As warmer weather approaches the snow begins to melt in the back country transforming the meandering creeks, streams, springs and rivers into torrents of rushing white water. Dozens of named and unnamed water falls and cascades appear on the valley walls filling the air with the song of water and ice.
Long before the word therapy came into cultural awareness, John Muir was preaching it!
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” — John Muir
In the spring, a natural symphony plays its seasonal arrangement among the rocks, trees and boulders. Its sound as varied and delicate as the smallest of musical wind chimes to the bass earth shaking notes that travel through the air and along the ground sending vibrations that can be felt in your bones. Relax, close your eyes, and let yourself drift away with the sounds of nature.
Along with the clean mountain, air the waterfalls fill the valley with negative ions, those carefree, odorless, tasteless, invisible molecules that we inhale with every breath, creating mood altering biochemical reactions. Want to decrease your stress, depression, and anxiety? Sit by a waterfall, stream, or river and just breath deeply while they neutralize free radicals, revitalize cell metabolism, enhance immune function, purify the blood, and balance the autonomic nervous system, promoting deep sleep and healthy digestion.
Many trails become accessible again such as the 4 Mile Trail, Vernal and Nevada Falls Trail, and the Upper Yosemite Falls Trail. The hiking is easy with little fear of slipping on ice or snow. Watch for deer, bobcats, coyotes, bears as well as the many birds that are returning to the park.
April through June is a great time to be in Yosemite. The trails are cool, dust free, and still relatively crowd free. As our lodge is 2000 feet above the valley floor, we might even get a late season snow storm or two while the valley receives the rain that will bring forth the new year's growth and wild flowers.
These late season storms don't last long. The ground is warm and the snow melts quickly affording our guests the opportunity to experience one last glimpse of winter while enjoying the embrace and promise of summer to come in the lower valleys.