You have to work hard to be unimpressed at 3000 ft. granite monoliths like El Capitan and Half Dome, the graceful Merced River, and the breathtaking waterfalls on the Mist Trail and at every turn in Yosemite Nat’l Park. And don’t get me started on the 400 billion stars of the milky way that shine through the clear dark nights. The infinite creativity of God made evident in the processes of the natural world are truly awesome to behold. Did I mention that my family was in Yosemite last week?
Apparently, the Yosemite tribe that first lived in this area named it Awooni for “gaping mouth.” Awooni I was told, describes the valley’s gaping mouth-like appearance which its massive walls certainly display. Even so, I could think of another origin for the name Awooni (or Ahwahnee from which the hotel gets its name), and that’s the jaw-dropping awe and amazement that humans display when they first lay eyes upon it! That, in any case, was my child-like reaction at every turn.