Yosemite National Park, CA
Yosemite is so beautiful that it is even more heartbreaking to see the ravages of the ongoing California drought. As we were driving into the Valley, there were groves and groves of burned out forests. The areas that were missed by fires had many dead trees mixed in with the few hearty drought survivors. It’s very hot and dry and more than any other place we have visited so far, the lack of rain has really taken a toll. The urban areas are irrigated which I think tends to insulate us from how bad the problem really is. We haven’t seen much wildlife, the sole mule deer I snapped a pic of just as we were leaving and some squirrels were all we spotted after a whole day in the Valley. We are staying at a campground about 40 miles away, so we have to drive into Yosemite Valley.
While visiting, we really enjoyed a short film about John Muir and how a 3 day camping trip he spent with President Roosevelt resulted in Yosemite being designated as the first national park in history. It’s amazing the foresight they had to save such a beautiful resource and how this started the national park system that other countries later followed. So thankful for people like John Muir, President Roosevelt and so many others that truly care about our wonderful country. I hope that we can follow in their footsteps and save these national treasures for generations to come. It’s truly awe inspiring!