At Olmsted Point in Yosemite National Park, along Highway 120 there are a few interesting things to see, if you like that type of thing, that is?
I used to have a Geology Teacher in Sacramento, who took our class on a field trip to Yosemite. Before we went, he showed us a number of slides pointing out Geological Features, and how they were created.
These boulders are known as Erratics. They didn’t fall down from somewhere, as there is nowhere to fall down from. Not at Olmsted Point anyway, but my Teacher showed us some slide from this place with someone he knew, posing on top of one of these stones. “Two Erratics in Yosemite” was his explanation, which was one of those subtle Geology Jokes, along with a woman sitting on a stone in another location, “A picture of 2 Dikes, which should have been spelled Dyke, which gives it an entirely different meaning, then that in Geology!
Don’t point any fingers at me, and tell me that was not politically correct! After all, I was on the course, taking notes, and trying to interpret exactly what the teacher was talking about?!
Here is what Merriam Webster has to say about Erratics: transported from an original resting place especially by a glacier <an erratic boulder>
You see, Yosemite was created more or less by the action of glaciers moving ice here and there, transporting those boulders from someplace else to Olmsted Point to enhance its scenic values!
Here are a few more shots of Erratics, to show you that I did indeed concentrate on other things than sunbathing women, and marauding bears!
See how interesting Olmsted Point is?
Here is a rather longish link to a 360 degree Google look at this very spot:
Whew! That was one doozy of a link!
But don’t worry, as there is one more blog to go from this highway stop over, and it will be something special for you lovers out there!
Next Time: Show me your slabs, baby!