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  posted on 4/11/2009 at 03:02 AM
Who here has been here?..Next to Zion National Park, this is one of my favorite spots in the Southwest.

Here are a couple of pics I've taken in the park over the years..



The Valley floor



The High Country...I think this is May Lake

[Edited on 6/15/2014 by BIGV]

 

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  posted on 4/11/2009 at 03:31 AM
My wife and I were there for the first time about 4 years ago. We are really overdue to go back.

I can honestly say that it is one of the most beautiful places that I have ever seen with my own eyes.

The magnificence of the place truly takes your breath away.

 

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  posted on 4/11/2009 at 08:20 AM
Your pictures are great. Zion National Park is also one of my favorites for landscape photography.

 

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  posted on 4/11/2009 at 09:45 AM
I am into photography and hoping to get to Yosemite very soon. Nice shots!!
 

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  posted on 4/11/2009 at 09:48 AM
I've been!!! One of my favorite places in this country (and Zion is on my top ten list, also, BigV )!!! One of the hikes I took there was an off the beaten path type of thing with some friends from Fresno who visit the place more frequently and my cousin who lives in Berkley and has worked for Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, National Geographic and is a true nature boy. All these people we loved joined us ... to camp, hike, and to enjoy each others company. One day we hiked all morning and into the early afternoon and came out on this huge rock outcropping where we could lay and dangle our heads or feet over and see the entire valley. We were on top of the world and I think we were all touched by something that day as we sat in silence, eating our oranges, listening to the sounds of nature and being treated to a visual that defied words. It was amazing - we didn't see one other person the entire day (and if you've been you know it can sometimes get crowded in the more known public areas so this was a real treat). I've got some amazing pictures but all on film - nothing that is easily uploaded. Need to pull those out and have a disc made (I've got some beautiful views of May Lake in with those pics). John Muir is one of my heroes and I took along one of his books to keep me company in the down time on this trip ...

"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks."

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. "

"The power of imagination makes us infinite."

"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe. "

Cool pics, BigV - you brought precious memories back to the forefront for me.



[Edited on 4/11/2009 by lolasdeb]

 

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  posted on 4/11/2009 at 12:51 PM
Been to Yosemite many times while living in California.
I would always make sure that every visitor we had got to see Yosemite and Lake Tahoe.

It is one place every American should see!
Every view is a breath-taking one!

Coasting down out of Tioga Pass is a great sensation. Doing that with Al Di Meola's "Race With The Devil" & "Chasing The VooDoo" blasting from the stereo is a memory I'll never forget!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deZ40-q5M_I

 

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  posted on 4/11/2009 at 01:30 PM
Been many times, hiked the high and back countries, stayed in the valley and camped up in Toulumne Meadows, climbed the Mist Trail past many falls. Once when I had my uncle's family from Montgomery, Alabama out visiting us and they only had one day left before flying home, I drove close to 500 miles round-trip that last day just so they could see the valley. I approach the valley from the West and, as many times as I've seen it, the view you get when the valley first comes into view still makes me speechless and reverent. It's more than just beautiful, it's one of the natural wonders of the entire Earth.

 

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  posted on 4/11/2009 at 01:33 PM
Agree with comments above - Yosemite is absolutely amazing. Everyone should go at least once.
nice pics, thanks

Zion and Brice are on my to-do list

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  posted on 4/11/2009 at 02:54 PM
I have never been to any of those great parks out west including the Grand Canyon. It is a goal of mine to one day visit some of these beautiful places, hopefully while I'm still young enough to enjoy them.

 

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  posted on 4/11/2009 at 03:11 PM


The Three sisters from the Valley floor

 

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  posted on 4/11/2009 at 04:31 PM


Half Dome taken from the summit of North Dome

This an awesome Hike, and the views are spectacular!

 

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  posted on 4/12/2009 at 06:21 PM
Camping in the lower river camp ground about ten years ago, we were awakened by what we thought was a shotgun blast. I mean it was a BOOM!.. turned out it was a Black Bear that had gotten his claws in between the car door and the roof of the auto. Throwing all of his weight into it, he pulled down on the door and whamo!.. The glass in the door EXPLODED! The bear proceeded to crawl into the car and rifle around having seen a bright red playmate cooler. As we made our way to the scene, the Ranger on duty was writing the owners of the car a citation for not putting ANY of their food in a Bear box. The funny thing was, this was the second night in a row the Bear had done this to that car. The car door on the other side was broken from the night before. As the Ranger was writing the ticket, we overheard the car owner say...."We didn't think the bear would come back, so we left all of our food in the back seat".

Geniuses.

 

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  posted on 4/12/2009 at 06:54 PM
Been twice, in '95 and again in '05, w/ my HS friends on backpacking trips for a week each time. All my pics are on film sadly. A most photogenic place. The first trip we started out at Yosemite Falls, climbing 3000 ft over about 2 miles w/ a week's worth of food and gear. Hardest hike ever! There was a ton of snow that year and even by late June Tioga Rd was still not open. We hiked up there and the road had been cleared, but there was a 10 ft wall of snow on either side of the road. Lost the trail in the high country at one point in the snow.

2d trip, about day 6, we had finished about 3 pm, were wiped as usual and just threw our packs down and did not secure the food yet (we had bearboxes, but some did not fit). So we decided to take some fungi. Yosemite w/ friends of over 30 yrs is the optimum situation therefor! As the effects hit, we hear one of our guys go "bear!" The giant rat had gotten in a couple packs and had had a taste of my whiskey and another's bug spray (go figure). We all scrambled in our impaired (but very alert) state and drove him off. But he returned several times, each time from a different direction, and we drove him away with rocks (good sport that was!). Then night fell and we lost our advantage. Mr Bear returned in the middle of the night and was able to raid our hung food. We had to get up to drive him off. It was not a restful night!

An incredible place. We have also done week's hikes in Yellowstone, Glacier and the Olympics in WA. Yosemite is still my favorite.

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  posted on 4/12/2009 at 07:12 PM
Looks like a beautiful place. Thanks for the pictures and stories. My
hiking/backpacking/camping/off-trail bushwacking adventures have
been limited to the Northeast (Adirondacks/White Mountains/Maine/
Vermont) for the most part. I hope to visit that neck of the woods
someday.

 

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  posted on 4/12/2009 at 07:23 PM
Been a few times. Nice pics! Ditto nitelite51.

 

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  posted on 6/15/2014 at 10:35 AM
Found these incredible videos today:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0g9K_C2C2c

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6-2fVsFV8E

 
 


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