Relaxing And Enjoying Yosemite

Just A Day Trip So Far.

Hiking and enjoying Yosemite deserves more than one day, all I could manage was a day trip. I still loved it hands down though. Yosemite has been my favorite National Park since my parents started visiting when I was a kid. It is still my favorite today and I try to go as much as I can, which hasn’t been as much as I’ve wanted yet. With how busy and time consuming my life is, I still try to find time for me and my joy. I was so excited to be able to squeeze in a day trip (3 hours away) to Yosemite with one of my good friends. We drove out there, and by we, I drove out there! The weather was perfect, not terribly hot with a slight breeze. There were however a bunch of tourists! I forgot that it was one of the last weekends that school was out, none the less we still enjoyed Yosemite. But beware, traffic and parking can definitely test your patience a bit. When we pulled up to the park entrance I asked about the military annual pass and I ended up receiving one right on the spot! If you want to learn more about it, look no further! Click Here! Driving through the park I had forgotten just how massive and beautiful it was. Mountains everywhere, the Merced river that runs through, just the sheer magnitude of nature’s beauty that it took my breath away. Along the way to Yosemite Village we stopped in the many turnoffs for all the pictures. We finally found a parking spot way down the ways but it was ok because everything was still beautiful to look at. Since we were just doing a short day trip we decided the best option was to hike Lower Yosemite Falls. It is a short loop about 1 mile give or take that gets you right up and personal with the falls.

Trail markers help lead the way!

This is one of my favorite spots because you are literally right there with the falls. After we spent some time taking all the pictures, having a water break and eating some snacks we decided to go to Yosemite Village. There we found a table in the shade and ate our lunch, kind of relaxing before we would set off for the store and Ansel Adam’s Gallery. The store is pretty cool. You can find all your groceries and supplies there along with your souvenirs you would want to take back with you. Below are just a few photos that I took over the day. (Sharpening my photography skills). We ended the day with the relaxing walk back to the truck, before it started getting dark. I can not wait to go again and either camp or stay at one of the lodges there! Stay tuned for more adventures in the future! Happy hiking my nature lovers!

The Ansel Adam’s Gallery

Ansel Adams was a photographer and environmentalist he was born in San Francisco, California in 1902. He was a true protector of Yosemite and became famous for his amazing work. In Yosemite Village he has his own gallery there. The Ansel Adam’s Gallery is a must visit if you have a love for nature and photography.

Camping and Lodging

If you want to make more than just a day trip out of Yosemite, have no fear there are some options to choose from! From tent camping, to fixed tent camping, cabins and lodges there are options for every adventurer out there! Make sure to book in advance and which season you want to visit in. The seasons definitely vary there especially from Spring and Winter. All seasons are a must visit. For me, winter is probably my favorite though! Down below I have a list of a few known camping and lodging for Yosemite.

“In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.”
Ansel Adams


Military Benefits For National Parks

America The Beautiful: The Annual Pass

Who would have thought something in the military was easy? The military has a bunch of benefits that I wasn’t aware of because 1) Nobody told me about them and 2) I didn’t know the right questions to ask. I wondered about military deals on National Parks when I was stationed back in Virginia a few years ago. I wanted to go on a Park road trip but then I kind of forgot about it after a while and never looked into it. Last weekend I went on my Yosemite trip with one of my friends and I had forgotten all about the FREE annual pass for military until I got up to the entrance gate. I wondered if I could just get in with the show of an ID? I pulled up to the front gate and asked the ranger…”Hi…I have no idea if this is how you do it but I have my military ID.” She was full of energy and really sweet she said “all I need to do is make sure its valid” (looks at my ID) rummages through the desk and pulls out an annual pass card. She asked me to sign it and then gave me a park map and the pass…I looked at her dumbfounded. “That’s it?” I asked her. “That’s all there is to it. Its good for one year.” she said. I told her “Thank you! I never imagined it would be that easy!” She smiled and waved me through. I was shocked! I couldn’t believe I actually was able to do something like that. I forgot that benefit was even a thing! Active duty and their dependents, Active Reservists and their dependents and Disabled Veterans all rate this free annual pass. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and to be curious. You’ll never know what you can do until you think about it and answer your question.

Where To Find The Information

There are a few easy sites to find more info and more detail about these passes. I had my friend look on for a quick minute before I got to the front gate.

What about Veterans you may ask? Unfortunately as a Veteran we do not qualify for the pass unless we are Disabled with a VA rating. However, on Veterans day park entrance fees will be waived.

August 11th 2019

“To photograph truthfully and effectively is to see beneath the surfaces.”

– Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams was a renowned photographer. His work is amazing. Tomorrow I’m visiting Yosemite National Park for the first time in almost six years! That’s way too long of a gap for me, so I’m super excited. I’m also excited because there is an Ansel Adam’s Gallery dedicated to his work at the village. I can’t wait to share some of my photos that I’ll take there. If you’d like to read and learn more about him I’m including a website that you can visit. (:

Ansel Adams Biography