaged blisters and cuts that we got from our ill-fitting cheap hiking boots (we have since bought decent ones). But it was all worth it.
[This is part one of a two-part post. I had a bit of trouble editing down the photos (hey we took over 1200 of them), so expect more Yosemite photos next Thursday. And while you at it, if you haven’t already done so, check out the granola that I brought along on our hike in my previous blog post.]