Thursday, June 11, 2015
After the Meadow, I headed into Yosemite Valley to Happy Isles, one of the less touristy areas, and to the Happy Isles restored "fen" - a peat-forming wetland fed by moving groundwater. The Fen restoration project began in 2002. Today the wetland is a functioning fen habitat that provides nesting and feeding for many species. A sweet boardwalk provides the only access. While on the boardwalk I saw only one small group of hikers. They were headed to the mist trail which leads to Vernal and Nevada Falls, and if you have the stamina, Half Dome.
Although Yosemite is the third most visited National Park in the United States with nearly 4 million visitors a year, it is possible to find serene, natural spaces where one can experience nature at their own pace.