Photo Walk: A Weekend in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park - El Capitan Meadow

Hi everyone,

to stick with the theme of celebration the 100th birthday of the National Park Services, I’d like to share some photos from my three-day trip to Yosemite with you. It has been a while that I was last there and I can’t wait to go back and see more of the park. While I went through my photos, I tried to remember the names of all the places, hikes, and vista points and failed horribly. I managed to research some of them, however, this is by no means an exhaustive list of things to do in Yosemite National Park. I just figured I’d share some impressions with you.

Tunnel View - Yosemite Valley - Yosemite National Park
Tunnel View – Yosemite National Park

We went on this trip with a huge group of friends. We were all international students at the time and decided to go camping in Yosemite. We were all a little bit short on money and camping just seemed to be the best option for a group of 40 people. Unfortunately, I don’t remember the name of the campsite anymore. I just remember how difficult it was to find when we arrived in the dark.

Yosemite National Park - El Capitan Meadow

Thankfully, our friends who had arrived earlier had already set up our tent. I’m definitely not good enough at setting up tents to do it in the dark. After the stressful trip, the fun finally began with freshly grilled burgers, a bonfire, and a nightly walk to the nearby lake including star-gazing (sadly I still haven’t tried any night sky photography). The next day, we split up into smaller groups and went on hikes of all different levels of intensity. Some people hiked up to the half dome, others went to the glacier point, and a third group stayed in the valley and explored (dried up) waterfalls.

El Capitan - My weekend in Yosemite National Park
El Capitan

Sleeping in tents and on the ground in late October was pretty rough. The temperatures dropped a lot over night and we, unfortunately, had forgotten our air mattress. I can definitely not recommend sleeping on the plain ground. On our last day, we packed up our camp, tried the camp site showers with very little success, and stopped at some view points on our way out of the park and even saw a bear at some point.

El Capitan Meadows

I am so excited to announce, that I will be going back to Yosemite in a couple of weeks. This time it will be only a small group and we will be bringing a tentsile tent, which is basically a hammock tent. I can’t wait to tell you all about that.

 

Feel like taking a trip to a national park yourself? Check out my National Park bucket list, I’m sure you’ll find plenty of inspiration there.

Hope you enjoyed the photos!

Yours, Juliet

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