Yes indeed. While Yosemite may be celebrating its birthday, this glorious national park in California will not be open for anyone to enjoy its splendor. Yosemite stretches across the central eastern park of California and includes Tuolumne, Mariposa, and Madera counties. It extends over 761,268 acres and covers the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. I would hope you are all familiar with the picturesque views that John Muir discovered and worked so hard to protect. This is an excellent article on John Muir and his influence in Yosemite. The image of Half Dome alone is monumental, at least for those familiar with the great national park. One day I hope to hike the difficult (some call treacherous) 14-16 miles, but it requires a permit, some training, and to actually be in the state of California.
The valley itself was protected in 1864 when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant. However, it wasn’t until later when John Muir pushed to create a larger national park that included the surrounding mountains and forests. The valley and mountains hold millions of secrets and years of history that over 3.7 million people seek out each year. There are campgrounds in the valley along with up in the Tuolumne river area, both of which are stunning. I’ve stayed in both areas and have to say, even though it’s a mountain escape or destination, the valley is much more of a tourist attraction.
Check out Google’s tribute on its homepage here.
I’ll be back later this evening to share some of my favorite pictures from this beautiful landscape. Like I said before, I may be transported into the concrete jungle, but I’ll always be a California gal.