If you are travelling in and around eastern central California (whether that be San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles, or even Las Vegas) right now; you may want to check out Yosemite National Park. The park is offering guests and tourist an all-natural spectacle of tremendous proportions, and it is something that you can only really catch once a year. Visitors have been in awe of the incredible ‘firefall’ at Horsetail falls that gives out an organic illumination display at the national park … and it is a sight that travelers do not want to miss.
Perfect to check out at dusk or when the sun is setting (as the light from the sunset hits the water fall at just the right angle, causing this ‘firefall’ illusion); the natural light offers a bright orange-like lava illusion off the cliff of Yosemite.
CNN reported that Scott Gediman, spokesperson for the National Park Service, states that because of the recent rain and snow that has been had, the waterfall is bigger than it has been in a while.
And now with social media being all the rage, visitors come from all over the globe to see the waterfall, snap some photos and then jumped on Instagram to post the awe-inspiring pics.
Should you be one of those snap-happy Instagramers, or simply someone who just wants to see the incredible view and capture its beauty; Yosemite’s website states that the best angle for a photo is the El Capitan picnic section at the park. However, you will want to get their early, to claim your spot. Gediman notes that some snap happy visitors get to the area as early as 9 a.m. to secure their spot for a photo.
According to Gediman, this is fine with Yosemite officials, as long as visitors are respectful of the park and you take with you what you brought in. He also encourages guests to bring water, food, additional clothes, and tire chains (because of weather conditions).
If you missed this year’s illumination, don’t be discouraged … there’s always next year! The spectacle only occurs for about two weeks or so in February and the park attracts hundreds of guests each night; people looking to soak up the beauty that this attraction brings. If you can’t make it in 2017, simply just start planning for a 2018 trip … now! The ‘firefall’ is certainly a bucket list attraction for any avid traveler.