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El Capitan, tunnels, Half Dome, Inspiration Trail and more at Yosemite National Park - April 30, 2009

El Capitan is a favorite for EXPERIENCED rock climbers. Rising more than 3,593 feet above the Valley floor, it is the largest monolith of granite in the world. El Capitan is opposite Bridalveil Fall and is best seen from the roads in western Yosemite Valley, including Tunnel View, the Bridalveil Fall area, and El Capitan Meadow. These various views are shown below -- plus more good stuff!
El Capitan
El Capitan
Yosemite Valley at El Capitan Meadow, located along one-way Northside Drive, provides a view straight up El Capitan and a great view of Cathedral Rocks, as well.
El Capitan
El Capitan
El Capitan
El Capitan
You can tell the size of El Capitan because the two RV Gypsies were dwarfed in the photos.
LEE is dwarfed by El Capitan
Karen is dwarfed by El Capitan
El Capitan
The backside of El Capitan - it looked so different from this angle.
the backside of Karen is dwarfed by El Capitan
In Yosemite Valley, Sentinel Bridge is famous for its views of the waterfall and Half Dome reflected in the Merced River.
view from Sentinel Bridge
Tunnel View provided one of the most famous views of Yosemite Valley. From here the two RV Gypsies saw El Capitan and Bridalveil Fall rising from Yosemite Valley, with Half Dome in the background. This viewpoint is at the east end of the Wawona Tunnel along the Wawona Road (Highway 41).
the tunnel entrance
in the tunnel
in the tunnel
exiting the tunnel
View from the back side of the tunnel - Lee liked the balancing rock at the top.
balancing rock
balancing rock
View from the popular side of the tunnel, known as Tunnel View - the first sign shown below identifies the different rock formations in the photos below.
sign naming the rock formations
sign about the breathtaking view

The photos below contain the rock formations shown in the signs above. Below are some brief descriptions.

Half Dome is perhaps the most recognized symbol of Yosemite and Yosemite's most distinctive monument as it dominates most views in Yosemite Valley. Rising nearly 5,000 feet above the Valley floor, it is one of the most sought-after landmarks in Yosemite. Some people even hike or rock-climb to the top! Forces of uplift, erosion from rivers and glaciers, plus rock fall all shaped this famous feature.
Sentinel Rock, like a sentry, overlooks Yosemite Valley, along the opposite side of the Valley From Yosemite Falls.
Cathedral Rocks and Spires form the eastern side of the canyon through which Bridalveil Creek flows. Some people think these rocks, just opposite of El Capitan, are even more impressive than El Capitan!
Karen Duqette at Tunnel View
Karen Duqette at Tunnel View
view from Tunnel View
Karen Duqette at Tunnel View
Clouds Resting on the mountains
Looking down
Cloud's Rest
looking down
view
waterfall close-up
Views from hiking up Inspiration Trail - The two RV Gypsies hiked up higher than the elevation of Bridalveil Fall. Strangely enough, they got cell phone service up there (so they called their grand-daughter). Yet they did not get cell phone service down in other areas of Yosemite National Park, and not in the campground either. Interesting!
Views from our hike up Inspiration Trail
Views from our hike up Inspiration Trail
Views from our hike up Inspiration Trail
Views from our hike up Inspiration Trail
Views from our hike up Inspiration Trail
the fot starts rolling in
Views from our hike up Inspiration Trail
Below is the top of the mountain where the two RV Gypsies hiked to.
view of the top of mtn we hiked to from the bottom
view of the top of mtn we hiked to from the bottom
And now - here are actual photos from the hike up Inspiration Trail
Lee on the staircase - the beginning of the hike
Lee on rocky trail at the beginning of hike
the rocky trail keeps going up
Lee Duquette says WOW
Although the trail is just over one mile each way, it is a very steep, rocky trail and a bit strenuous. But the breath-taking view is well worth the hike.
the rocky trail
Lee on the rocky trail
Another view from the trail
View from the trail
There was a light rain, thus water spots on the camera lens in these photos
View from the trail
View from the trail
The two RV Gypsies were getting rained on as they hiked and the fog was settling in again.
the fog is really here
the fog is really here
tree and mtn
the fog is really here
the fog is really here
Despite the weather, the two RV Gypsies enjoyed the beautiful wild flowers along the trail.
the fog is really here
the fog is really here
Menu for the two RV Gypsies in California - April 2009

California photos are in 28 separate sections found below. Some sections may have more than one page so that the photos will upload faster. You may visit these sections in any order you choose. Each section will have this menu so that visitors do not have to keep returning here in order to continue the California adventures. There is also a link to Oregon at the very bottom of the California menu.

travel scenery
Mountain Lakes RV Park
Venice Beach
Big Bear Mountain
Palm Springs Tram
Karen's family photos

Kaweah Park Resort & a bobcat

Three Rivers & Lake Kaweah

driving scenery

Sequoia National Park

Kings Canyon
- big sequoia trees

Yosemite Nat'l Park

El Capitan

Bridalveil & Yosemite Falls

Indian Flat RV Park

The Golden Gate Bridge

Fisherman's Wharf /
Seals / Alcatraz

Armstrong Woods
State Preserve -
Giant Redwood Trees

Sonoma County driving tour / beaches

San Francisco
and cable car ride

The Living Roof
and Gardens

Chinatown

N. Petaluma KOA
& driving scenery

Bear Mtn RV Resort

Shasta Lake

Mt. Shasta

Shasta Dam

Sundial Bridge

 
look below for more menu options

go to the next adventure of the two RV Gypsies AFTER you have enjoyed all of the above, please continue on to Oregon.