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October 6, 2015

Oct. 5 - Yosemite National Park

Curry Village

"The mountains are calling and I must go."―John Muir

Last night we stayed in Oakhurst, which is right outside the south gate of Yosemite National Park. This morning we drove into the park and spent the day being amazed by the unbelievable sights in this national park. Our first stop was Glacier Point. It was a great spot to start our Yosemite adventure, because it gave us an overlook of the Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, and Yosemite’s high country.

Our next stop was at the Sentinel Dome trailhead. We had lunch about half way up to the top of the dome. When we reached the top we had a 360º view of the Yosemite Valley. We could see Half Dome, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls (not flowing), North Dome, Basket Dome and much more. We felt like we were at the top of the world. 

From here we drove into Yosemite Valley and enjoyed the breathtaking views along the way. Unfortunately there is no water in Yosemite Falls this time of year...that's the trade off for coming later in the year, less people in the park but no water in most of the falls. We had a great first day in the park and I'll let the pictures do the talking from here.

Half Dome is perhaps the most recognized symbol of Yosemite. Rising nearly 5,000 feet above the Valley floor, it is one of the most sought-after landmarks in Yosemite. Some people even hike or rock-climb to the top!
Views from Glacier Point
A little private spot we found to enjoy the view at Glacier Point
View from Glacier Point
Views of Sentinel Dome from the trail
Looking at Cathedral Rocks on the left and El Capitan on the left. This is a view from Sentinel Dome.
Cathedral Rocks and Spires form the eastern side of the canyon through which Bridalveil Creek flows 
View of Half Dome from Sentinel Dome
Tunnel View provides one of the most famous views of Yosemite Valley. From here you can see El Capitan, Cathedral Rocks and Bridalveil Fall rising from Yosemite Valley, with Half Dome in the background.   
Bridal Fall still has a little water flowing...hard to see in this picture 
Yosemite Falls and the Merced River...unfortunately there isn't any water in the falls.
Cook's Meadow in Yosemite Valley
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