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Happy Birthday Yosemite!

150 years of natural beauty

On June 30, 1864, President Lincoln signed a land grant to protect the Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove. It was the first time the United States set aside land to preserve its majestic beauty for future generations.

Here are some of our favorite photos of the Yosemite Valley from our recent trip to the park.

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View of the valley, featuring Half Dome, from Olmstead Point
View of El Capitan
View of El Capitan
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Yosemite Falls is the focus for much of the activity in the Valley.
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It is truly awe inspiring.
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Yosemite Falls viewed from the Merced River.
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Half Dome with people relaxing on a beach by the Merced River.
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The hike to Vernal Falls is green and mossy.
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Vernal Falls rushes by.

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Published on Jun 30 2014