El Capitan reflected in a puddle.

{Yosemite} Yosemite Falls, Junior Ranger, & Bridalveil Fall

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John Muir quote on an interpretive sign.

I took so many photos in Yosemite, and I am having a tough time picking through them, so I’m on to the second day of Yosemite pics.

After our walk to the top of Vernal Falls we had appetites for more waterfalls.

Yosemite Falls were dry, but the new loop trail that gets you there was quite lovely. And since there were only a couple other people on the trail, we had the whole place to ourselves.

Boy laying on a bench, writing.
Working on Junior Ranger activities while waiting for the bus.
Boy walking on path through trees.
When I moved to Montana, I was surprised at how skinny all the trees are. Now back in California, I remembered what “normal” size trees look like.
A dry Yosemite Falls through the trees.
Yosemite Falls without any water. It rained while we were there and by the next day the falls were running again.

The next day it was time to declare Junior Ranger status by taking the oath and getting the badge.

A Ranger issue an oath to two boys.
Official Junior Rangers of Yosemite National Park.

The rest of the day was spent cruising the Valley Loop. We took a short walk to the base of El Capitan –a 7,569-foot a vertical rock formation. Besides running through the trees and leaping over rocks, we gawked at the granite cliff towering above us.

Maple leaves on a log.
Fall is gorgeous in Yosemite. There’s color everywhere you look.
Boys walking through a forest.
Walking to the base of El Capitan.
El Capitan from the bottom.
El Capitan from the bottom.
Reflection of El Capitan in a puddle.
El Cap in a puddle.

A couple stops along the way and we were at Bridalveil Fall.

620-foot Bridalveil Fall
620-foot Bridalveil Fall
Boys at the base of Bridalveil Fall.
Boys at the base of Bridalveil Fall.

That night we had dinner with a friend from college who is now the park geologist, and his wife, the park ornithologist, and their daughter. It was a great way to end an awesome trip.

We can’t wait to go back.

Yosemite Valley and Half Dome.
View of the valley as we drove home.

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