This is a guest post! Please join me in welcoming Kara of Whimsy Soul! This week in Travel Month, we shift to mountain towns and nearby destinations.
Hi everyone! I’m Kara of Whimsy Soul and I’m delighted to be here today. You probably know of Yosemite from your desktop background in the macOS X El Capitan era of computers. That’s pretty much all I knew about Yosemite before I moved to San Francisco 3 years ago from Wisconsin. Yosemite National Park is about a 4-hour drive from San Francisco. When you drive along the valley floor, there are mountains on either side towering over you. It’s hard not to feel small, humble and at peace. Summer is obviously a great time to visit Yosemite. The weather is nice, all of the trails and lookout points are open, flowers are blooming. But what about winter?
My husband and I headed out to Yosemite on the last weekend of November this year to experience what it’s like during the offseason. It snowed the first day and hardly anyone was there. I swear I could feel the mountains breathing. This time of year the Lower Yosemite Falls are actually flowing (they’re all dried up in the summer) and in the evenings it’s easy to find a chair next to a fire to sip wine or hot cocoa in.
After 4 days in the park, I knew that winter is the best season to visit Yosemite. Find out all about winter hiking, killer viewpoints, and fun things to do (like ice skating!) in my Things To Do In Yosemite In The Fall/Winter blog post!