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Sunday, May 28, 2017

What Was Yosemite Like Way Back When?

Above, El Capitan shrouded in clouds. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Practically ever since it was discovered, Yosemite National Park has always been popular with people and with photographers in particular.

The best known Yosemite photographer was Ansel Adams. His photographs of the park are famous and there's an Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite Village.

The San Francisco Chronicle has a photo gallery article on Yosemite over the years with 46 photos from over the years.

It begins with:
Yosemite is undeniably beautiful and crowded these days — but it's always been that way. 
Back in June of 1866, a Chronicle headline read: "Yosemite Getting Popular." According to the story, "There seems to be a mania for visiting the Yosemite this year, and already there has been about as many there as the average of any of the past five seasons."  
Fast forward to 2017 and a Google search of "Yosemite crowds" yields articles like, "How crowded is 'crowded'?" and "Yosemite Slammed," not to mention a plethora of articles advising visitors how to avoid the herd. Sound familiar?
Above, The Beast at Yosemite's North Pines Campground last year. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Although there were plenty of people in Yosemite when I camped there last year, the crowds weren't overwhelming. That's one advantage of being retired. Retirees can travel whenever they want and when the mood moves them, especially during the off-season.

To see the gallery, go here.

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