Our much anticipated trip to Yosemite for our autumn visit was a huge success. We didn't plan it but we were leaving the day the park was closed because of the government shutdown. I was very grateful that we were able to get in our visit and hikes before the trails and campground were closed indefinitely.
This is also about the point where we observed a mama Black Bear and her cub...off in the distance but we still became hyper-aware of our surroundings. There were several other hikers, some in front and some in back of us, so we alerted them to our sighting and shared bear stories before we all spread out again.
I was so inspired by the Bigleaf maples that back at the campsite I created a nature journal page with some of the information I found interesting. My leaf sketch was a bit of a fail..I think I was hung up on trying to get it to fit in the box I had created on the page and so it looks sort of squished. Oh well, you get the idea of a maple leaf.
It was a fun trip and I am looking forward to the winter season and visiting Yosemite National Park to really see the full circle in this amazing place. We are aiming to hike in the Mariposa Grove of sequoia trees whether there is snow or not. Not sure where we will stay yet...hoping that the government closure is over by then.
You can read about our seasonal visits to Yosemite in these entries:
Yosemite in Spring - Waterfalls and Biking
Summer Trip to Yosemite - Hikes, Wildflowers, Rocks, and More
This post is part of my Nature Study Goals for 2013 - to visit Yosemite National Park in each season.