Where’s the Snow?

February 25, 2014

On this winter day the weather was so mild and sunny in Yosemite National Park that it seemed more like a spring afternoon.  Chris and I were going to hike a trail that is usually good for snowshoeing (except this year): the Rockefeller Grove Trail.  We wanted to see the sugar pines and explore the area for future snowshoeing trips.

Merced Grove trailhead is across the street from the Rockefeller Grove trailhead.

Merced Grove trailhead is across the street from the Rockefeller Grove trailhead.

When we arrived at the trailhead, we were greeted with a “road closed” sign.  Even though the fire is out, a very large section is still closed due to the Rim Fire that began last summer.  The Merced Grove of Giant Sequoias was nearby, but neither of us felt like hiking that trail.  Instead, we drove to the Church Bowl picnic area in the valley.

We sat at a picnic table in the warm sun.  Brittle-looking leaves rattled across the ground in the breeze.  A squawking raven perched on a nearby table then begged for a tasty morsel of our lunch.

We stopped at the Village Store and bought sandwiches and salad for lunch.

We stopped at the Village Store and bought sandwiches and salad for lunch.

Afterwards, we strolled down the secluded path to a perfect viewpoint of Yosemite Falls.  Comfortable in our silence, we sat in the shade on a cold granite bench.  Nature’s symphony played out before us: the thundering bass of Yosemite Falls crashing down complimented the high pitched creek that trickled gracefully by.  No wonder John Muir built his cabin here.  The sights and the sounds are beautiful.

A view from the bench of Yosemite Falls and Yosemite Creek.  The rock marks the spot where John Muir had a small cabin.

A view of Yosemite Falls and Yosemite Creek. The rock marks the spot where John Muir had a small cabin.

As we left the area, we came upon a bobcat pursued by several enthusiastic shutterbugs.  We watched in wonder as it pounced on an unlucky victim, a rodent perhaps or just playing.

The bobcat blended in well to its surroundings.

Camouflaged

I can’t help but wonder what the critters throughout Yosemite are thinking about the mild winter we are experiencing, opposite of the rest of the country.  Maybe they’re asking, “Where’s the snow?”  The weather forecast for the following day was to be stormy with a chance of two feet of much-needed snow.   Weather permitting, next time we’ll bring our snowshoes.  But for this trip, we were blessed with another pleasant afternoon in our favorite park.

Half Dome in the background.

Half Dome in the background.

11 thoughts on “Where’s the Snow?

  1. Dad

    How I’d love to spend a relaxing day in Yosemite. 🙂 Loved the picture of the bobcat. How far away when you took that shot?

    Dad

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    1. Janet Post author

      I know you would, Dad. I hope you get to someday. We were very near the bobcat. This is the second time I’ve seen a bobcat in the valley.

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