Happy EarthDay 2016! Pictures of Yosemite

Happy EarthDay 2016!

It’s EarthDay Again! Love your Mother Earth!

Here are some pics of Yosemite National Park in California:


Yosemite Valley – Yosemite National Park, California


Yosemite National Park



Yosemite Valley in Black & White 1994



Yosemite Falls and Sentinel Beach in Yosemite Valley



First Snow of the Season in Yosemite Valley



Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park

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Morning Mist on Tenaya Lake in Yosemite National Park




Travel Tuesday! Where do you want to go?

It’s Travel Tuesday!

Time to make your travel plans for the Winter Holidays & New Years if you haven’t already!

Where do you want to go?

Will you be “Home for Thanksgiving”? Where is “Home”?

Are you planning on traveling for the Thanksgiving or Christmas Holidays?

Where will you go in 2016?

What destination is on top of your “bucket list”?

Where have you been that was so incredible that you want to return?

Think about it! Leave your comments below!


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Throwback Thursday! Yosemite Mariposa Grove Fallen Monarch

Throwback Thursday!

Yosemite National Park – Mariposa Grove

Fallen Monarch

Yosemite Mariposa Grove Fallen Monarch 1978

Yosemite Mariposa Grove Fallen Monarch 1978

Yosemite Mariposa Grove Fallen Monarch

Yosemite Mariposa Grove Fallen Monarch

  • The Fallen Monarch: A tree that fell more than 300 years ago. Giant sequoias are resistant to decay, so their remains can linger for a long period of time if undisturbed.

The Mariposa Grove is a sequoia grove located near Wawona, California, in the southernmost part of Yosemite National Park. It is the largest grove of Giant Sequoias in the park, with several hundred mature examples of the tree. Two of its trees are among the 30 largest Giant Sequoias in the world. The area was first visited by non-natives in 1857 when Galen Clark and Milton Mann found it. They named the grove after Mariposa County where the grove is located.

NOTE: Mariposa Grove is CLOSED FOR RESTORATION until spring 2017!


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Giant Sequoia Redwood Tree - Mariposa Grove, Yosemite, CA (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Giant Sequoia Redwood Mariposa Grove, Yosemite CA (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)


Travel Answers about Yosemite: Best Camping Sites in Yosemite Valley?

Yosemite National Park: Best camping sites in the Yosemite Valley area?

Sunrise on Yosemite Valley (copyright 2011 JoshWillTravel)

Sunrise on Yosemite Valley, California (copyright 2011 JoshWillTravel)

Q: Hi, I am looking for a camping site around the valley area. We are going to visit in mid June for 2 nights and are looking for a good spot to camp. Thanks!

A: Do you have a reservation? Most of the campsites in Upper, Lower, and North Pines Campground for summer are “sold out” before May! If you don’t have reservations, you can try to get a campsite in the valley on the day you are there, or there’s “Backpacker’s Camp” (Camp 4) which is “first-come/first-served”.

From the National Park Service website:

“Yosemite National Park has 13 campgrounds, of which up to seven are on a reservation system. From April through September, reservations are essential and even the first-come first-served campgrounds often fill by noon from May through September.

Campground Reservations

Reservations are required from about March 15 through November for Yosemite Valley’s car campgrounds and summer through fall for Hodgdon Meadow, Crane Flat, Wawona, and half of Tuolumne Meadows. Campground reservations are available in blocks of one month at a time, up to five months in advance, on the 15th of each month at 7 am Pacific time. Be aware that nearly all reservations for the months of May through September and for some other weekends are filled the first day they become available, usually within seconds or minutes after 7 am!”

Here is the link to the nps.gov site:


If you can’t get camping in the valley, there are campgrounds in the park on the rim (about an hour from the valley) and just outside the park as well.

Yosemite Valley (copyright 2011 JoshWillTravel)

Yosemite Valley, California (copyright 2011 JoshWillTravel)


And a Follow Up Question:

Q: Hey Josh! Thanks so much for the super insightful answer. I found out that as you said, most campsites are fully booked. I found availability in the following: 1. Camp Wawona, 2. Silver Lake Campground, 3. Soquel Campground, 4. Crane Flat Campground. Do you know any of these ? Any thoughts? Thanks, Yaniv G. 

A: Check and see if Housekeeping Camp in Yosemite Valley is still available!

Camp Wawona is on the rim near the Wawona Hotel, Yosemite’s Badger Pass, Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and Glacier Point. Wawona is also close to Oakhurst which is a real town with markets, laundromats, restaurants, etc.

Giant Sequoia Redwood Tree - Mariposa Grove, Yosemite, CA (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Giant Sequoia Redwood Tree – Yosemite, CA (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Soquel Campground and Crane Flat Campground are farther away.

See my other Yosemite post for Hotels in the Valley.

 Half Dome - Yosemite Valley, California (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Half Dome and Yosemite Valley, California – Spring 1985 (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Half Dome from across the valley - Yosemite, California (copyright 2011 Joshua Weisel)

Half Dome and Yosemite Valley, California – Fall 2011 (copyright 2011 Joshua Weisel)