I first visited Yosemite when I was born, in 1955. My mom and dad (John and Lula Warrick) took my brother David and I to Yosemite nearly every summer from that year on, until I was 18. My dad, who was Montana born and raised, always had a love for the mountains. I guess it rubbed off on me, and visiting Yosemite, hiking the trails, viewing the waterfalls, and experiencing the nightly firefall has pretty much carved my love for the wilderness into stone. Back then, the firefall was a nightly occurrence, and we were even able to drive to the top of the mountain to watch the actual firefall. Somewhere I have a photo of my mom balancing on a precarious rock, which is no longer allowed and is fenced off to visitors. We would see bears, and even fed a few, although I now understand the problems associated with allowing dangerous wildlife to become too accustomed to humans.
I recall feeding squirrels, photographing bears and various avian species, and marveling at Yosemite Falls.
My parents moved to Jamestown 25 years ago. I regret not moving with them. Instead, I relocated to Florida where I own a wildlife sanctuary, caring for rescued lions, tigers, leopards, wolves, and more. But one day soon, I wish to retire and move to Jamestown, which is very close to Yosemite. Sadly, I lost my 94 year old dad in 2012. Mom is in ill health, but she’s hanging in there. I’ve enclosed photos of both of them in their younger days at Yosemite. Once I move back, I hope to bring my wildlife experience and become involved with Yosemite. I currently hold a B.S. degree in Biology. I start grad school in January, and should have my masters in biology within a few years.
I’ve attached four photos, taken around 1943, when my parents were married. They went to Yosemite on their honeymoon. The photos show my mom, posing by their old trailer and jeep, camping in Yosemite; my mom, fishing, dad at Mirror Lake, and mom at the Visitor’s Center with the Falls in the background.
Anyway, that is my short story. There is so much more to write. I love our National Parks, especially Yosemite, and hope to someday be a part of its magnificence.
Saint Augustine, FL