Yosemite 101

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.

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About Tricia Pimental

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Tricia Pimental's second memoir, A Movable Marriage, has received 5 Star reviews from both Epic Book Quest and Readers' Favorite. It's available on Amazon in both Kindle (amzn.to/1RtRBwp) and print (amzn.to/1OiGlUU) versions. She is also the author of two Royal Palm Literary Award Competition-honored books: Rabbit Trail: How a Former Playboy Bunny Found Her Way, and Slippery Slopes. Other work has appeared in International Living Magazine; A Janela, the quarterly magazine of International Women in Portugal; and anthologies compiled by the Florida Writers Association and the National League of American Pen Women. A member of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and a former Toastmaster, Ms. Pimental resides in Portugal. She can be reached at www.triciapimental.com and on Twitter @Tricialafille.
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