We recently packed up the family and headed out to Yosemite National Park. The timing of our trip was great for our 5th grader. She had just learned about land formations, how water shapes land, types of rock, marshes and fens...and then she was able to see it all first-hand in nature. My 1st grade son, on the other hand, was just happy to run wild and climb rocks.
The rock climbing makes me nervous. Yes, even my kid on boulders. So I don't know how people climb enormous monoliths like El Capitan.
The waterfalls weren't flowing much while we were there. We went in late summer and The rivers were virtually dry, Yosemite Falls was just a wall and Mirror Lake was a bed of sand and rocks.
The cool thing about going when the water wasn't flowing was we could walk out onto the dry lake bed and see the park from that perspective. The kids could see how the sediment from the river flows downstream and piles up in the lower lakebed. This shot of Half Dome was taken from the middle of Mirror Lake.
One of the waterfalls that was still flowing (some) was Bridalveil Falls. Even in late summer you can see how it got its name.
I love to look at plants when when I'm out hiking through nature. Below is a little collection of pinecones and needles that I found on our hike to Mirror Lake. One of my favorite holiday cards from this year is a collection of evergreens I illustrated. I'm working on a pinecone card to go with it.
The next time we visit Yosemite we'll probably go in spring so we can see the park with the water flowing. How strange to see Mirror Lake filled up knowing we had once stood in the middle of it. So cool.
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