Travels in the SW-US – day 2

“Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter.” –John Muir in a letter to his wife Louie in July 1888

Well… not so much these days. This pretty much sums up the Yosemite experience the way it’s seen by most tourists:Yosemite-If one were to hike into the back country, I’m sure it would be an entirely different thing altogether, but I had neither the time nor stamina for that sort of adventure. I have some pretty ambivalent feelings about the overcrowding at the National Parks. It’s wonderful to see folks enjoying them, but the jostling tends to take away from the awestruck feeling I experienced when I visited them in the 70s.Yosemite-0041Still… there’s no taking away from the utter beauty and majesty of these marvelous places. If only we can manage to preserve and safeguard them for generations to come. (El Capitan in the mist as seen above)

Ere dawn had kissed the level valley floor / He climbed to summits through the sleeping wood / By the inerrant guide of forest lore, / And found companionship in solitude / He feared no beast and by no beast was feared / And none was startled when his shape appeared.” — Excerpted from the poem, “With Muir in Yosemite,” by Robert Underwood Johnson (as printed in the 1938 Yosemite Nature Notes, 17)

Day two stats: more miles to get us closer to our destination, but couldn’t pass up Yosemite on the way. Arrived at Coarsegold campground after dark.
Roughly 300 miles (483 km)- at least 6 plus hours of driving.

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48 thoughts on “Travels in the SW-US – day 2

  1. I am awestruck by these stunning images. It is rather sad that it is overrun with tourists…otherwise I can imagine the sights were almost a spiritual experience….or at least, that’s how I would imagine it to be.

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    • Starting back around 1968, visiting these national parks was very close to a spiritual experience. These days, it involves dodging a lot of other tourists for the most part. But they remain some rather miraculous pieces of our country/planet nonetheless.

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  2. You’ve shown what a fine photographer you are in that first shot, Gunta. I love the tourists in the foreground! And the second shot is stunning.

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    • Thanks for the kind words, Micheal. That first one was such a fun shot. Not one I could resist at all. I wondered if anyone would catch the waterfalls ‘hitting’ the 4th umbrella from the right. 😉

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