Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Tourists everywhere

foreign tourist

Another ubiquitous element in Yosemite National Park is the tourists. And not just any tourists, foreign tourists. They come from everywhere on earth to visit the grandeur and exhibition of beauty that is Yosemite. In one afternoon, my wife and I spoke to a family from Israel, a couple from Australia, and these gentlemen from Kansas and France.

Steve Rhoades, on the right, is from Kansas while Joseph Fischer is from France. They work for a major manufacturer of farm vehicles and were in California to give a lecture on maintenance to local distributors when Steve decided to show Joseph some sites.

We met them at Mariposa Grove when they were taking pictures of each other in front of one of the giant sequoia trees. I asked if they wanted me to take a picture of them together in front of the tree. During the ensuing conversation they told us that this was the only section of Yosemite National Park they were going to visit, so we encouraged them to continue their drive and see the tunnel view of Yosemite valley. It was well worth their time. Just by luck, we met them again at the parking lot that overlooks Yosemite valley that you see in the background.

People are so fascinating. What strangers have you met in Yosemite?

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