Yosemite National Park embraces a spectacular tract of mountain-and-valley scenery in the Sierra Nevada, which was set aside as a national park in 1890. The park harbors a grand collection of waterfalls, meadows, and forests that include groves of giant sequoias, the world’s largest living things.

Despite the approaching 4th of July weekend, the park wasn’t overly crowded. We made a very strenuous 7 mile hike up and down the 3000ft Yosemite Point to the top of Yosemite Falls. After the hike it got dark and we had a very scary run in with a mountain lion in the woods.

The next day we were going to go to the top of Glacier Point but I had an accident while photographing a bear in the woods. I fell and lodged a stick in the palm of my hand. Most of that day was spent at an Urgent Care clinic. Luckily, I missed the nerve that controls grip and finger motion by millimeters so my hand should recover just fine.

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