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It was the wrong season, so said everyone. But what the heck, one has to grab the opportunity when one is handed it and not crib about seasons. So off I went with the First Born son on the trip to Yosemite National Park (link) on a hot July afternoon. Here is the view from Glacier Point (link) viewing area. To the centre is Half Dome.

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For the FB, this was the third trip. In the very first one, he hiked to the top of Half Dome. “Rising nearly 5,000 feet above Yosemite Valley and 8,800 feet above sea level, Half Dome is a Yosemite icon and a great challenge to many hikers.“ (link). Here is a closer look at Half Dome.

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The Wawona Tunnel below is bored through solid granite bedrock. “At 4,233 feet (1,290 m) long Wawona Tunnel is the longest highway tunnel in California.” (Wiki)

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And when you exit the tunnel, comes the Tunnel View, supposed to be the world’s most photographed spot. “The view looks eastward into Yosemite Valley, and includes surrounding features, such as the southwest face of El Capitan on the left, Half Dome on axis, and Bridalveil Fall on the right” (Wiki)

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A lone tree I captured with the valley in the background.

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That’s our tour bus with the Ranger who drove it, standing in front. Well, you really didn’t think I hiked all the way up and back, did you?!! By the way, I have never felt as safe as I did with her driving the 40-foot bus. And not even a thought of nausea, in spite of the hairpin bends and the height. To think I never once could lift my head or enjoy the view during my travel to Kufri (link). The lady gave us a very interesting and witty running commentary of the history of the Park all through the drive.

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There is only one word to describe the whole experience: A.w.e.s.o.m.e!