The Yosemite Experience

I’ve already mentioned in my previous post how much I dreamt about going to Yosemite one day. While I cannot express in words the overwhelming sense of joy I felt during this trip, I can at least share some of the photos (I want to upload everything but there’s just way too many to contain in one post) I took from an experience that’s one for the books. I hope you like them as much as I do.

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I was all hyped about this time because I can already feel the Yosemite air. I wanted to stop at every spot and take pictures but it was too early for that. We didn’t want to be late for the hike and fight the crowd for beautiful and photobomber-free shots.

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I didn’t ride this but I’m posting it just because I’m always a fan of fancy rides.

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Public restrooms at the parking area just in case mother nature is calling, literally!

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Our first stop was hands down the prettiest thing I’ve ever seen — the Glacier Point.

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I practically wanted to cry when I first caught a glance of it. It sounds cliche but I mean it when I say, it’s so beautiful it hurts!

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen something as stunning, which is why I had to post a photo where I look like total crap. This is the most decent I got with this view in the background.

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Pardon my awkward mouth for I didn’t realize I was still munching on a chewing gum while doing my photo shoot. Lol!

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It doesn’t look real, does it? It feels like there’s only a wallpaper behind me or something.

Nowhere to go but everywhere šŸƒ

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Travel buddies for life!

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Here’s another view after a short hike:

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Is this even real life????

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Next stop..

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Of course, the journey wouldn’t be complete without the stops along the way. We got this view all to ourselves so we took advantage.

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This kind of view calms my soul, like the whole world is green and full of life. I kind of wish I could stay here, stop time and wash all the worries of tomorrow.

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Outtake from the previous photo, and also a rare shot of me showing my tummy! Definitely not posting it anywhere where people can zoom in on it. Lol.

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We had a quick stop at the Valley Lodge to get some food because apparently, the trail mix wasn’t doing its thing anymore.

Next on our itinerary was the Bridalveil Fall. It took us around 20 minutes to get a closer look at it.

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I was already exhausted but my friend asked me to pose so…

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Falls on falls on falls!

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This park gives me the bike paradise feels!

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Uhmm, not on summer.

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It looks so much better up close! No photos with me in it to share because 1) The sun was too bright it makes my photographers go blind. My photos either didn’t include the entire falls or they had the falls but my head was cut. 2) The Bridalveil fall was still pretty far from the closest point I could stand at and to include the whole frame, you’ll have to use the portrait mode instead of landscape, which doesn’t look so appealing (at least for me); and 3) I didn’t look camera ready because I was too tired from the trek plus all the other tourists have taken all the nice spots!

And after that, we climbed some more to see another falls, the Yosemite Falls!

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Always grateful for this company! From being my workmates, they became not only my travel companions but my go-to people.

Aaand another 5 minutes of picture taking before we move on to the next trail.

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The Mirror Lake and everything that surrounds it was also breathtakingly lovely!

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The park was a lot larger than I thought and obviously, we weren’t able to explore all the enticing sights of the place. Not soon, but I would definitely be going back and hopefully by then, I’d be ready for the Half Dome hike.

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