“The mountains are calling and I must go.”
Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting Yosemite National Park. My girlfriend saw that I was stressed out from work and suggested taking some time off. What I thought was going to be a few days of lounging around the house turned into a surprise trip to Yosemite.
In Yosemite Valley, cell phones are useless. My girlfriend thought I would go crazy without being able to go on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, I was actually pleasantly surprised by how much not being able to use those services made me feel, well, better.
I was able to take in the vistas, the clean air and the sounds of the wilderness. I was able to listen to the rushing water from the falls and I was able to look up and enjoy the day and night’s sky.
We booked our stay in Yosemite’s Half Dome Village (previously called Curry Village). The prices vary based on whether or not you want to have a heater in your tent and believe me, the heaters work. Half Dome Village or Housekeeping is a more budget-friendly alternative to the Lodge or the Majestic Yosemite Hotel (previously called The Ahwahnee)
Yosemite can get crowded so heading off on your own can save you the headache of dealing with long lines and crowds in the more tourist-friendly areas such as Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Of course, you should see these as well, so if you want to see them consider heading out early. Which brings me to –
Some tips on Yosemite:
I can not recommend highly enough visiting Yosemite National Park and the other National Parks but I think Yosemite will always have a special place in my heart because it was the first National Park I have ever visited and fallen in love with.