Yosemite National Park is located in the central Sierra Nevada Mountains….nice.
From all places that we have visited so far we all agreed that the best thing in USA are national parks and nature. Cities are interesting and ok, but nothing really special. But environment is impressive. The best way to approach the Yosemite is via Tioga Pass which is a mountain road, now closed due to severe winter conditions. In Yosemite you can see – the highest waterfall in North America, Yosemite fall; the most famous vertical rock face in the world, El Capitan; and the largest organisms of all time, giant sequoias.
We rented amazing condo in the park. It was expensive but worth every dollar.
From our balcony we just saw coyotes, ravens and mule deer (similar to deer that you know – cannot tell the difference).
On the park entrance you get the Yosemite newspapers (monthley editon) in which you can find all important information to keep you safe from the animals and the animals safe from you. For example, you are not allowed to leave food anywhere because black bears will smell it and you can assume what goes afterwards…;) Below you can see garbage cans specially designed for bears…;)
Bears have excellent smell, vision and can see in colour so they recognize food…you know the rest. If you see a bear you are supposed to scare him…I’m not quite sure how to do it, it is a damn bear…but ok…We’ll try to stay away from them. If we see a mountain lion and coyotes we are supposed to stay calm…hehehhhehe….ok…I’ll try to remember that.
If you want to go on Half Dome you’ll need a wilderness permit which we don’t have cause due to the weather conditions Half Dome is closed. Since I have just saw Half Dome, I have to say that I’m glad we don’t have the permit. Today, we came late and only took the drive through Yosemite Valley. The most impressive was the tunnel view from which we saw El Capitan, Half dome and spectacular Bridal veil fall.