When Jim asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday, I immediately answered, see the waterfalls in Yosemite. We had been hearing about how since the snow pack was deep, the falls should be spectacular this spring. Also, we love Yosemite, have been there many times, in all seasons. We have camped there, and hike many of the trails. Our daughter was brought up going there and all three grandchildren have been there, at least once.
So, we took 3 days to drive up and visit. The first day, we took a longer route in order to retrace and drive we did a few years ago via CA 178 by Lake Isabella and on CA 155 over the rolling hills. It was as beautiful as we remembered, with green hills and lovely wildflowers. We had missed seeing the lupines this year, near home, but found them there, along with golden California poppies and snow white tiny flowers (couldn’t find their name).
Rather than stay in Yosemite NP, itself, we found a very nice old ranch hotel in Oakhurst, 50 miles south of the park. Sierra Sky Ranch was very quaint and nicely decorated. Our room was small, but opened onto a large porch area and was very comfortable. We would definitely stay there again and recommend it to others.
On my (Cheryl) birthday, April 6, we went to Yosemite and spent several hours enjoying the views, waterfalls and serenity (despite the other tourists). The waterfalls were full, as we had hoped. The park was not as crowded as in the summer and everyone was very respectful of the grandeur of it all. You could see from some expressions, that some were experiencing for the first time. As usual, many languages were heard. Bridalveil Falls lived up to its name with the wind blowing the spray to resemble a very long veil. Upper, middle and lower Yosemite Falls were visible, especially from the picnic area at the beginning of the trail to lower falls. At the end of our visit, we found a nice shady spot by the rushing Merced River with great view of Bridalveil. One of my best birthday experiences!
We took a different route from Yosemite Valley to Oakhurst, #140 along the Merced river, in order to look for the Red buds. Thirty-seven years ago, with my (Cheryl) parents, Ben and Gerri and daughter, Jina, we saw a wonderful display of Red bud foliage. It was the same week, but this year, they peaked earlier; we just found few beautiful ones! We also saw purple sage and many wildflowers.
That night we had a wonderful dinner at Crab Cakes in Oakhurst.
And then, we celebrated our 40th anniversary on April 9! We can’t even believe it! It started with joining our ukulele Jam Session group. We wore our matching Hawaiian shirts to accent it and the leader posted this photo on Face Book!!