Yosemite National Park - June 5 - 12, 2010

Yosemite Valley - June 7-8

Photos © Peter Mansbach, 2010.
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This was my eleventh trip to Yosemite, sixth to the Valley. But I have never seen the waterfalls so heavy! Yosemite had 40% more snow than usual, last winter, and we were there in early June, during the first 90° heat wave.

Yosemite Valley from Tunnel View (aka Discovery View)
El Capitan is on the left, Bridal Veil Falls is on the right. Half Dome is seen in the distance.

Two views of Upper Yosemite Falls, both taken near Swinging Bridge. The Merced River is in front.

We hiked up to Mirror Lake, passing along Tenaya Creek. As you can see, Tenaya Creek was bloated, with rushing, turbulent flow. It had clearly expanded beyond its normal banks. Mirror Lake itself, usually dry by August, was pretty full this year in June.

Tenaya Creek
Mirror Lake

We proceeded to a fabulous dinner at the Ahwahnee Hotel. A bit pricey, but the food was truly special, and the service too. And the dining hall is impressive.

The Ahwahnee Hotel

The Ahwahnee dining room

Half Dome, en route to the Ahwahnee

The granite background for this page was taken from a shot of El Capitan.

The Panorama Trail, from the same trip
Wawona and the Mariposa Grove of sequoias, from the same trip
More Yosemite Valley photos, from previous trips
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