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I'm Jess, the author of this photo journal. I hope to cultivate and promote a spirit of exploration, a sense of community and self-awareness, and a love for photography one adventure at a time.

Roadtrip 2016: Yosemite via iPhone

Roadtrip 2016: Yosemite via iPhone

This was my second visit to Yosemite, and it was even more miraculous than I remembered it being. This time I brought the husband along, hoping to instill in him a love for this place, nature, and the outdoors. Fortunately, one doesn't have to convince someone that Yosemite is freaking awesome; anyone can look at it from afar and up close and instantly be in awe.  I am so grateful that I was able to share the experience with the one I love and that I was able to immerse myself in all its grandeur one more time before leaving. 

I've provided a caption below each photo to describe it in detail. Hopefully, this encourages anyone who has never been here to just go and explore. There is too much to do and see; you'll never be able to do it all in one or even two weeks! 

A quick photo stop by the Merced River entering Yosemite Valley. The river was still cold and gushing during June when the temperatures were in the 90's. There are several viewpoints along the way leading away from the park's entrance. Note: there are five main highways that lead into the valley. 

A quick photo stop by the Merced River entering Yosemite Valley. The river was still cold and gushing during June when the temperatures were in the 90's. There are several viewpoints along the way leading away from the park's entrance. Note: there are five main highways that lead into the valley. 

Bridalveil Falls shown in all its glory. One of the things Yosemite is well-known for is having a large concentration of waterfalls easily accessible in one area. Visitors are discouraged from climbing the rocks, but people, like myself, like to soak themselves in the hot summer months and also get close-up photographs. Admittedly, the experience is much different when you get to do some rock climbing and see the waterfall up close and personal. 

Bridalveil Falls shown in all its glory. One of the things Yosemite is well-known for is having a large concentration of waterfalls easily accessible in one area. Visitors are discouraged from climbing the rocks, but people, like myself, like to soak themselves in the hot summer months and also get close-up photographs. Admittedly, the experience is much different when you get to do some rock climbing and see the waterfall up close and personal. 

A view of the lower valley captured from our moving car. The Yosemite Valley Loop is a quick way to see the park's famous natural icons and get amazing photographs. There is also a walking and biking path that goes alongside the road, so people can park their cars, if they can find a spot, and quickly walk to their point of interest. 

A view of the lower valley captured from our moving car. The Yosemite Valley Loop is a quick way to see the park's famous natural icons and get amazing photographs. There is also a walking and biking path that goes alongside the road, so people can park their cars, if they can find a spot, and quickly walk to their point of interest. 

A photo approaching Yosemite Falls. I climbed to the top of this one with my brother-in-law on my first visit. The falls weren't as abundant, of course, but are definitely stronger in the colder seasons. There was no rock climbing for me this go-around, just a few quick snapshots from afar. 

A photo approaching Yosemite Falls. I climbed to the top of this one with my brother-in-law on my first visit. The falls weren't as abundant, of course, but are definitely stronger in the colder seasons. There was no rock climbing for me this go-around, just a few quick snapshots from afar. 

The husband and I "debating" over where and what we'll do next. He doesn't like "mountains" or walking. He doesn't like walking. Lol. 

The husband and I "debating" over where and what we'll do next. He doesn't like "mountains" or walking. He doesn't like walking. Lol. 

A candid photo of Husband grabbing some coffee. There are several markets and food establishments on the lower valley floor, and that's it. There are other stores miles and miles away in other areas of the park. They don't stay open all night, so stocking up or bringing food with you is a must. Throw your food away or keep it in bear-proof canisters to minimize the possibility of a bear encounter. There were several bear sightings during our visit, judging from all the bear traps that were visible in campsites and in heavily trafficked areas. 

A candid photo of Husband grabbing some coffee. There are several markets and food establishments on the lower valley floor, and that's it. There are other stores miles and miles away in other areas of the park. They don't stay open all night, so stocking up or bringing food with you is a must. Throw your food away or keep it in bear-proof canisters to minimize the possibility of a bear encounter. There were several bear sightings during our visit, judging from all the bear traps that were visible in campsites and in heavily trafficked areas. 

This is one of the many paths that lead to Yosemite Falls. Due to it's height and vast size, it can easily be seen and photographed from many various angles. 

This is one of the many paths that lead to Yosemite Falls. Due to it's height and vast size, it can easily be seen and photographed from many various angles. 

The history timeline showed us how long some of the trees have lived: long before we were ever born. We educated ourselves by the museum and took some fun photos. It was already past 6pm, so everything was already closed. 

The history timeline showed us how long some of the trees have lived: long before we were ever born. We educated ourselves by the museum and took some fun photos. It was already past 6pm, so everything was already closed. 

This was no place for sad face. Happy face was in full effect! But for reals, though, I like taking photos when he isn't looking! Too funny! 

This was no place for sad face. Happy face was in full effect! But for reals, though, I like taking photos when he isn't looking! Too funny! 

Driving away and out of Yosemite Valley for the evening. This is the Merced River flowing downstream. In fact it seems to flow forever in and out of the park. Rafting tours are available here,  but we arrived too late in the day to partake.  

Driving away and out of Yosemite Valley for the evening. This is the Merced River flowing downstream. In fact it seems to flow forever in and out of the park. Rafting tours are available here,  but we arrived too late in the day to partake.  

This was everything we were able to see and do in only a few hours during the evening. I still have more pictures from day two to share. Coming soon to a blog post near you! 

If you've been to Yosemite and love it like I do, we are Yosemite-mates. -Now I need to go back. Always. 

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