Yosemite Part III: Watching the sun set over the valley

by Heidi Obermeyer

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After we checked into the Wawona, we spent a few minutes relaxing on the hotel’s porch. Alex, our local guide and expert AND uncle (the man has many talents) mentioned briefly how beautiful watching the sunset is from Glacier Point, a vista that you can stop at when you first emerge into the valley from the south entrance. We hemmed and hawed, trying to decide if we could bring ourselves to get back into the car after a long day. We decided no. We played another round of cards. The topic came up again. Numbers were crunched. Watches were checked. Sunset time was googled. And we were off! It was a YOLO moment, if I do say so myself.

It. was. spectacular.

Seriously. One of the most beautiful reveals of nature I have ever seen. The valley looks like something out of a movie, but BETTER. I didn’t even know it was possible. Watching the alpenglow fade away was truly stunning, and I understand now- at least to some extent- John Muir’s obsession with that part of the country.

To top it all off? A sing-along session to Whitney Houston on the way back to the hotel. Even Yosemite can use a little glamorous music every once in a while. 🙂