Journey 2 Yosemite
My final project for my design class was a series of book covers. I chose to do California national park guides for Joshua Tree, Death Valley, Sequoia, and of course, my love, Yosemite.
I've been going to Yosemite with my family since I was little. I honestly know how to get around Housekeeping and the John Muir Trail better than my hometown. But its only been recently that I've been able to get over my angsty teen negativity enough to appreciate it. I used to refuse to join my family on any hike longer than the Mist Trails to Nevada Falls, and instead spend the day at the native american museum and reading by the river. (Which is still a perfectly acceptable way to spend a day). But being stuck up in a city away from nature for so long has me craving long hikes and beautiful views, so I organized my first trip without the fam.
Two of my friends and I piled into a Prius and headed out. After a short detour when our car got broken in to, we made it to Yosemite Valley and broke out the s'mores as soon as we could get a fire started. The next day we were set to hike Half Dome, so we had an early night, but just being surrounded my trees and visible stars was amazing.
After spending weeks staring at the digital version of Half Dome while working on my final, it was a shock to see the real thing. Theres no way to capture its beauty or grandeur in any sort of photo or picture, even if your Ansel Adams himself.
Fun Fact: Mountains like Half Dome are so big that your mind can't comprehend it- so instead your brain tells itself that its closer than it is to make up for it. Interesting, right?
So the next day we had a late start, and didn't make it all the way up Half Dome. But We got to Nevada Falls, which was still insanely beautiful.