Visiting Yosemite

Posted by on Jun 18, 2011 in Hiking Adventures, National Parks | No Comments

Yosemite National Park is a great place for a Couch Potato hike, but beware of some hiking books that rate these hikes. On a recent trip, a Park Ranger called the Vernal Trail “strenuous” (just the hike to the footbridge – not even the more difficult hike to the falls itself), while a hiking book that we picked up rated the trail “Easy.”  No need for us Couch Potatoes to get ourselves in a uncomfortable position, when we are just out looking for a good time and a way to enjoy Mother Nature.

After a particularly heavy winter 2010-2011 snow season, Yosemite National Park gave visitors a great show this May, as seasonal waterfalls came rushing down the jagged cliffs.

Bridal Veil Fall - Yosemite National Park

Bridal Veil Fall – water everywhere in the late spring and early summer

El Capitan - Yosemite National Park

The famous El Capitan – climbing for the intrepid, but a hike or walk to see it for Couch Potatoes.

If you’re not prepared, you might get wet! For people used to tamer parks where paths keep visitors back from any hazards, Yosemite visitors need to watch where they walk as the water rushes down from the picturesque heights of Bridal Veil, Lower Yosemite, and other waterfalls.