Recently my brother-in-law and his girlfriend came to stay with us so we took the week off work and spent 3 days with them in Yosemite National Park. It’s now the 3rd time we’ve been and each experience has been completely different. Our first visit was in June during a year when snowmelt was late so the waterfalls were full and the river was flooded, drastically different to this trip and our other which was in September. The plant and animal life visible in the park also varied markedly from season to season.

During our most recent visit the atmosphere was stormy and there were large forest fires, contributing to a very hazy sky and a smoky smell that lingered on our clothes but also some fantastic sunsets. This was also our most energetic stay as we decided to climb from the valley floor to the top of Yosemite falls. Only a 3 1/2 mile hike but with an elevation of 2,700 ft which ended up taking us 7 hours for the round trip. Needless to say, it was extremely strenuous and we nearly turned back before the top because we were worried about getting back down before sunset. In the end it worked out fine and the view from the top was definitely worth it but my calves took most of a week to recover!

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