Yosemite National Park | Spring 2018

When people ask me which National Park they should visit if they only visit one National Park (a poorly constructed premise on their part), I'm tempted to say something other than Yosemite, but I'm sure that would be wrong. There is no other place on earth (that I have seen) equal to the Valley. My words are insufficient, listen instead to the great evangelist of Yosemite, John Muir: "It is by far the grandest of all of the special temples of Nature I was ever permitted to enter. It must be the sanctum sanctorum of the Sierras…I must return to the mountains—to Yosemite. I am told that the winter storms there will not be easily borne, but I am bewitched, enchanted, and tomorrow I must start for the great temple to listen to the winter songs and sermons preached and sung only there."

Stop two for Hannah, Luke, Sarah, and me on our Spring Break road trip, Yosemite held up in the Winter as much as it had in the Fall on my previous visit. While some of my original plans were affected by Winter closures, we had the added benefit of a snowy landscape along the John Muir trail, and an unforgettable hike through feet of snow on our way to the Tuolumne Grove of Sequoias. Also, the tallest waterfall in North America, Yosemite Falls, was in full force, something I missed during my last visit. You can never go wrong with a visit to Yosemite, in any season.

At the top of the post is another recap video. I hope you enjoy it and are inspired to make a trip out here to see it for yourself! You can follow these links to see more from Death Valley and Joshua Tree, as well as a summary of the whole trip.

Yosemite National Park became the 3rd National Park on October 1, 1890, and is located in California's “Range of Light”, the Sierra Nevadas.

All pictures by Karl Magnuson
Canon 6D Mark II
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L, Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L