After the recent Vernal Falls tragedy in Yosemite my thoughts and condolences go out to the loved ones of those lost. Yosemite is one of the most beautiful places on this earth that inspires those who witness its brilliance. It is also a place that commands respect for the sheer power of its elements that created Yosemite. The valley was formed from glaciers carving through the hard granite for eons leaving behind what are Yosemite Valley and the Merced River.
I have gone to Yosemite since I was a child and each time I go I am awe-struck by the magnificence and splendor. I have hiked the Mist Trail to Vernal Falls more than 10 times and I can tell you from experience Vernal Falls is to be respected.
The hike on the Mist Trail is somewhat strenuous. On your way up, once you past the bridge there are many stairs that lead almost straight to the falls. On a hot day and when the water is strong, the waterfall gifts its hikers with cool relieving mist from the water crashing down. It is really an experience I think those who are able should attempt.
Once you’re at the top of Vernal Falls there are guard rails and signs that say basically do not go into the water or else you may die. It is in many languages. The beauty of it all is intoxicating but not to the point of irrationality and of throwing away one’s self preservation mechanism. The signs and rails are there for a reason. Abide them. I wouldn’t dare venture in those waters close to the falls.
Nature is something to be enjoyed but it is also to be respected. If it’s the ocean, waterfalls wild animals, whatever be smart and be safe and follow the posted signs.