Yosemite Valley in Winter from Valley View (V11)

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Chip Stephan on April 3, 2007

March 14, 2006

scenicplaces.com on May 19, 2007

ChipStephan, I am enjoying your Yosemite pics. It is much prettier in the winter, don't you think? Far fewer people!

Chip Stephan on May 19, 2007

Thank You scenicplaces.com. Yes, I prefer the valley in winter (fewer people and cars), and the high country in summer. In summer, the valley seems like it should be called "Yosemite Mall", with all the people on roller blades, walking their dogs and driving endlessly around Northside and Southside drives, honking horns and blasting their radios. I've been coming here for almost 60 years, and it gets worse by the year.

Sorry for the rant, but it's getting close to summer again, so I quit going to the valley, and that makes me sad.

Daniel W on May 25, 2007

Ah, fascinating. So different during winter time (I went there in august/september).

Chip Stephan on May 25, 2007

Thanks, mypictures4u, we might have encountered each other while there. I live about two hours away, an go there several times a month. I much prefer the winter, and now that the summer vacation season has begun, the valley will be full of people and unbreathable air again.

Daniel W on July 31, 2007

Checked again: I visited the park from Sept. 12th to 15th. We visited a lot of places in the early morning and late afternoon. Avoided the crowds. Worked pretty good. Wasn't too bad. Fortunately there were no skaters with dogs and I even can not remember honking cars. Only one bad experience when a busload full of Japanese people arrived at one spot were the two of us were resting. Well, and tunnel viewpoint is really bad. Great view, unbelievable noise!

Chip Stephan on July 31, 2007

One winter during a moderate snow, a Korean tour bus slid off the road into a culvert just before entering Wawona tunnel heading into the valley. The bus broke an axle, and the passengers had decided to walk through the tunnel (about a mile) and wait at tunnel view. The wait turned out to a long one, and it was cold and snowing intermittently. Another photographer and I were taking pictures at tunnel view, and were approached by one of the tourists. I spent the next hour ferrying them, five at a time, back up the tunnel to their bus. An interesting day. Never saw them or the bus again.

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