Wanderlust - Yosemite National Park

With the summer in the rear view and my work schedule getting far more intense, getaways will be in short supply.  As a person who suffers from a serious case of wanderlust, I can't help but put some thought toward the next escape, preferably to a place "out West" that I haven't sampled before. It pains me that I haven't experienced more of what America has to offer outside of the Eastern seaboard. 

This is the time of year when my mind starts to venture to other places...and right now it's in Yosemite...

Photo: The Desert Review

Photo: Wikipedia

Photo: YosemitePark.com

Photo: Moutaingear.com

Photo: Yosemitehikes.com

Beautiful, right?

Anybody have any experience either vacationing and/or fishing Yosemite National Park? I'd love to learn more about your experience. Should this be a family trip, or better as a "bro-based" fishing getaway? The pictures above are great, but this is somewhere I definitely want to make a point to see with my own eyes, maybe even in 2016.


  1. I haven't been yet, I keep hoping they announce the 2016 Tenkara Summit there ;)

    In all seriousness, I too have wanted to get out there really badly. Looks incredible.

    1. I love the scale of everything out West. This would be too beautiful to pass up.

  2. You didn't even begin to touch RMNP. It's calling you.

    1. Oh, I know...could probably spend a year there and still not see everything. I'll be back.

  3. I'm the same way, Mike. I'm a notorious "window shopper" of places to go once fall and winter arrive. I've been wanting to venture West, and look forward to seeing the replies you receive, because, I would love the same type of intel.

    1. Right?

      We should set up a blogger get together or something at some place like this. Odds of anyone attending would probably be slim, but for those that did...damn.

  4. You should take the whole family. While you may fish less, Your daughter will never forget the trip. When I was 14, we flew out to Denver and did a big western swing -- drove up to Estes Park, Yellowstone, Glacier, Bryce, Zion, Mesa Verde, Grand Canyon, 4 Corners. This teenager was definitely not too cool for that trip with mom, dad, and the little sister, and I still remember it 30+ years later.

    -- Greg

    1. Man I hope you're right. I'd love to take the family, my only fear is that they really aren't outdoorsy (my wife doesn't do bugs, the kid puts in about a half hour and gives up). Would hate to drag them across the country only to not have it be enjoyable for them.

  5. We went during Mother's day weekend. They have a nice lodge, the Ahwahnee, that serves a fancy brunch (I think you need reservations). The shops were open, not too crowded, and the waterfalls were flowing. You could still drive without too much traffic and find a parking spot at the photo stops. The park has tons of stuff for the family - bicycles, horses, family adventure. You could trade a fishing day for you with a spa day for her (Tenaya lodge).

  6. tuolumne meadows in the summer is great small stream fishing. Yosemite valley is a bit of a circus, but would work great for family. Back to tuolumne, pretty much dry flies only. I've never fished tenkara, but would imagine this is the ideal location. I've taken complete newbies up there and they had 30 fish days.


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