After we left the Mariposa Grove, we headed back toward Yosemite Valley so that we could take the same pictures that at least 800,000 other people probably took that day! But, hey, it's worth taking, especially when you have a beautiful clear day like we did. This is the Tunnel View...view.
That's El Capitan on the left, Bridalveil Fall on the right, and Half Dome tucked away in the back.
Driving from Tunnel View back into Yosemite Valley, we saw a bear.
Hello, Mr. Bear!
And a bunch of other stunning sights...most of them waterfalls, apparently.
Ribbon Fall from Southside Dr.
Bridalveil Fall from Southside Dr.
Yosemite Falls (Upper and Lower) (and lots of mosquitos) from Southside Dr.
Yosemite Falls from Lower Yosemite Fall Trail
Lower Yosemite Fall
My "This is beautiful, but I'm about ready to go." face.
I don't think we got any pictures of Horsetail Fall, but if it had looked this this, we definitely would have! Wow.
And that concludes the Yosemite portion of our summer vacation. From here we spent the night back in Mariposa, then got on the road to Sacremento to catch our return flight to HNL. For a trip that was largely unlplanned, this turned out to be a great vacation.
(If you're like me, you'll go crazy combing through this post, trying to figure out what point D corresponds to. It doesn't correspond to anything. I just had to put that in there as a waypoint to get my route to come out correctly. I apologize for any distress this might have caused!)