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Yosemite - Day 5

Yosemite National Park
I'm not going to lie, I got so lucky to get this shot.  I arrived at 2am after a super long night, picked a random spot to shoot since I'd never been in the park before and started shooting at all angles around.  I didn't even realize I was shooting at this beautiful waterfall until the sun rose the next morning.

The rest of the night was another horrible stretch of my journey.  I hadn't driven very far outside of the city when a car entering the highway flicked up some kind of road debris at my car and drilled the windshield of the car I had just exchanged for.  I pulled off, filed a report and looked at the damage of a broken windshield and found it had also left a tiny dent on the hood of my car.  I eventually took it in to get an estimate and they estimated it at a ridiculously high amount, I won't put it on here, but it was way too much for me to pay, and once again Dollar took care of me.  I mean how in the world would that have been my fault in the first place I don't know, but the insurance guy I talked to had the gall to say it was my fault for being on the road and that it was a risk that I had taken.  I wanted to ask if that was the same kind of thinking that says women are at fault for rape because they take the risk by walking outside.  I mean yes, I take a risk that I might get rained on by walking outside, but physical damage is a different matter entirely.

As I'm sure you're wondering where Yosemite is in all of this, we'll move on.  I eventually made it to Yosemite super late at night again.  And I'll tell you, while I'm quite the outdoorsman, I am terrified of being outside in places that I've never seen during the day.  So there I was in Yosemite, trying to take pictures of the stars, and jumping at just about every noise I heard.  The next morning I had the pleasant surprise of seeing that the noises were actually a few bucks that wander the valley, but at the time, I was a little jumpy.

Yosemite National Park
There it was the beautiful waterfall in the morning glory for my 4th sunrise.  I had planned to wake up take pics and go back to sleep, but I decided to stay up and see the park before it got busy.

The next morning I woke up to a brilliant sunrise over the waterfall in the valley, and worked my way through the different points like the Tunnel View and Glacier Point.

Yosemite National Park
Late at night while I was sleeping I had woken up for a little bit and noticed one of these little guys wandering around outside, but it got scared off by a car, and I thought I wouldn't see them again.  Turns out there are a couple groups that were wandering this beautiful valley the next morning.

Yosemite National Park
This big buck wasn't near as trusting as the other ones and took a lot of hiking to finally get an alright shot of him.

Yosemite National Park
And who doesn't want a beautiful shot of a huge waterfall, sheer rock faces, and a rolling stream.

Yosemite National Park, Tunnel View
And got to have one of me, no matter how tired I look.

Yosemite National Park, Glacier Point
Hard to really capture this amazing view with this lighting, but notice the great waterfall on the right, the half dome in the middle and the sweeping Yosemite Valley on the left.

Yosemite National Park
Below is where I slept.  Kind of amazing.

Yosemite National Park
Here's a nice closeup of one of the waterfalls above that was on the right.

Yosemite National Park
Had to snag a cute one of this cute family.

Yosemite National Park
And of course the beautiful Lupines high in the mountain ranges.

Yosemite was a surprisingly beautiful place, I had heard lots about it but never been, and I think it ranks among my favorite national parks.  Not only did it have the beautiful sites and views of other favorites like Glacier, but it also had the tranquility of the valley, hikers and photographers lazying around in the early morning as the sun climbed over the towering mountains.  To read more about the top things to do in Yosemite, click here.  Otherwise continue on to the next stage of my journey at the Grand Canyon.

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