However, before long, we spotted large and small lakes in between the rolling golden hills, with waves shining like silver under the azure sky. That could be the answer, we think. Later on, the well-managed large-scale farms catch our eyes. The farms seem to be operated by individual farmers, which is easily proved by the commonplace hand-written signboards and small stalls beside those farms along the road, claiming “GOOD AVOCADO, 6 for $1” and similar things. All farms we see deploy mechanized techniques to boost efficiency and cut down expenditure on labor, which is quite different from the agricultural environment of the region where we live in China. In China, there are limited and irregularly shaped paddy fields. They depend largely on a labor force to grow and take care of the fields. All we see astonishes us and helps expand our horizon.
After a sharp turn of the bus, the valley suddenly reveals its true appearance. As soon as we see it, we mistook it for an unspoiled dreamland that only exists in fantasy. Sheer cliffs in the distance spring up among dark forests underneath, with a skinny yet tall and torrential waterfall hanging over the surprisingly flat precipices. There is even a rainbow rising in the mist, which greatly adds to the marvelous beauty of Yosemite. What a masterpiece of nature!
Later, we wander amid gigantic sequoias and have eye contact with those wildlife fairies. We bow down to touch the mossy stones and feel the refreshing torrents flowing through our fingers. We reach to the bottom of Yosemite Fall and step to the top of Vernal Fall to hear the roar and feel the mist that the falls generate surround us. We feel the whole weekend at Yosemite is too good to be real.
Overall, if any of you are interested in landscape of Yosemite National Park, here are some tips.
First, inform your family members, friends, teachers, or anyone concerned about your whereabouts. Yosemite is a detached paradise, which means it sometimes has no signals for phones calls and/or internet connection! Tell them everything beforehand or they could get very worried.
Second, bring books, cards, or any off-line time killers. For those of you who are “network addicts”, you don’t want to spend a boring night in a disconnected environment, do you?
Third, bring swimming suits and waterproof gadgets or clothing - alternative clothing helps too. Yosemite is famous for its waterfalls and creeks. There are many chances to safely swim, raft, or simply just get wet from getting too close to the mist around waterfalls. Thus having these things at hand will ensure a more joyful trip. Also, DO NOT violate rules or ignore safety instructions!
Last, wear SUNCREEN! Don’t let the ultraviolet light hurt your delicate skin! This is extremely important especially in the mountain area