of July 9, 2001
to Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park is a beautiful place to
visit, especially during the summer. To help you enjoy your vacation,
we have filled this page with trivia about Yosemite.
Incomparable Valley." -- Well known words describing Yosemite
Valley. The story of Yosemite began about 500 million years ago
when the area lay beneath an ancient sea. Yosemite Valley's sheer
walls and flat floor (or U-shape) was created by glaciers. Glaciers
flowed down the Merced River and carried away the weaker rock, leaving
the harder portions, like El Capitan and Cathedral Rocks. In contrast,
the area just west of the park is V-shaped because the glaciers
did not extend this far.
View of Yosemite National Park. El Capitan
is on the left, Bridalveil Fall is on the right, and Half Dome is
in the center off in the distance.
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Yosemite Fun-Book: A Kid's Guide to Yosemite
This book is featured in John
Muir's Books. This title says it all --
A FUN BOOK and KID'S GUIDE TO YOSEMITE! Whether or
not you vacation in Yosemite, this book offers hours of coloring,
games, riddles, puzzles, activities, and pure enjoyment. Did
you know Yosemite Falls is the highest waterfall in North
America? My favorite part of the book is the cartoon map of Yosemite
Valley in the centerfold; it has everything including Half Dome,
Yosemite Falls, the Merced River, El Capitan, and even the Visitor
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This Week's Trivia Question:
What is the tallest waterfall in Yosemite
waterfall in Yosemite National Park
of the following people is the primary author of the Declaration
of Independence: Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson,
or Patrick Henry?
In 1776, the Second Continental Congress appointed a committee to
draft the Declaration of Independence, consisting of Thomas Jefferson,
Ben Franklin, John Adams, Robert Livingston, and Roger Sherman.
Did you know the Declaration
of Independence begins with the words, "When in the course of human
a book about Thomas Jefferson.
Photos from Left to
Right: Ben Franklin,
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you know Yosemite is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range?
Yes, Yosemite National
Park is located in the Sierra Nevadas in central California. Yosemite's
spectacular natural beauty includes Half Dome, El Capitan, Glacier
Point, Tuolumne Meadows, Tenaya Lake, Merced River, Mirror Lake,
Mariposa Grove, Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Fall, Nevada Fall, Vernal
Fall, Sentinel Rock, Royal Arches, North Dome, Sentinel Dome, Clouds
Rest, and The Three Brothers. Have you seen any of these sites?
Photo: Taken just before
sunset, looking at Half
Dome from Glacier Point with the Sierra
Nevada Mountain Range in the background. This is a perfect spot
to watch sunrise, sunset, full moon rise, and to look at the night
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Muir was a great person and cared about
nature and the environment. I'm so thankful for his work in protecting
places of great natural beauty, like Yosemite and Alaska. I'm also
glad he started the Sierra Club to continue on his work."
-- Bob. Read
a book about John Muir.
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Was Yosemite National Park the first national park?
the first National Park was Yellowstone
National Park established on March 1,
National Park was established on October
1, 1890. Yosemite contains 747,956 acres or 1,169 square miles.
Did you know Yosemite is about
the size of Rhode Island? The park ranges from 2,000 feet above
sea level to more than 13,000 feet. Did
you know Mt. Lyell (13,114 feet) is the highest point
in the park? Yosemite has beautiful waterfalls including Yosemite
Falls (2,424 feet), Bridalveil Fall (620 feet), Nevada Fall (594
feet), and Vernal Fall (317 feet). These waterfalls reach their
maximum flow in May and June.
Fall and the Merced River.
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