RAMPAGE IN YOSEMITE #1 [VERNAL FALL]
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[Vernal Fall from Glacier Point Road, Yosemite National Park, June 10, 2011]
We took a family vacation to Yosemite National Park (California) in late August, three years ago. We were disappointed that almost all of Yosemiteâ€™s waterfalls were â€œbone dry.â€ The snowfall the previous winter had been light and, by late summer, there was little runoff anywhere.
Two weeks ago, I saw a story on a national news broadcast about Yosemiteâ€™s historic snowfall last winter. The snowpack on Yosemiteâ€™s Tioga Pass Road was still 178 inches at the higher elevations.
The historic snowfall â€“ the heaviest in 75 years â€“ was now melting. The effect was described as a â€œrampageâ€ of water cascading over Yosemiteâ€™s waterfalls.
That was all of the â€œconvincingâ€ I needed. I packed my duffel bag.
I entered the park from the south and turned onto Glacier Point Road, which, at almost 9,000 feet, had only recently opened. The adjacent forest was still under deep snow.
Sixteen miles later, I arrived at Glacier Point, where Ansel Adams spent the better part of a half-century shooting Half Dome (inset).
Vernal Fall came into view. Three years ago, Vernal Fall was dry. Not now. I could hear the roar of the water. It was a great moment.
I would work my way down into the Valley for a closer look.
As always, thanks for stopping by.
(I am on the road for two weeks and will not always have Internet. I will catch up with your pix eventually!)
Also by Richard Knight
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