Take a Hike

Getting back into the groove of school can be difficult, especially if you just had an AMAZING summer! I often find myself scrolling through all the pictures I took over the summer… all 2,153 of them. But of those 2,153 pictures I tend to focus on the images which capture one of the greatest adventures of my life thus far.

This past summer my family and I went to Yosemite National Park which is located in California. According to the National Park Service, in 1864 a law was passed to preserve the land, protecting Yosemite from the ravages of human industry. However, Yosemite only became a National Park in 1890. Yosemite is known for its valley, waterfalls, sequoia trees, and most of all its granite.

Everything in Yosemite is so beautiful and unlike any place I have ever been to before. The landscapes and environment are so different in Yosemite compared to where we live in Western Pennsylvania.

Yosemite has so many stunning views, but one of my favorite views was the waterfalls. One of the waterfalls, Yosemite Falls, is the tallest waterfall in North America, and it is the fifth tallest waterfall in the world! But this waterfall does not last all year round. It can be seen at its maximum flow during the spring and summer. In the fall, Yosemite Falls' flow decreases significantly because the main water source for it is the melting snow.

There were several other waterfalls to see, but we had to hike on the trails to see them. My family was always down for a hike, so we did end up seeing several of the other waterfalls! My favorite hike was to Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls; to get to those waterfalls we had to take a trail called the Mist Trail (and rightly so). We got soaked. But that just goes to show you how close we got to these waterfalls. The picture below is a picture of my siblings on the Mist Trail.

I would definitely go back to Yosemite National Park in a heartbeat. It was such an amazing experience and I think anyone who could go, would find it just as enjoyable as I have!