If I had to express my ideal version nature, I would describe tall, towering pine trees, lush green grass, gushing waterfalls, sparkling rivers endless mountains and massive cliffs. After arriving at Yosemite National Park, I thought I had died and gone to nature-lover’s heaven. My ideal was now right in front of my eyes, in all its luscious, sunshine-filled glory.
Growing up in Australia, going for a walk normally meant a hike through dense, dry bushland, cautiously avoiding long grass and the slithering creatures that lay in the midst. It was very refreshing to experience nature in an entirely new way. The only potential threat in this National Park are its black bears, and I totally wouldn’t have minded coming face to face with one of those cuddly creatures. At least until it clawed my face off. Unfortunately (or rather fortunately), the only creatures I came into contact with were the adorable squirrels that scurried around the forest, pausing to pose for photos and scavenge for food. You know you are from Australia when you still get excited about the sighting of a squirrel…
Yosemite National Park really was a dream, and I will definitely be back to explore its phenomenal beauty even further. My next venture is to climb to the top of the Half Dome, Yosemite’s most famous rock formation, and camp at the top… One day!
Next stop, San Francisco baby!