National Parks – Yosemite (with a little about Rainbow Falls)

(written by Bill)

My father celebrated his 90th birthday in May of this year.  As a part of the celebration, he wanted to take a road trip with his 3 surviving children – my two sisters and I.  Since one of my sisters lives in Ohio, the 4 of us would drive from Northern California to Ohio, drop her off and then 3 of us return to California. This journey would take approximately 3 weeks and cover just over 5,000 miles.  It is important to note that we dedicated this trip to our big brother who watched over us, from above, and who we thought of often during our adventure. Love you Dennis!

Our plan was to pass through as many National – Parks, Recreational Areas, Forests, and/or Monuments as we could (we visited 15 total). I will share some images in this blog that we took on our first day as we drove through Yosemite.

In the coming weeks I will post additional photos of; Virgin River National Recreation Area, Zion National Park, Red Canyon Dixie National Forest, Bryce National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Arches National Park, Dinosaur National Monument, Flaming Gorge National Recreational Area, Grand Tetons National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Mount Rushmore National Monument, Badlands National Park, Devils Tower National Monument, and Craters of the Moon National Monument.

To begin – On day 1 just a few miles from the gates of Yosemite National Park, we pulled off the road at Rainbow Falls to stretch our legs and take a few photos.  Most people driving this route would not be aware of this wonderful spot just off of highway 120 but my Dad, who drove truck for a number of years,  knows all the great sights within the western United States. After our short break we drove into Yosemite and stopped along the Merced River in the main valley for lunch and to enjoy the peace and quite of the park. What an spectacular place!

After eating we were off toward the northeast section of the park continuing on highway 120 and over Tioga Pass. Interesting fact – Tioga Pass happens to be the highest automobile pass in California at 9,945′. I have included a photo of the sign that gives details if you would like to learn more about this location.

On the backside of the pass we turned south on Highway 395 and just past Mammoth Lakes turned left and headed due east into Nevada.  After driving for miles in pure desolation we decided we had gone far enough for our first day.  We stopped at a wonderful little historical town called Tonopah which was known as, “The Queen of the Silver Camps”. You can learn more about Tonopah by clicking here:

To see more photo’s of Rainbow Falls click here:!i=1880650365&k=gqq55p5

To see more photo’s of Yosemite click here:!i=1880670563&k=Dv4fMxk

Hope you enjoy…


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7 Responses to National Parks – Yosemite (with a little about Rainbow Falls)

  1. Janet says:

    Loved the photos. I’m an avid hiker (for the past few years) in Yosemite but don’t know where Rainbow Falls is. Can you help me find it?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for bringing back the memories…. I will enjoy reliving our trip….

  3. Yet another place we missed on our first national park tour. And another (like alcatraz) we got oh so close…how close? We were at mono lake, just 16 miles away. I still regret the decision to turn back. Even worse, I didn’t make it on my 2nd western tour.

    • motioners says:

      Sorry to hear you weren’t able to get to Alcatraz nor Yosemite, but I bet you saw a lot of wonderful places during your visit(s). Missing these two awesome attractions will most likely make you want to return again in the near future. Hope so….thanks for sharing your experience. bill

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