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


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

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

  1. Caroline Wood says:

    Wow! Beautiful photos!!


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


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