Baron: Yosemite (5.2003)
I went to
national park with my dear friend
Prakash Ishwar, a postdoc at
As we approached the park, Dr. Ishwar, who had
already visited there several times, noted that
the amounts of water were startling. Indeed, it
was late May, and the snow thaw from the Sierra
Nevada peaks was at its height.
Below you can see Prakash next to a turbulent stream.
As we entered the park, we saw the magnificent
waterfalls. We hiked towards two of the falls;
the massive amounts of water, along with the
brisk wind, sprayed the mist a long way.
In short, we got soaked.
Of course we also paused to view the
famous Yosemite falls.
We took an hour-long hike to view the Mirror Lake.
Prakash claims that the waters there are usually
very tranquil, providing a near-mirror reflection
of the surrounding mountains. When we were there,
the reflection was still pretty good.
We then ascended (by car) to the top of one of the mountains,
and were rewarded by several breathtaking scenic views.
We concluded our visit with some magnificent trees.
First, some massive Sequoia trees.
I also posed inside a "tunnel tree".
Finally, if any of you ever wondered how
redwood trees got their name, now you will
know, courtesy of Dr. Ishwar. Note that the
redwoods, although quite tall, do not have the girth
of the mighty Sequoias.
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