Unable to book the 3 day camping trip to Yosemite National Park; I settled on a one day excursion with a tour group called Incredible Adventures . This brief tour gave me a small glimpse of the natural wonders of the park. I am eager to see more of Yosemite (I really want to have a camping experience) and I would like to visit some of the other parks. The tour guide and a Ranger I met on the train trip gave me a few recommendations on the most picturesque parks.
I had about 2 hours of free time to explore on my own. I used the time to follow the easy one mile trail to the base of Yosemite Fall; visit the Yosemite Museum and tour the reconstructed Miwok Indian Village.
Getting close to the fall was thrilling. The park has had record snowfall and now that it is melting all falls in the park are gushing high volumes of water. The sound of the water was very loud and I could feel the water spray with every gust of wind. I bought lunch with me and I was able to enjoy my sandwich near enough to enjoy the show; yet far enough to stay dry.
The Yosemite Museum was showing the work of winners of their annual art competition. Also, there is a collection of artifacts of the Miwok Indians.
Miwok Indian Village has been reconstructed on the former site of the largest village in Yosemite Valley. It was a good way to see the objects in the museum in the context of village daily life.
What I saw was 5% of the wonders within Yosemite National Park; just scratching the surface of the park and not even making a dent in the divinely made natural wonders of the Earth.