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Roland’s Trip to Yosemite

Curious about visiting Yosemite National Park in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains? Here is Roland’s experience when he was twelve years old. This was part of a spring trip we took in California. Ready to learn more?

Glacier Point in Yosemite.
Glacier Point in Yosemite.

Question: Why is Yosemite Worth a Visit?

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It’s such a natural beautiful place carved out of canyons. There is beautiful wildlife and you get to do amazing hikes. The wildlife I actually saw was coyote and got about four feet away from a deer and about 10 feet away from a wild turkey. I actually tried to catch the turkey but I couldn’t. There are also mountain lions and beers and lots of different kinds of birds.

Deer in Redwoods in Yosemite, California.
Roland making friends with the Deer in Redwoods in Yosemite.

Question: Tell me a little bit about Yosemite.

It is beautiful and a National Park and it’s famous for rock climbing. There is a special camp at the base of El Capitan called Camp 4 where people from all over the world come who want to rock climb.  The fastest time someone climbed El Capitan was a little under three hours but the average time it takes to climb is five to seven days.

el capitan in Yosemite.
Roland with El Capitan in background.

Question: Any special facts about El Capitan or Yosemite that you remember?

El Capitan is the tallest monolith in the world and Tunnel View is one of the most photographed views in the world. That is pretty impressive.

Question: What was your favorite thing we did in Yosemite?

Tunnel View. We drove through Wawona tunnel which is really long and took about a minute or two and then when you come out you see this incredible view. You can see El Capitan and Half Dome and Bridalveil Waterfall and other glaciers.

Tunnel View in Yosemite National Park.
Tunnel View in Yosemite National Park.

Question: We did the guided tour of the valley floor. Do you think most kids would like it?

Yes, the guided tour was fun because you get to see everything on the valley floor. You get to see rivers and waterfalls and it goes by really fast.

Question: What do you recommend kids do besides explore the Yosemite Valley?

Visit Glacier Point. It’s a really good view of El Capitan and Half Dome, but it’s a different version of the view. You are on top of a mountain and it feels like you are closer to Half Dome and El Capitan. You also can see the whole valley floor.

Glacier Point view of Half Dome.
Glacier Point view of Half Dome.

Question: What hikes do you recommend?

Happy Trails in Yosemite valley takes you to the base of El Capitan. the whole hike is over 10 miles, but you can also just hike through Camp 4 to the base of the El Capitan. Also, the hike we took near our cabin to swinging bridge. It’s a really fun hike, it’s only 0.7 miles and there is a river. It would be fun for families and if it’s a hot day you can swim because it’s a flat part of the river and easy to swim in. When I was there the water was 60 degrees, so it was freezing but it looked really fun because the water was really clear and calm. 

Swinging Bridge Trail Head, Wawona in Yosemite.
Swinging Bridge Trail Head in Wawona.
Merced River in Wawona inside Yosemite Park.
Merced River in Wawona inside Yosemite Park near Swinging Bridge.

Question: Anything kids should know who like to fish?

Fishing season doesn’t start until April in the park. The fish you can catch during the season are brown trout. You can catch up to five and rainbow trout is catch and release.

Question: We stayed at the Redwoods in Yosemite. Why is this a fun place to stay?

It’s was a cabin with a huge backyard. There was a fireplace too and it’s like having a house to stay in instead of a hotel. We could walk to Swinging Bridge and the Merced river from the Redwoods in Yosemite too.

Redwoods in Yosemite Cabin.
The cabin we stayed at in Redwoods in Yosemite.

Question: What was your favorite thing we did in Yosemite and why is this a cool thing for kids to do?

I loved dinner at the Wawona Hotel. The Casear salad was phenomenal and visiting Glacier Point. But I think the #1 thing every kid should see is Tunnel View!

We have a lot more photos from our visit to Yosemite., so if you go to the @52Perfectdays Instagram account or any of our social accounts you can see them all.

Want to know more? Click here for more about Yosemite or the Redwoods in Yosemite.


A huge thank you to Redwoods in Yosemite. for their generous hospitality. Roland and I were guests of their cabins, but as always, all opinions are our own, regardless of who’s footing the bill.

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