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Getting to Know Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

Welcome to Yosemite through my lens.

We were overwhelmed by the park’s immensity and power.

So much so that I will keep the words out this time around and just leave you with the photos.

You may want to stick around until the end… there are bears!

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  • Your pictures are absolutely amazing, I can’t wait to go to Yosemite! We will be in San Francisco in the summer (first time as a family) and Yosemite is the only thing we have planned so far – yes, over 6 months in advance, that’s how much we want to go 🙂

    • one tiny leap

      Thanks Marta! How lucky!! I’ve got some San Francisco posts coming in the next few weeks which you may like 🙂 We LOVED Yosemite, but were only there for a day which wasn’t enough really. Are you camping? If you’re planning to, make a note on your calendar for the reservation opening day as it’s silly busy! We tried an hour after opening and it was all full!

      • I’ll look out for it, thank you! We will be based in San Francisco: we agreed a home exchange there and will have a car too, so the plan is to have some some day trips and an overnight stay in Yosemite. Nothing is really set out yet, a part from the house, so Ill be looking for loads of inspiration! Thank you for the heads up about booking: I would have actually left it to the last minute…

        • one tiny leap

          Oh lovely!! San Francisco is such fun. Good luck getting the camping 🙂 We ended up staying in a cabin at the Mariposa KOA, which was ok.

  • Gorgeous photos – looks like an amazing kids experience

    • one tiny leap

      Thank you! We had a blast, but only just a day in the NP which was a shame. Not nearly enough to go hiking, so we’d love to go back!


    BEAUTIFUL photos!! What a magical place!

    • one tiny leap

      Thank you 🙂 It was beyond gorgeous, and BEARS!!

  • Helena Lemon

    I’ve been there several times, it’s my husband’s old stomping grounds as a child. He has such fond memories and this post shows me why!

    • one tiny leap

      Ooh, so lucky! Must be incredible visiting as a child, my son loved it (despite the minor tantrums!).

  • Wander Mum

    Beautiful pictures. Yosemite is somewhere I am very keen to visit #whatevertheweather

    • one tiny leap

      Thank you! It was really spectacular and unique.

  • WorldWideWithKids

    Amazing photography! We have yet to explore the USA with our kids, thanks for the inspiration with this post!

    • one tiny leap

      Thank you 🙂

  • Gorgeous photography! I would love to go there when we go back to the USA.

    • one tiny leap

      Thanks Jennifer, it is something else!

  • Life Unexpected

    Yosemite looks jaw droppingly incredible!! I am in awe of how vast it is and how stunning. It must have felt so strange standing there and taking it all in, in person. So beautiful. We’re planning our world travels at the moment for some point in the next two years. National Parks like this are on the top of the list. So natural and so stunning. Thank you so much for linking to #whatevertheweather xx

    • one tiny leap

      Oh, that’s so exciting!! I’d love to know more about your future travels 🙂 If you have any questions on budgets, etc feel free to get in touch xx

  • Coombe Mill (Fiona)

    Oh my goodness, were you really that close up with the bears? That is crazy but wonderful! Did they see you and how safe did you feel? I remember seeing one in Canada but we were right next to the car which I was glad of. the park looks so vast and stunning with some serious high vantage points. Thank you so much for popping over to share on Country Kids.

    • one tiny leap

      Pretty close actually, but not ‘too close’, they were up a hill on top of our road, so not too close. There’s a funny thing in some of the US national parks: if someone stops the car on the road, it’s a sign they’ve spotted some wildlife, so you’re guaranteed to have at least 5-10 cars stop there within a few minutes. It’s crazy. We actually spotted this mama and cubs, so stopped our car and just took some snaps really quickly (I was so fast that my photos are all out of focus!). Sure enough within a minute we were stuck as cars were just stopping on this narrow road – crazy. The park was gorgeous, I wish we had more time to explore it and do some hiking… hopefully next time 😀

  • How beautiful and exciting to get so close to wildlife. I used to love climbing around boulders as a kid – such simple, wholesome fun #countrykids

    • one tiny leap

      Climbing the boulders was definitely his favourite part 🙂

  • Fantastic views!!

  • Stunning photos!

    • one tiny leap

      Thanks Urska!

  • Jenny Eaves

    Such stunning photographs as always! How lucky to see bears as well, assuming they were a fair distance away though? The scenery looks amazing, I would love to visit some of America’s national park’s, of course Yellowstone was always on my list, but now Yosemite is definitely on there too!
    Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

    • one tiny leap

      Thanks Jenny 🙂 They were fairly far (enough not to feel threatened by people), but still such an amazing experience to see them forage for food, and see the cubs clumsily following their mama! Thanks for hosting #whatevertheweather

  • Oh, I am so in love with Yosemite since we visited this year. You photos are truly amazing. What? you guys saw a bear? We didn’t have the opportunity to bump into one (even though we saw tons of wildlife including a mountain lion).

    • one tiny leap

      We were so lucky with the bears! But I can’t believe you saw a mountain lion..?! That’s incredible!

  • Yosemite is one place I long to go to – and seeing your photos have confined that. The shots of the bear. Just wow. I am very jealous but glad I can see it through your expert eyes. Happy new year and thanks for linking up with #MondayEscapes

    • one tiny leap

      Happy New Year Ting! We loved our Yosemite experience and were only sad we couldn’t stay longer…! Thanks for hosting #MondayEscapes

  • Fermin Lucky

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  • wow amazing pictures, especially the bear ones!! Would love to return to Yosemite x

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