Friday, July 31, 2009

Yosemite Valley & Vernal Falls hike

Visiting the Yosemite Valley on a "regular" Monday (as opposed to Memorial Weekend Sunday) was a surprisingly nice experience. The valley was still full of tourists, but at least this time we did not waste half an hour looking for a parking spot nor we needed to wait 10 minutes for a permission to cross a street...

My parents with Yosemite Valley in the background:

Bridal Veil falls, very beautiful, but difficult to photograph in the midday sun:

My parents and Half Dome:

Me happy in front of the Yosemite Falls:

Last time Anil and I visited the park, we went for the Yosemite Falls hike. This time we decided to go for the Vernal Falls hike. Not only was this hike easier, but it was also prettier than the previous one. Half the pain, twice as much fun :) If you have time for only one hike in the park and you want to see a beautiful waterfall, I would recommend choosing the Vernal Falls hike. You will not be disappointed.

On the way to the Vernal Falls:

Almost there!

Vernal Falls and rainbow:

Vernal Falls and Monika:

Anil on the way back to the valley floor:

If you look closely, you will see the Upper Yosemite Falls in this picture: