They call it: Smackdown: Yellowstone vs. Yosemite—America’s best national park
Both Y parks are both great. Let’s see.
Yellowstone: It’s huge, the geysers are neat, you can set your watch by Old Faithful, see buffalo and grizzlies and elk and its 67 species of mammals is the most in the lower 48 states. It’s been a National Park since 1872 – but only because there was not state then to replicate the Yosemite Grant. It has 206 waterfalls, but most are dinky – the tallest is 300 ft. The highest peak is 11,000 feet.
Yosemite: It has the huge valley with cliffs 3,000 feet above the beautiful valley. We have docile black bears that know their place. We had Buffalo Soldiers! We have the great grey owl. We have the Sequoia trees. We’ve been around since 1864. We have 29 waterfalls over 100 feet. The tallest in North America. We have 250 species of birds. We can go over 13,000 feet.
But the tie breaker: WE HAVE HALF DOME. Neener, neener, neener.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Why don’t you come with me little girl, on a magic carpet ride? You don’t know what we can see. Why don’t you tell your dreams to me? Fantasy will set you free” – Steppenwolf
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com