Childhood revisited

Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Valley

My grandfather told the story of visiting Yosemite National Park as a child, how he and his brothers had to get off the wagon so the horses could continue uphill on those dirt roads that led up the mountain and then down into the beautiful valley.  His own father and uncle took him to this incredible place, and he carried that experience forward by taking his own children to Yosemite. My mother was equally struck by the beauty and took my brothers, sister, and me there when we were children.

DSCN2970  4x6 rock memories

As I walked past these rocks, I was suddenly jarred by the memory of playing in this very spot with my siblings.

This past week, my husband and I took our two youngest children to experience the beauty of Yosemite.  None of them had been there before, so it was with joy that I watched the wonder in their faces.

Bridalveil Falls, Yosemite National Park

Bridalveil Falls, Yosemite National Park


Our campsite on the Merced River in Yosemite National Park

Our campsite on the Merced River in Yosemite National Park


Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Falls

I think they liked it, too.

DSCN0518  Top of Yosemite Falls

Thank you, Hilary, for the POTW award!



10 thoughts on “Childhood revisited

  1. Beautiful! I was lucky enough to visit once when I was helping a post-doc do some fieldwork out west. He was British, so he worked in as many visits to cool places in the area as he could 🙂

  2. Wow.. what a beautiful spot. You’ve got some lovely photos here, KC but that one of the silhouettes watching the falls’ rainbow.. outstanding!

  3. Wow. I love this retrospective-imagine going there by wagon–and then passing along that story to inspire generations after to appreciate its majesty.

  4. Karen what a wonderful trip to that park. I have never been there but I sure would like to take a trip down that way now! In Canada we also have a Bridalveil Falls near Agassiz.I will have to see if I have a picture of it somewhere to show you.
    Loved the story of your grandfather, mother and on down the line. What a wonderful story to tell future generations.

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