Bags packed, car fuelled up. On the road again, destination: Yosemite. I’d heard about Yosemite through my interest in climbing and mountaineering. This is a place where legends such as Conrad Anker and Jimmy Chin spent hours honing their craft on the world famous El Capitan wall. A Unesco World Heritage site, Yosemite is one of the United States’ gems, truly an outdoor mecca. Known for its humbling rock faces and infinite redwood trees, this has been a place I've longed to visit for years.
There’s nothing like physically seeing a place for the first time. I had seen numerous pictures, videos and read articles about the park yet it completely surpassed all of my expectations. Over the past couple of years, I’ve made it my main goal to get out there and explore. Be it cycling through the Australian desert, sailing under the stars in the Pacific Ocean or watching the sunrise from central America’s highest point, I feel I've experienced some pretty awesome moments. This though, was definitely up there with the rest. As one enters the valley, sounds and sights are hard to keep up with. Arguably, this park represents a section of nature on a palette.
I guess I could go on about all that I saw and felt, yet I assure you that that won't quite cut it. How often does one see a photo, video, or read an article and feel like you’re sharing an experience with the creator? I assure you though, this is a false illusion. Creating a Pinterest or Tumblr account overflowing with picture perfect camping spots and epic sunsets wouldn't get you further than from your computer screen to the front door. I guess what I am getting at is the fact that; if you truly want to experience all that this amazing world has to offer, get out there, switch off that phone and explore. As Shakespeare famously said, "the world has music for those who listen". So turn the volume up and hit the road.