Pssst…I’l let you in on a local’s secret: Yosemite National Park is horrible in the summer. When the waterfalls are raging and the days are long and warm, there is no place I’d rather NOT be than Yosemite. During this extremely popular time of the year, there are throngs of people and cars clogging every walkway and road, dirty air fed by forest fires and Central Valley smog, and a dry, sweltering heat that leaves me pining for air conditioning and a freezer full of Mint Oreo ice cream.
Pretty much every month outside of June, July, and September is better for visiting, although I think Fall is the best. There’s a cool crispness to the air…mmmm, that pristine mountain kind filled with the fresh, lung-scrubbing fragrance of damp pine needles and joyously littered with a colorful confetti of falling leaves.
There’s also that glowing, golden sunshine that bathes the Valley Floor during the day, a luscious light that only comes at this time of year. It’s warm and beautiful, especially as it illuminates the face of Half Dome in the mid-afternoon.
This past weekend Steve, Mila, and I went “glamping” (i.e. tent camping, but with enough kitchenware and bedding to stock a Macy’s Home Store) in the shadow of the world’s most famous monolith. What ensued were several days of peace and rejuvenation in this idyllic park. Although I said I’d go easy on the photography this trip (really, how many pictures of Yosemite Falls do I need??), I scrapped that idea once I immersed myself in the splendid beauty of Yosemite.
A recent rain storm had erased the memory of summer, wetting the soil and refilling the High Sierra watershed, bringing the famed waterfalls to life again. The fall colors were peaking, the light was amazing, and I just couldn’t help myself!! Scroll down to see more of my photos from our Yosemite Fall “Glamping” Trip.
Have you been to Yosemite? If so, when is your favorite time of year to visit? Litter my my blog with comments, I’d love to hear from you!
P.S. – One of these days I’ll post on the finer points of “glamping.” Mila still doesn’t understand it – like why would you take all the comforts of home to someplace that’s NOT home – but believe me, it’s kind of a thing these days!