The Incredible Beauty Of Yosemite National Park! Day 89 On The Road

Yosemite National Park
06 Dec

We have been able to witness a lot of incredible sights on this trip, and taking in the beauty of Yosemite today is certainly near the top!

With crystal clear blue skies, and a blanket of snow still covering the ground, it was pure heaven.

Beauty Of Yosemite
The blue skies and the mountains of Yosemite were the perfect backdrop for a tour through the park.

Our trip into Yosemite was a little unexpected. With recent snowfalls, and an impending storm on the way, we weren’t sure we would be able to make it in.

But fortunately, we arrived at the park on a bright sunny day right between two storm systems. And in the process, rewarded with spectacular views.

beauty of Yosemite
What a landscape!

We thought we would share some of our favorite photos from the day below.

The Beauty Of Yosemite National Park

Beauty Of Yosemite
The drive into Yosemite National Park was stunning. The blue skies were cloudless, and let the sun through to light up the freshly fallen snow.

The drive in was almost surreal with the lifting mist and fog. It is one of the most scenic drives we have taken so far on our journey.

As we neared the park, the sheer size of the rocks towering over the narrow road were enough to make us feel extremely small in this big world.

The Yosemite Fires

There are still vivid reminders and scars from recent fires that have ravaged the park. All along the roads, homeowners and businesses still display signs thanking firefighters for their courageous efforts.

There are still plenty of reminders of the fires that have taken their toll on some of the land. The dark scars will certainly heal over time, but they are easy to spot on the drive.

There are so many streams and rivers fed by the snow melt from Yosemite. And the crystal blue waters flowing down the stream and over the rocks filled the air with the ultimate sounds of nature at its best.

With the recent snows and a bit of warmer temps, the streams were flowing quite well in Yosemite.

The Trees…

The trees towering above into the blue sky made for some great photos.

And then there are the trees!

Giant Sequoia, Mountain Hemlock, Lodgepole Pine, Douglas Fir and Black Oak all call Yosemite home. As do so many other species too numerous to mention.

A little video of the drive in to Yosemite:

And a few more photos…

One thing is for sure, we both feel so very fortunate that the weather broke enough to see the incredible beauty of Yosemite. You can catch up on all of the past days of the trip here on the Daily Blog at Live Simple Now.

Happy Traveling – Jim and Mary


  • Day 89 of 365
  • States : 12 / 50
  • National Parks / Monuments : 11
  • Stayed In : Visalia, California
  • Miles Driven : 296.7
  • Total Trip Miles To Date : 9303.9
  • Total Gallons Used : 694.32
  • Biking Miles : 0.0
  • Biking Miles To Date : 142.5
  • Hiking Miles : 1.9
  • Hiking Miles To Date : 191.4

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14 thoughts on “The Incredible Beauty Of Yosemite National Park! Day 89 On The Road

  1. Thank you for making myself and my husband recap our days in USA beautiful Yosemite. As Australian seniors seeing this sort of mountain formations and experiencing elevation we created wonderful memories . Life is too short to not enjoy such magnificent gifts from mother nature.

    1. We are so glad that you enjoyed our visit to Yosemite as well! You are absolutely right that life is too short not to enjoy what mother nature provides! We would love to visit Australia as well! Thanks for following our journey – Mary and Jim

  2. Jim and Mary,
    Thank you for sharing that beautiful video! I’m sure it must of taken your breath away because it did mine.
    I did have one question as to do you both do the writing on your updates or do you take turns? Either way I look forward to them.
    Safe travels,
    Anne Redman

    1. Hi Anne Yes, Yosemite was breath taking! We both write the updates and most often we take turns writing each day. However, depending on what we did or saw, one of us might prefer to write about that specific day, even if they wrote the update the day before. Hope that makes sense! Jim and Mary

  3. We visited Yosemite in mid-September, and were also in awe of the huge rock formations towering over us! Love these pictures with the snow cover. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Hi Jim and Mary – with the bustle of December I am just now catching up on your journey into California. Though my husband and I work in the Bay Area, we have a home that is 30 minutes from Yosemite “northern” gate (via Hwy 120 -then about 45 minutes to the Valley Floor). We get to the park in off-season, as its crazy busy during the tourist season. If we plan it right, we grab our chairs and beverage of choice, then head over to watch the sunset on Half Dome. You are spot-on with National Park passes – can’t be the deal! If you get back, do come to Yosemite during the summer but travel to the upper reaches of the park (that are closed for the winter)… its just spectacular. And the trip over the Sierras (Tioga Pass) to the eastern side is magical. There is a working cattle farm in Bridgeport, so one could enjoy Yosemite and then have fun on the eastern side at the ranch. Or just cross the Sierras, have a fabulous meal at the Whoa Nellie Deli (located at the gas station at the intersection of Hwy 120 and 395) and return, or head up/down Hwy 395. Continued safe travels and fun!

    1. Thanks Sally! We can’t wait to come back to Yosemite in the summer. There is so much to see and this trip is helping us determine where we want to come back and visit for longer periods of time.

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