Who are you and where are you from?
My name is Teagan Maddux! I am an outdoor adventure photographer and content creator currently based in San Diego.
What National Park did you visit?
We spent the day exploring Yosemite National Park. Easily one of my all time favorite parks!
What were you most looking forward to about visiting this National Park?
I hadn’t been to Yosemite in almost two years! So I was really just looking forward to being there in general. Being in the presence of those grand granite walls and standing below raging waterfalls is exhilarating and humbling all at once. It’s definitely a feeling I find myself craving and Yosemite absolutely provides that!
What was your favorite part of the journey?
I’d say my favorite part of our journey was hiking up to Vernal Falls. It’s about a 4 mile hike round trip and it’s very very popular. For a good a reason though! I could stand and watch that waterfall all day if I could. It really takes your breath away. And I’m sure the steep mist covered staircase helps as well.
Do you have any tips for anyone planning on visiting this National Park?
I’d recommend getting there as early as possible. Sunrises are absolutely beautiful in the park no matter where you watch them. And since it is one of the most popular National Parks, avoid weekends if you can.
"Being in the presence of those grand granite walls and standing below raging waterfalls is exhilarating and humbling all at once."
Did you find any hidden gems along the way?
I don’t think this is necessarily a hidden gem, but having a picnic in the meadow below Half Dome after a hike felt like we were in paradise. From now on picnics in that meadow will be mandatory every time I visit!
Did you learn anything new during your trip?
That I need to go to Yosemite more often.
What was your go-to song in the car during the trip?
We listened to Doo Doo Doo by Cherub and Sheep by Mt. Joy a bunch. Two of my all time favorite songs.