As I entered Yosemite Valley I wanted to slap myself in frustration. How had I been so ignorant about this park? Why had I blown off the popularity? Why did I arrogantly think that I knew better than everyone else? I had driven trough here multiple times, using my National Park Pass to take advantage of the shortcut cutting through the northern part of the park. Every time I thought it was pretty but I didn’t understand the hype. Today though, I had come to the valley and finally, I got it.
The beginning of the drive was pretty much how I remembered the park, full of Ponderosa and Douglas Fir. The hills covered the horizon and the bare branches of oak reached out overhead like fingers of a bony hand of the elderly. About 30 minutes after entering the park, the landscape opens up to reveal ginormous mountains of granite which can only be described as awesome. Awesome is a word that we take for granted today, forgetting that it means “filled with awe”. Today, when I use it, I mean it. These cliffs were awesome. Continue reading “Tesla Model 3 Maiden Voyage – Yosemite Valley Pt 1 – Yosemite National Park CA”