Monday, July 19, 2010

A Bear Sighting

A black bear sighting at Yosemite National Park caused a commotion inside our tour bus. We were informed that there's no possibility that we'll see any bears that day. Thus, the excitement. gelakguling



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American black bears aren't all black and can have a variety of colors such as brown, cinnamon, blond and even white. The coat color changes due to climate or habitat and also used as camouflage.

"Yosemite bears eat mainly a vegetarian diet that consists of grasses, herbs, berries and nuts. Manzanita berries & acorns are some favorites in Yosemite. Other sources of food include ants, termites, yellow jackets, bees and various insect larvae they pull out of logs or from the ground. It is less common for black bears to eat meat but when in dire need of food they will kill small deer and consume animal remains left by other predators." - Yosemite Bear Facts

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Highest Waterfall


Yosemite Falls is the highest measured waterfall in North America. It's 2,425 ft from the top of the upper falls to the base of the lower falls. Yosemite Falls qualifies as the sixth highest waterfall in the world, though with the recent discovery of Gocta Cataracts, it appears on some lists as seventh.

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"Lower Falls: The final 318 ft drop adjacent to an accessible viewing area,
provides the most-used viewing point for the waterfalls. Yosemite Creek
emerges from the base of the Lower Falls and flows into the Merced River nearby."
-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yosemite_Falls
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The lower cascade almost become non-existent or turns into a trickle during the dry season. Since it rained a lot during previous months, we still got to see it in its full glory.

The downside to this place is that it gets very crowded especially on hot summer days.

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Some opted to cool down in the creek near the base of the waterfall.

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Monday, July 5, 2010

Alamere Falls


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We went to see Alamere Falls in Point Reyes - Bolinas, CA. There's a 3.5 mile hike to Alamere Falls starting at Palomarin Trailhead.

This is the uppermost section of the Alamere falls.



There are 4 sections, the last one is 40 ft cascading to the ocean. It's the first waterfall I've seen that cascades directly to the sea. Quite unique in this regard.

The trail towards it isn't for the faint of heart & children because of the steep descent & ascent. But it was totally worth it. The cascades are breathtaking!

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