I’m a sucker for pine trees. I usually spend most of my Arizona days up North because there’s something about being surrounded by the little green Arizona has that I just love. Maybe it’s because Christmas is my favorite holiday and I’m all about that Christmas tree life... Yeah, that’s it. But hey, can you blame me? They make for great photos.
Pines, red woods, and Fall colors pretty much sum up my Yosemite trip this past week. My boyfriend and I made a DIY camper van and hit Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, Yosemite and Big Sur.
Yosemite seriously stole my heart, though. I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did, but the Fall colors really took the cake. I was actually supposed to visit these parts of California two times in the past five years, but the Universe wouldn’t let it happen, making this trip that much more special.
Below are my ten favorite images from my recent trip to Yosemite National Park. You’ll notice that the ever so popular Taft and Glacier Points are not on this list and that’s because we didn’t make it there *sad face*. The road to these locations was closed by the time we arrived there and hiking to them would’ve taken more time away from other spots we were looking to see. At least now we have a reason to go back! However, if you ever have the chance to visit these spots, do it! 10/10 recommend.
Here it is, my top ten favorite photo I took in Yosemite National Park.
Every. Single. Tourist. Ever. Goes. Here. There's a good reason why, too! Tunnel view gives you this epic view of El Capitan and Half Dome as well as the rest of this valley. However, I want to draw some attention to this place as an astro-photography spot. If you're lucky, you'll see some climbers and their headlamps getting ready for a night on EC, which really made me realize I'm not that cool (LOL).
I had heard about this spot quite a bit, but it wasn't until I arrived there and saw this perfect Half Dome framing that I went all goo-goo eyed. Like come on, that reflection game is on point. This was a great place to catch the sunset too.
Oh. My. Goodness. This place slays. Cook's Meadow is right around the corner from Sentinel Bridge and offers a nice little creek side piece of beauty. The meadow's grass was dormant when we went, but it added to the gold tones happening here, which was nice. I think the bridge was my favorite, though. It was nestled in between the trees and had this cool meter that showed the water levels in the creek from the early 1900's- the nerd in me was happy, okay. Thanks for capturing this one, Scotty! This place is probably GORGEOUS in the winter when a light snowfall hits it, omg.
El Capitan Meadow
Ah yes. This whole trip I was a softy for the meadows. I don't get a lot of those in the desert, ya know. Anyhow, El Capitan Meadow's reflection game was also on point, and so were the colors here. Pumpkin Spice Latte anyone?
I mean COME ON. Look at this place!
I'm a hiker. I love a good trail and I definitely didn't spend all this quality National Park time meadow hopping, but if your next trip to Yosemite allows for some down time or your feeling a little lazy to get your hike on, check these gems out! The definitely won't disappoint, even when the seasons change. There are countless spots I didn't mention in this blog because we'd be here all day. Just know that Yosemite will probably steal your heart too.
Thanks for reading! Make sure you snag a Mtn Chicks official patch while you're here!
This blog was written by Mountain Chicks Founder Dani. You can see more of her photography here.
Dani is the Founder of Mountain Chicks and the primary author of the Mtn Chicks Blog. Here you'll find outdoor tips, travel experiences, gear reviews and more.