Yosemite National Park, located about 190 miles from San Francisco, is almost doable on a LONG day trip, so long as you don’t want to see everything. Prodded by the fact that the past winter’s snow pack and longer than average spring rains persisted, news of abundant water flow through the park promised a decent show at the park’s water features. In past years when there was a lack of rain or snow, one could visit Yosemite Falls and only see a trickle of water at the namesake falls.
Despite the downturn in the economy, occupancy and visitior rates at Yosemite remain high, attesting to the popularity of the park. Currently, there’s some road construction going on near the intersection of Big Oak Flat Road and El Portal Road which can cause delays. Water flow is high and should continue so into August due to the continuing melting of the snow pack. With such water flow, visitors should excercise caution around the water. Unfortunately, as noted in the news of the day we visited, deaths and injuries can occur if you’re not careful.
At the higher elevations, widflowers can still be found, especuially roadside and in the meadows.
If you’re interested in photography, you should definitely stop by the Ansel Adams Galley in Yosemite Village.