A Backpacker’s Photo Diary: Yosemite National Park
Because we spent our first day at the cabin by going around the property and using its amenities, we were extra amped to go hiking when we drove to Yosemite National Park the next day. Everybody who had been to the park before had advised our group that an entire day wasn’t enough to see all of Yosemite, so we chose to pour our efforts on one route: the Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall Trail. Reaching an elevation of more than 5,000 feet, the hike was classified as strenuous, and took us around 7 hours total to complete (inclusive of the stops for photos, and snacks).
The direction was mostly upward, some sections were so steep that my knees buckled, and there were times when I felt like my lungs were about to burst…but we were surrounded by such striking landscapes that it was all rewarding. I loved the team spirit that everyone displayed too. Some of our friends were fitness machines (hi, guys), but they adjusted to our pace. We all fell into a buddy system, and if somebody needed help, each one was quick to lend a hand. And man, all of these panoramic views became more breathtaking because I shared the experience of seeing it with friends.
I was so used to the Philippines’ tropical scenery that when I faced the vastness that Yosemite had—the mountain range, the cliffs, and dinosaur sized boulders, I felt like I was in another world.
My handmade, all around backpack crafted by Bags by Rubbertree
After having my heart race for what felt like a bazillion hours, we then jumped into the freezing creek in Happy Isles, and dialled down the tempo. I was still dripping as we headed back to our cabin, but the thought of having another homemade dinner, round of drinks, and the gathering around the fire pit warmed me up throughout the ride.
- Yosemite Village, CA 95389
Brave the waves,
For A Change
When you’re feeling down, hieing off to the mountains can lift up your spirits. Especially at times when you’re in a contemplative mood… cloistering yourself at one of your favorite cafes can really let your thoughts swirl around freely, and take flight.
Here, the lower your heart is sinking, the higher you can pull it right back into place. Having a flock of clouds hovering under your feet, so close you can almost ride on them, tells you that things have nowhere to naturally go but up. The awe-inspiring landscape around you is a testament to this.
Brave the waves,