Experience Yosemite like a Mama Bear

We love traveling here at Mango Muse Events and we’re blessed to get to travel for our clients and also just for fun.  I recently took a trip to Yosemite National Park and I was blown away.  Actually, I’m always blown away by our national parks, they are all amazing in their own ways.

View of Half Dome and part of the Yosemite valley taken by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

While I love visiting cities and all there is to do and see, visiting national parks makes you feel so much more connected to the earth.  You really feel like an explorer.  Not an urban explorer, but a wild explorer.  It’s a different experience and one we’re all lucky to have the opportunity to experience.

Merced river and Yosemite valley taken by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

Yosemite is particularly breathtaking for its various scenery.  You can go up high to Glacier Point or hike to Half Dome or climb to El Capitan and see the world from a completely different point of view.  Then you can go to the valley floor and experience the mist off of a waterfall and the serenity of a meadow.

A rainbow at Bridal Veil Falls in the Yosemite National Park taken by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

And yes you can get married there as well.  A park ranger that gave us a tour told me of how there have even been at least 2 weddings happen at the heart of El Capitan, which I think sounds so cool if you’re a climber.  That is a destination wedding experience!

The heart of El Capitan at Yosemite National Park taken by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you’ll know that the Obama family were just visiting Yosemite as well and experiencing all the beauty Yosemite has to offer.  If you’ve not been to Yosemite, I strongly urge you to go.  While there are roads, and a visitor’s center, and a shuttle and other modern amenities, when you get past that and go on a hike or sit on a rock overlooking the valley, you feel the enormity of the land.  You feel small, but in a good way.  You feel lucky to be surrounded by such natural beauty.  And most importantly you feel the need to protect it.

A birds eye view of Yosemite National Park taken by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

The park ranger I mentioned earlier was also telling us about how the Yosemite national park came to be and the various people who fought to protect it, to keep it preserved to be enjoyed by all.  I’m so glad they did, but I also feel the urge to protect it myself like a mama bear.  We all need to take care of it like mama bears.  It’s too beautiful to be destroyed or ruined by us and by global warming.

We produce change and while change can be good, it can also hurt the natural things of this world.  I fear that we could lose a beautiful place like this if we aren’t careful.  Whenever we travel it’s important to leave a place as we found it or better and I only hope that 100 years from now Yosemite is just as beautiful.  Become a mama bear like me, and protect the beauty that we’re lucky to experience.

Tree covered valley floor at Yosemite National Park taken by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

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