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Journeys Through America is a nonprofit organization providing educational material for all school-aged children across the country. The program will form partnerships with local school districts to provide children with a new, interactive, educational experience integrating the history of America and its National Parks. Journeys Through America's goal is to foster a fun and adventurous learning environment that will promote altruistic growth within our children and our greater community.

Yosemite National Park

By Sep 6th 2010 No Comments »

Yosemite National Park located in Central California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range, encompasses an incredible 1,170- square miles of breathtaking splendor.  The park is one of the first wilderness parks in the Unites States. Home to grand waterfalls, deep valleys, meadows, half dome, some of the best rock climbing in the world and so much more! It’s been said Yosemite can awaken your spirit, it definitely has awaken mine!

For our visit to Yosemite, we were fortunate enough to share the experience with one of my college friends, currently residing in San Francisco. We got a quick tour and history lesson of the beautiful San Francisco area. Then, after a four hour drive from the heart of the city, the three of us were in Mother Natures’ arms at While Wolf Campground- A nice campground that has spacious campsites and the added luxury of a small restaurant/cafe in the campground.

Once we settled in to the perfect site we walked from our campsite to the trail head of Lukens Lake, a moderate 4.6 mile round trip hike that brings you to a beautiful desolate lake. Our friend quickly left the hustle and bustle of city life behind him and fully embraced the peace and serenity that now surrounded him-crystal clear water, blue skies all enclosed by green lush forests.   It was refreshing to see someone else’s raw interpretation on entering such a peaceful place, to see the respect and genuine enjoyment of their surroundings.  After a refreshing dip in the lake we headed back to our site to enjoy the evening. The stars glistened and shined bright that night.

In the morning the three of us made our way to the Mist Trail in Yosemite Valley to hike up to Vernal Fall a 317 foot waterfall on the Merced River. This is one of the shortest and most popular trails in Yosemite (1.3miles) but gets extremely steep! The trail is completely paved until the last 15 minutes which is a very steep climb up rocks- Think hardcore workout on the StairMaster! However, after making it past the 15 minutes of butt burning pain you reach Emerald Pool- a beautiful pool of water where many hikers lounge and rest.  It is a great spot to plan a picnic at and plan to swim! We stayed here for about 45 minutes and enjoyed the refreshing water on what was a very hot day.

After the hike we decided to relax at waters’ edge on the beach at Housekeeping Campground. This campground looked like the PERFECT spot to stay at if coming to Yosemite with a big group of friends or family. The campground is situated right on the Merced River, has excellent views of Yosemite Falls and half Dome and has a beach!  It is perfect for the not so comfortable camper. It has 266 cabins that resemble a military base- it sounds not so glamorous, but looked like a really fun set up.

After some much needed and well deserved R+ R time at the beach, we headed back to camp for some more star gazing and storytelling- two favorite camping past times of mine.

The trip to Yosemite was wonderful. Yosemite definitely doesn’t disappoint in providing beautiful views and challenging hikes. It’s a place I know I will be back to conquer Half Dome and do some rock climbing. But along with all this, Yosemite also provided new memories with a good friend and the place where new friendships were formed. I love how the outdoors can bring friends and strangers together.  So thank you Charlie for adding to the great memories made at Yosemite National Park.

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