Yosemite, one of the two original National Parks, is one of the most cherished places in the United States for getting outside. Iconic Half Dome and El Capitan form the valley that's roughly the size of Rhode Island. There's plenty to explore and a must for any outdoor adventurer.
What's the must do and see here?
If you have the chance, I would highly recommend watching a sunrise anywhere over the valley floor (Taft point, tunnel view, etc) in the fall. Being able to witness the fog escaping over the monochromatic leaves on the valley below is a moment that a picture will never be able to justify.
What makes this a special place to connect with nature?
The place is just massive! There was literally never a moment that I was not impressed.
Favorite memory here?
My favorite memory was just before me and a friend were about to leave the park. A man was walking his dog along the path with Half Dome in the background. It was very symbolic for me, due to my current situation, and made for an immense adjustment to my perspective in life that no matter how big my problems may seem, there is a bigger picture to it all and just have to have faith.
What superlative would you give Yosemite?
A majestic world.
Tell us about yourself!
I am currently in Salem, Oregon, until December, and then will be traveling cross-country to Georgia. I just returned from a 6 month mission trip in Chile, South America, where I had the opportunity to serve in communities as well as do some photographer/ exploring in Patagonia shortly after. I got tired of living the normal life and pursuing the "American Dream," so I made a radical change in my lifestyle and have yet to regret it since! Visit my website for more details of what exactly this looks like.
Yosemite was John Muir's muse. The guy loved the place so much he started the National Park System to keep it protected (thanks John!). It's an ideal place for climbers ,check out the Half Dome waiting list, hikers with 840 miles of trails and anglers looking to do some brown and rainbow trout fishing.
Yosemite's big. The valley's expands as far as the eye can see. The giant Sequoias live up to there name and El Cap is the largest granite monolith in the world. You probably won't see it all in one visit. Pro Tip: You have to book summer camping reservations a year out so try to take advantage of the low season from late September to May.
What's your favorite pair of Rheos shades?
Frame Color: Tortoise
Lens Color: Marine
Description: Yosemite is a National Parks classic with the capacity to surprise even the most well versed explorer. The Anhigas with iconic Tortoise frames and Marine lenses fit as your everyday shades battling the city streets and on the daunting ascent up of El Capitan.
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