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  • Genre:TRAVEL
  • SubGenre:United States / West / Pacific
  • Language:English
  • Pages:40
  • eBook ISBN:9781617925290

Yosemite National Park Tour Guide eBook

Your personal tour guide for Yosemite travel adventure in eBook format!

by Waypoint Tours

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Discover the incredible highlights, history, geology & nature of Yosemite National Park with this entertaining, educational, point-by-point Waypoint Tour complete with travel expert stories & detailed tour maps. Your personal tour guide for Yosemite travel adventure in eBook format! www.waypointtours.com
Discover the incredible highlights, history, geology & nature of Yosemite National Park with this entertaining, educational, point-by-point Waypoint Tour complete with travel expert stories & detailed tour maps. Your personal tour guide for Yosemite travel adventure in eBook format! www.waypointtours.com Waypoints Include: 1) Yosemite 2) Bridalveil Fall W1 3) El Capitan & Bridalveil View V14 4) Sentinel Rock & Four-Mile Trail V18 5) Sentinel Bridge & Cooks Meadow 6) Curry Village V22 7) Happy Isles & Waterfalls V24 8) Stoneman Meadow & Royal Arches V23 9) Yosemite Village V1 10) Ahwahnee Lodge 11) Yosemite Falls V3 12) Tunnel View W2 13) Chinquapin W5 14) Glacier Point & Half Dome G11 15) Wawona W10 16) Mariposa Grove S1 17) Tuolumne Grove O1 18) Olmsted Point & Tenaya Lake T24 19) Tuolumne Meadows T29 20) Tioga Pass & Lakes T39 21) San Francisco 22) San Francisco Wharf & Maritime Park W1, V14, etc. Correspond to Park Roadside Markers
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Yosemite Welcome to Yosemite’s 1,170 square miles of light, height and depth. The highest peak in Yosemite National Park is Mount Lyell, 13,114 feet above sea level. Yosemite Valley is nearly a mile deep, with a 3,000-foot vertical drop at El Capitan. Of the 13 waterfalls in Yosemite Valley, two are among the world’s top 10 tallest, Yosemite Falls at 2,425 feet and Sentinel Falls at 2,000 feet. We hope this Yosemite tour will deepen your understanding of the forces of nature which created John Muir’s “Range of Light,” heighten your awareness of Yosemite’s ecosystems, and intrigue you with its history. Join us as we embark on the adventure of exploring Yosemite, past and present. Yosemite became a National Park in 1890, 200 million years after the granite rocks formed within the earth; 20,000 years after glaciers eroded the gritty granite; 4,000 years after Ahwahneechee Indians were caretakers of the meadows; 2,000 years after Grizzly Giant, one of the largest and oldest sequoias was a seedling; and 41 years after gold was discovered in California. The rugged geography of Yosemite Valley kept it secret and isolated for many years. Only in 1851, when early miners and settlers felt their livelihood threatened by Indians, and vice versa, did white man intrude upon the valley. To some, Yosemite is a place to check off their list - sights to be seen or mountaineering routes to scale; for others, Yosemite is a destination of solitude, peace, and escape. With the large number of people visiting the valley each year, how do you avoid the crowds at peak times and find the true beauty of Yosemite? Change. Change your timing and your focus. You can stay on the beaten paths, but travel them early or late in the day, or find the trails less traveled. While others are looking up, cameras clicking to capture the familiar falls and formations, change your focus to find what they are missing - the fragile ferns at your feet, the black and white crystals peppering the rocks, or the ripple in the stream. John Muir instructed: "Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves." Tioga Pass & Lakes T39 At 9,941 feet, Tioga Pass is the highest automobile pass in California. The road was originally built to service the Benettville Silver Mine. Unfortunately, the Sheepherder Lode, the rich silver vein they were mining for, was never found. Today, however, the road leads many tourists to find treasures of a different kind, such as the beautiful sparkling lakes and the wildlife that abounds around them. From Mono Lake, a remnant of the inland sea which captured the runoff of the ancient glaciers, to Tioga, Ellery, Tenaya, Siesta, and countless other tarn and kettle lakes between, the blue sparkling waters ripple with mountain breezes and wash away one’s cares. John Muir counted “… a grand total of 111 lakes whose waters come to sing at Yosemite. So glorious is the background of the great valley, so harmonious its relations to its widespreading fountains.” Tarn lakes form in the rock bowls called cirques carved at the head of a glacier. Kettle lakes form where large chunks of ice cleaved off the ice flow and then melted, leaving large holes in the glacial sediment which fill with water. The several small lakes near the Tioga Pass entrance are good examples of kettle lakes. When the glacial lakes are strung in a line down a glaciated valley, they are also known as Pater Noster lakes for their resemblance to the beads of a rosary. Glacial moraines often act as dams, trapping a lake behind them, such as shown by Siesta Lake. As the lake fills with sediment, flat-bottomed valleys are formed, sometimes leaving a small lake, like Mirror Lake in Yosemite Valley, as a reminder of its grand glacial predecessor. Abundant wildlife thrives around and within the lakes. The brine shrimp and alkali flies of salty Mono Lake attract large numbers of migratory birds and year-round waterfowl which perch upon the tufa towers. The tufa towers formed when calcium deposits from underwater springs were exposed as the salty inland lake, a sister to the Great Salt Lake of Utah, evaporated. Its high salt content is the result of no outlet so all the minerals which flow into it become highly concentrated and saturate the water. The fresh waters of the upland glacial lakes attract birds, mammals, and man. The lakes, once cloudy with glacial flour, now are frequently crystal clear, showing the multihued stones on the lake bottoms and mirroring the landscape. From May to September almost no rain falls in the high country, except for an occasional thunder-storm, so man and animals are dependent upon the water in the lakes, rivers and streams which comes from the winter snow melt. Early morning and evening are good times for photography because the low angle of the sun increases the reflections and wildlife often come to drink. According to Muir, “And after ten years of wandering and wondering in the heart of it, rejoicing in its glorious floods of light, the white beams of the morning streaming through the passes, the noonday radiance on the crystal rocks, the flush of the alpenglow and the irised spray of countless waterfalls, it seems above all others the Range of Light.” May you take with you memories of Yosemite’s beauty, the cascading falls, magnificent meadows, rippling rivers and lakes, dancing blooms, verdant wildlife and proud promontories and may they last a lifetime and be shared with generations to come.