Happy 121st Birthday, Yosemite National Park

October 1, 2011
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Yosemite National Park's 121st Anniversary

Yosemite National Park's 121st Anniversary

Few places can match the pure grandeur of Yosemite National Park. On Oct. 1, 1890, the U.S. Congress reserved more than 1,000 square miles of “forest lands” in the Eastern/Central part of California. With that action, Yosemite, which had been named the nation’s first “State Park” by President Lincoln back in 1964, morphed into a national park.

It’s an amazing place to visit any time of the year, with activities for the hard-core adventurer to families with young children. The scenery is unbeatable: everywhere you look are beautiful trees, rippling streams, glassy lakes, waterfalls, or interesting rock formations. Not to mention the iconic landmarks, such as Half Dome, Bridal Veil, and Mariposa Grove.

Barring a trip to the park itself, we humbly submit that a fine way to acknowledge the park’s anniversary is to read (or re-read) Charles Hodgkins “Several Days in Yosemite’s Backcountry” series, here on O.O. Or just check out a few photos from the gallery below.

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