Yosemite–Day 1 of 5

May 23, 2017 Paul Groves

Yosemite National Park–Day 1

We are in beautiful Yosemite Park for five days as the Evacuation Chaperones for about 60 of my high school seniors. They hike for several days and someone needs to stay on the valley floor in case someone is injured and needs to be sent home. The chaperones were having trouble finding someone who could miss school/work for several days to help. Ta-daa. Ron and I fit the bill just fine. I am sorry that we had to call off Bingo with no notice to our players, but I am not sorry to spend five days amid this magnificent scenery. We visited Yosemite back in 1982. It was time to return.

Even on the drive into the main portion of the park, the scenery was amazing. From the car, Ron was able to photograph the valley with El Capitan and Half Dome. Coming through a tunnel, Ron captured Bridal Veil Falls with Half Dome in the distance. We are staying in a spacious and comfortable tent cabin for the five days. Luckily, there is an outlet so we can charge our camera batteries, iPhones & iPads. Walking around, Ron captured a nice image of El Capitan. Yosemite Falls (Upper Yosemite Falls) made a great picture with the mist at the bottom of the falls.

On the first night, we accompanied the group to Mirror Lake where you could see Half Dome in the evening light reflected in the relatively still water. A large stone (topped by one of the students) also made a nice reflective picture.