Take a Hike! Inspiration Trip to Yosemite National Park

If you’ve read our blog postabout the last Urban Tree we created and installed down by San Diego Bay, you’ll know that much of our inspiration comes during times of retreat, especially to open spaces in nature. I suppose our brains and hearts breathe a bit easier around all those trees. This past summer we were been busy making many things, but we also made a trip up to Yosemite National Park for a good dose of R&I (rest & inspiration). Yosemite Sentinel Dome Black and White Photo View of Half Dome

Yosemite Park Coffee View of Half Dome

Shawn Michael took some new gadgets for his camera, and I took a sketchbook and journal, but the most vivid images live in brilliant flashes of experience in our minds.  Sadly, these are difficult to share with others, so some photos and words will have to do (for now). May this post give you a bit of inspiration, perhaps to go for a hike, or a drive to some spaces a bit wider and more open than our urban habitats.

On our first and last day in Yosemite, we hiked to the top of Sentinel Dome, the second-highest viewpoint in the park. It was our first hike after a 9-hour drive through the night, and what an exhilarating view we encountered at the top!  On our last day, we said good-bye to Yosemite by hiking the trail again in the dark hours of the morning, and arriving on the solitary Dome just before sunrise (with coffee in hand).

Counting the Rings on a fallen tree

Texture Study

I was fascinated by the textures I encountered on the trip.  The massive granite cliff faces, the tunnel of pine needles on our way to Artists Point, the swirling summer grasses of the meadows, undulating in

gentle breezes.  The day we went swimming in the pool at the base of Lower Yosemite Falls, the thrilling texture of my skin as the needling sheets of water pelting our frigid bodies left me wondering why more people don’t sit under natural waterfalls. The texture of soil, soot, and sand from our campsite did not thrill me – but the glorious cleansing after a dip in a river gave us all a more profound appreciation for a bar of soap!

Here’s a gallery of some of my favorite textures discovered in Yosemite.  In a place that inspires with vast, dominant landscapes of gigantic geological forms, the miniscule happened to be just as


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