There was no sound other than a soft breeze blowing, but it was a feast for the eyes. We’d driven up the winding road from Tuolumne Meadows to Tenaya Lake in Yosemite National Park, and with its surface at an elevation of 8,150 feet, it was heady stuff.
We moved on to Olmsted Point (named after landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, co-designer of Central Park in New York City) off of Tioga Road. Looking east, it gives a view of Tenaya Lake which we had just visited.
What’s a park without trees? Maricopa Grove is filled with sequoias. A short hike in the grove was rewarding, and we stopped to take a photo at one of the more impressive residents, named “Giant Grizzly”.
At sunset it was time to head to Glacier Point to view Half Dome. Originally called “Tis-sa-ack” meaning Cleft Rock in the language of the local Native Americans, at 4,737 feet above the valley floor and rising 8,842 feet, it is the most iconic representation of the Park. Its image, along with that of John Muir and the California condor, appears on the California State quarter released in January 2005. It’s included in the logo of the Sierra Club, is on the newly revised California driver’s license, and is the inspiration behind The North Face logo.
It was an inspiration to me, too.