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Yosemite National Park - Yosemite California

 

Do you believe in magic?  Yosemite National Park is a magical place where millions-of-year old mountains tower high above the Yosemite Valley floor, appearing to constantly change with rapid shifts in weather. 

 

The sun can be shining bright till banks of fog suddenly appear, or a rain or snow shower sweeps through unexpectedly.  Especially breathtaking are the waterfalls that cascade and skip over the surface of the mountains, landing in streams that flow gracefully through the meadows.

 

Home to the famous, often photographed Half Dome rock structure, Yosemite features more granite domes than any place on earth.  Massive granite domes form when large curved layers of rock exfoliate or slab off.

The Merced River watershed originates in Yosemite National Park's southeastern region, most in the Clark and Cathedral ranges in the high country. The river plunges over the Nevada and Vernal waterfalls, then meanders across the flat Yosemite valley floor. When it leaves this valley, it weaves, winds and descends down the Merced Canyon into the San Joaquin Valley.

 

Merced River has been designated a National Wild and Scenic River.