Met a few challenges enroute, but last Wednesday Liberty, Big Red, Thorn and myself pulled up to the entrance. Paid my $10 and became the proud owner of a National Parks Senior Pass. I’ve been eligible for several months, but was determined to make the purchase ONLY at Yosemite.
|El Portal Entrance. Looked very Small!|
“You mean for tonight?” she said politely.
“Yes. Please.” Here is where her professionalism kicked in as she patiently pointed out the list of names a page and a half long of people like myself who were hoping to get lucky. No room.
Okay. So at least I’m here and I’ve already spotted Bridal Veil Falls
This red wing blackbird posed 4 feet away as if to say “Take my picture!”
Now all I have to do is find a place to park for the day and use the free park shuttle bus to get visit the rest of the sites, and the trailhead to make a lovely day hike closer to Half Dome. The keepers of Yosemite have worked hard to maintain its natural beauty. Minimum sized roads, tiny little parking lots tucked into trees. It only took an hour to find a spot big enough that I could park. Whew. Off to the bus stop – I’ll go straight for half dome. Backpack, hiking stick and dog in hand I see the bus approach.
“Sorry lady. Dogs are not allowed on buses.”
Still. We can walk anywhere we want, along handy paths… packed with tourists and bicycles (honk honk passing on your right. Beep beep passing on your left). Thorn tangles in the walking stick and eagerly tries to greet everyone he sees with a lunge and a leap. Tiring and a bit dangerous, the plan is scrapped. Back to Liberty. It’s okay, I think. I did see some of Yosemite and another visit can be planned.
On the way out of the park I spot a place with parking, right in front of El Capitan. A big meadow perfect to let an energetic puppy burn off some energy, lots of photogenic views for me.
So I have crossed Yosemite off my Bucket List.