My grandparents would take my sister and I on summer roadtrips throughout California when we were growing up in the 1950′s. Sequoia and Yosemite were always favorite destinations or stopovers coming back from other vacation spots. My greatest memories are of camping in Curry Village, bears breaking into careless campers’ station wagons and the nightly spectacular firefall. What a glorious sight for a couple of kids! I know it was environmentally insensitive, but I’m forever grateful I got to experience them! Yosemite has changed greatly throughout the years; more crowds, changing landscapes, but nothing is more beautiful than the valley in the winter. The Ahwahnee cloaked in snow, fewer visitors and an abundance of wildlife foraging in the meadows. You can see how John Muir was mesmerized by the beauty of Yosemite Valley and we are so fortunate to have something of such great value so close to escape to.
Newport Beach, CA