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Tipping The Balance

Tipping The Balance

"It's hard to see a river all at once, especially in the mountains. Down on the plains, rivers run in their course as straightforward as time, channeled toward the sea. But up in the headwaters, a river isn't a point where you stand. In the beginnings of the river, you teeter on the edge of a hundred tiny watersheds where one drop of water is always tipping the balance from one stream to another. History changes with each tiny event, shaping an outcome that we can only fully grasp in hindsight. And that view changes as we move farther downstream." ~ Lynn Noel

The “Portal View” along Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120) near the tunnels provides great views of El Capitan, Half Dome, Cathedral Rock, and the Yosemite Valley. Far below is the Merced River leading to Yosemite Valley with Bridalveil Falls in the distance pouring out of Cathedral Rock and its spires to feed the Merced.