I’ve travelled to a lot of the national parks in America, but one of my favourite ones was Yosemite National Park in California. I’ve been there twice now, once in the summer of 2006 and once in the winter of 2008. When I was there in 2006, we camped for 3 weeks facing Half-Dome, one of the highest peaks and trails of Yosemite, and right along the river that weaved around the park. We had bear lockers because of the high bear population and were told to make sure nothing was out in the open when we weren’t near the site. We also got to see two bears, a momma and her cub, running down the road one evening, which was quite an experiences. We also saw a few deer grazing really close to the road and weren’t that spooked by humans. My aunt touched its antler, all while she was warned to not in case it started to attack her (it did not, luckily.)
Because we were camping, we had to drive to the showers that were a little ways away from our campsite, but it was a beautiful few minutes in the car where we were surrounded by trees and mountains, Half-Dome was in the background and more often than not we saw the sunset light up the peak in such amazing ways. We spent a lot of time hiking and relaxing, but we did go on a trail ride around the national park on mules. I rode a lovely mare, named Viva who was half Donkey, half Thoroughbred. I fell in love with her and am still convinced that one day I’ll find her again!
Yosemite National Park, is a park that’s worth visiting because it’s just amazing and breathtaking and it’s such a unique experience from other national parks (they aren’t all the same either!)