Snow Days (Part 1) – Yosemite National Park, CA

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March 7, 2019 by Deborah W. Trotter

Last month on a whim, my husband made plans for us to spend Valentine’s Day and the day following in Yosemite. California was being deluged by an atmospheric river as we headed up to the park, and we weren’t at all sure we would make it to our destination. Friends thought we were foolish to try. Water was gushing everywhere en route along Highway 140, the only road into the park open that day, and it was still raining with a very low ceiling when we got to Yosemite Valley. But we did get there, safely.

Bear Creek near Midpines
Merced River along Highway 140
Above Highway 140
Yosemite Valley – We never did see Half Dome – did the Raven?

There was snow on the ground and a forecast for more to fall over the next several days. During the time we were there, it was our amazing pleasure to experience along with a very few other lucky visitors, the transformation of the valley. It was truly a wonderland of snow and silent beauty, and I spent as much time outside, in it, as I possibly could.

Thursday afternoon
Less than 24 hours later
The Ahwahnee Bridge
Behind the Hotel
The Ahwahnee Hotel (aka the Majestic Yosemite Hotel)
Upper Yosemite Fall made a very brief appearance
Royal Arch Cascade
Just behind the hotel
The Merced River on our way out on Saturday morning
All alone in a snowy wonderland
Merced River
Farewell to the Valley for now

7 thoughts on “Snow Days (Part 1) – Yosemite National Park, CA

  1. Caroline Wood says:

    Wow! Beautiful photos!!

    Caroline

    Caroline Wood 925-899-6980 Cell carolinewood85@gmail.com “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” Eat dessert first.

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  2. babsje says:

    Hi Deb. I have no idea how I missed your excellent Yosemite post but am happy to have found it two years late. Your photos of my favorite place on earth are outstanding!

    • It was such a magical visit. The photos do, I think, give you the feels! It was so nice for me to look at them again – thank you!

      • babsje says:

        I’m glad you enjoyed looking at them again! I haven’t been there in person since around 1981 and your images made it all so fresh and magical indeed. Thanks so much! I hope you’re well and able to visit more parks now that things are more open. Take care.

      • I’m glad you enjoyed them! We visited several parks in CO, UT and NV this fall, and will be spending some time in Grand Canyon NP and Zion soon. Time for more blog posts! You take care, too.

      • babsje says:

        That’s great! Looking forward to seeing those parks sometime through your blog’s lens!

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