Yosemite Valley

Mountains surrounded by tall tress in all colors of autumn, the sound of ravens echoing through the valley and crisp leaves under my boots. Majestic waterfalls, golden sunsets, starry nights and as many trails to hike as there are chipmunks scurrying about in the forest.

I am trying to process where I have been and what I have seen. Yosemite made such an impression on me.

How do I even begin to tell the story of my adventures there?

I guess I will try and break it up into sections since we did a lot o day-trips or went hiking. But let’s start everything with a few images from the village and some of it’s surrounding areas.

Yosemite Valley - Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

≫ heading into the park

Yosemite Valley - Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Yosemite Valley

This the heart of the national park. Here you find Yosemite Village with all the stores and restaurants, the visitor centre and the postal office. This is also where you can hop on a shuttle bus and head to other areas of the park. Basically it has everything you need wether it’s grocery shopping, grabbing lunch or coffee, buying souvenirs and gear or enjoying a cold beer infront of the fireplace at Degnan’s.

At the visitor centre you can find out all kinds of information about the park; which of the hikes that fit you and where they are, tips on what to see and do or information about any of the roads being closed for some reason.

Yosemite Valley - Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Yosemite Valley - Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Yosemite Valley - Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Yosemite Valley - Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Yosemite Valley - Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com≫ I saw way too many cool vans during our stay in Yosemite, this one is my favorite!

Since we visited the park during it’s low seasons, a lot of stores and restaurant was closed but I really enjoyed the ones that we’re open and I can only imagine the other ones being just as decent as well.

The Ansel Adams Gallery was open though which was just wonderful. If you don’t know about Ansel, he was an American photographer and environmentalist who helped put Yosemite on the map. He first visited the park in 1916 and he said this about the place:

“The splendor of Yosemite burst upon us and it was glorious…. One wonder after another descended upon us…. There was light everywhere…. A new era began for me.”

He got his first camera during that stay, and later returned with better gear. His black and white photos of Yosemite have been seen a lot on calendars, posters, books, and the internet.

Yosemite Valley - Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Yosemite Valley - Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Yosemite Valley - Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Yosemite Valley - Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Yosemite Valley - Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

After catching an early sunrise, or being away for the day we usually went to Degnan’s for a second breakfast, coffee or lunch while chatting about what we’ve seen and working with some images before heading out again. We became regulars there and I quite liked the place. An elderly man had been working there since he was young and he told us a few stories as me and Katarina dozed by the fireplace one day after a long hike:

Back in the day he’d start early with chopping wood for the fireplace (which runs on gas now a days) and in the mornings he’d often find a mama bear waiting by the trash containers. She was to big for it but her cubs had gone inside to look for food and they couldn’t get out. Eventually part of his morning routine became letting them out and the mama got to know him and knew he wasn’t a threat so she would sit and wait while he did so.

It’s such a lovely little anecdote and I just love meeting locals when I visit places and to get to know them and their stories. It’s a part of what makes traveling worth while and also why I in general rather travel in nature and avoid the typical tourist areas (Yosemite being an exception).

Yosemite Valley - Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Yosemite Valley - Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Yosemite Valley - Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

More often than not we’d spend sunrise and sunset at some beautiful viewpoint, but catching the last light down in Yosemite Valley is just as magnificent. We had a rental car and drove around a lot which meant it was easy for us to head out to good locations.

Yosemite Valley - Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Yosemite Valley - Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Yosemite Valley - Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Yosemite Valley - Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

≫ Shoutout to my friend Katarina for acting as my human tripod and helping me get a shot of myself all geared up!

Yosemite Valley - Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.comYosemite Valley - Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.comYosemite Valley - Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Yosemite Valley - Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.comYosemite Valley - Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.comYosemite Valley - Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Yosemite Valley - Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Yosemite Valley - Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Yosemite Valley - Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Yosemite Valley - Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Ida bundled up against the cold in such a gorgeous poncho! And I understand her, as soon as the sun dropped down behind the peaks it got pretty cold. But oh my gosh so beautiful too!

Yosemite Valley - Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Yosemite Valley - Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.comYosemite Valley - Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.comYosemite Valley - Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.comYosemite Valley - Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.comYosemite Valley - Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.comYosemite Valley - Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.comYosemite Valley - Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.comYosemite Valley - Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.comYosemite Valley - Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.comYosemite Valley - Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.comYosemite Valley - Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.comYosemite Valley - Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Yosemite Valley - Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.comYosemite Valley - Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.comYosemite Valley - Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

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7 Comments

  1. Reply

    Leanne Downs

    15 November, 2017

    Looks so stunning! I would love to see Ansel Adams work in real life!

    • Reply

      Northbound Journeys

      15 November, 2017

      It truly was! His images are amazing <3

  2. Reply

    Jenn - forever abroad

    15 November, 2017

    Ser så magiskt ut ja!! Men jag kan tyvärr inte se alla bilder :O Ser bara namnens bild på ett par ställen i texten.
    Ser fram emot att läsa fler berättelser <3

    • Reply

      Northbound Journeys

      16 November, 2017

      Men, så märkligt. För mig fungerar det och testade även att kolla på en väns telefon. Är det på dator eller telefon det inte fungerar för dig? Testat att kolla via någon annan pryl? Tack, det var magiskt och jag ser fram emot att dela med mig av mer! <3

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    Josefin

    19 November, 2017

    Vilka härliga bilder, men framförallt uppskattar jag anekdoten. Det är något speciellt med att få äran av att någon väljer att dela med sig av livets detaljer… Det är ju ändå dessa som håller våra liv levande må samtalen aldrig sluta ❤️❤️✨

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      Northbound Journeys

      22 November, 2017

      Tack Josefin! Jag tycker också väldigt mycket om den lilla anekdoten, det är mer sådant jag vill åt när jag reser :) Hoppas också att sådana samtal aldrig slutar <3

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