Majestic Scenes

By
Real Estate Agent

Yosemite
(Slide Show contains 10 images)

If your car has a sunroof when you first enter Yosemite National Park, it's time to open it.  Ditto for a convertible - put the top down.   At the park entrance gate, I hit the sunroof button, and simultaneously fresh pine air and sunshine flooded in. 

On the road from Sacramento and through California Gold Country, I had been listening to the kicky tunes of Dire Strait's "On Every Street" album.  But at Yosemite, I thought it time to move on to the more reverent sounds of Luciano Pavarotti.  I cranked the volume up a tad.  There is nothing like the tones of Pavarotti's magnificent tenor voice ricocheting off massive mountain peaks, and the trunks of ancient Sequoias, to set the world straight again!

At Yosemite, I had arrived early, before the park gatekeepers had opened the gatehouse windows for the day.  A sign instructed, "Enter and Pay Upon Exit."  I hit the accelerator and moved on in.

As I mentioned in my Thursday blog, it's been said that Yosemite is the Crown Jewel of all America's National Parks.  Having been there on several occasions, I can attest to Yosemite's unparalleled majesty.
 
This year's long Northern California winter had gifted the Sierra Nevada and Yosemite mountain range, with an enormous snow pack.   Previous years of drought had brought Yosemite's waterfalls to a trickle, but they are currently hemorrhaging water.

It was an event I did not want to miss!

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Comments (29)

Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

WOW, WOW, WOW.  Myrl, where do you look next with all th beauty around you?   WOW. 

Jun 11, 2011 05:40 PM
Steve Stenros
Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula - San Diego, CA
CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego

Myrl: That is an absolutely magnificent slide show! It has been too many years since I've been up to Yosemite!

Jun 11, 2011 05:41 PM
Chris Alston
Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California) - Campbell, CA
Silicon Valley, California

Great pictures...  I sat and watched them twice!  Ugh...  You always make me want to go the places you show!!!!

Jun 11, 2011 06:10 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Wow, Myrl.  those pictures are beautiful - postcard worthy. Nice job.

Jun 11, 2011 11:07 PM
Laura Giannotta
Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
Your Realtor Down the Shore!

I read your most recent blogs about your trip...what a treat!  Though I can't get away, I had a vicarious vacation through your photos!  Thank Myrl! 

Jun 12, 2011 12:04 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Lynn - If you haven't been to Yosemite, and can get away, by all means buy a ticket!

Geri - It was one of the best days to visit Yosemite that I could have chosen.  Gorgeous weather, and everything was so clean and green from recent rains.

Juli - There still are a couple of places that come to mind.  But Yosemite is difficult to top!

Steve - I'm glad you enjoyed the slide show.  You are close enough, that if time permits you really ought to see the falls at Yosemite as they currently are. . .They are unbelievable.  And there are falls flowing that I have never seen before. 



Jun 12, 2011 12:56 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Chris - If I can inspire people to leave their home environment and vist the world around them, that is a good thing I think:-)  I hope you are enjoying your weekend!

Debbie - Well Thank You, Kind Lady!

Laura - Just think, you had that little "vacation" and you didn't need to go through airport security or worry about your luggage getting lost:-)

Jun 12, 2011 12:59 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Absolutely beautiful photographs.  I would love to visit the area!

  Blooming for you!

Jun 12, 2011 08:25 AM
Maria Morton
Platinum Realty - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758

Myrl, majestic is the perfect word to describe Yosemite. The scent of pine is now in my mind's nose.

Jun 12, 2011 08:32 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Roy - If you haven't been to Yosemite, you should try putting in on your Bucket List.  It really is one of those primary destinations.

Maria - I can still smell pine, and it's been 3 days since I was there:-)  I can also hear the roar of the waterfalls.

Jun 12, 2011 09:26 AM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Myrl, These are some of the most beautiful photos of Yosemite I have ever seen. I hit the suggest button again so perhaps a few ore of the members could share in this gorgeous presentation. Beautifully done!

Jun 12, 2011 10:23 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

William - I'm glad you enjoyed them!  You know what I find really fascinating.  When I revisit my childhood home, it seems smaller and smaller each time.  Yet, each time I go to Yosemite, the mountains and waterfalls seem bigger and bigger.  I had the same problem photographing in Yosemite that I had at Zion.  It's difficult at times to get the whole scene in the shot, because of the incredible size of things.  This problem reminded me of dialogue from the old 1950s Gloria Swanson flick, "Sunset Boulevard."  Swanson playing the part of Norma Desmond had two lines, which described the dilemma at Zion.  (1) "All right Mr. De Mille, I'm ready for my close-up". . .and (2) "I am big. . .It's the pictures that got small."

Thanks for "suggesting" this blog.  It is appreciated!  I think you must be one of my biggest fans. . .LOL

Jun 12, 2011 12:53 PM
Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
Real Estate Salesperson

Myrl, your photos as usual, are spectacular!

Jun 12, 2011 02:09 PM
Debi Boucher
Real Estate Showcase Photography - Woodland Park, CO
"Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours

Hey there Myrl! I just finished reading your Yosemite posts - a place high up on my to-do list! Absolutely terrific images, and very enjoyable reading :)  Am hoping to make a Death Valley trip next spring, have you been there? This year is booked solid with Colorado trips. I do love my state! However, I will be visiting an old friend in your neck of the woods next month. She now lives in Sacramento area, but we were once living in the foothills near Somerset. I hear my old stomping grounds is all wineries now so I'm excited to go see the change!

Jun 12, 2011 02:18 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Leah - I'm glad you enjoyed them!

Debi - No, I've never been to Death Valley.  That sounds like a neat trip.  As for Somerset - Yes, the land there is converting quickly to wineries, and is a lovely place to be.  I'm hopeful that when you visit, if you have a little extra time, you could give me a call and perhaps we could meet for lunch.

Jun 12, 2011 02:22 PM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Woo Hoo Myrl, I am delighted that Debi dropped by to see your Yosemite and the two of you could possibly connect. 

Jun 12, 2011 04:50 PM
Keith Gilkey
Re/Max Chesapeake - Elkton, MD
410-920-7214, Re/Max Chesapeake

Myrl, This is a place I have always wanted to visit. Thanks so much for the photo tour. I have really enjoyed this.

Jun 13, 2011 12:50 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

William - You could come to lunch too!  We promise to only order up Pot Roast and NO cheese. . .LOL

Keith - I'm glad it was to your liking.  I hope you have a great week!

Jun 13, 2011 05:35 AM
Todd Clark - Retired
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon

During last years vacation, this was supposed to be one of our stops, but our original plans got squashed by snow in the passes and we never made it to California. Maybe this summer??




Jun 16, 2011 06:41 PM
Gloria Todor
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Media, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Hi Myrl, Thanks for the wonderful photos of a beautiful place!  I saw a report about Yosemite last week on the news about what you shared with this season being one of the best for waterfalls due to the snow from the winter.  You are lucky to be so close.

Enjoy.

Gloria

Jun 25, 2011 04:43 PM