Friday, October 24, 2008

Yosemite Valley Tunnel View

Yosemite Valley Tunnel View just recieved a $3 million make over. One of the most popular vistas in the park has undergone some changes that should make tourists happy. Six view-blocking trees have been removed and a separate spot for scenic viewing was built. The tunnel overlook is on Highway 41, just east of the Wawona Tunnel as you enter Yosemite Valley from the south. The view of the Yosemite Valley is spectacular from here and one of the first stops as you enter the park. The $3 million tunnel view project was the first out of the chute of four projects in Yosemite. The others are improvements to a junior ranger center at Happy Isles, a survey of lichen on Yosemite cliff faces and increasing from 13,000 to 17,000 the number of underserved youth participating in a weeklong camp program run by the Yosemite Institute. "This view truly depicts America the beautiful," said Hansen, of the Yosemite Fund, which took contributions from more than 2,000 donors to help pay for the project. "The improvements re-establish the promise of inspiration to those who visit Tunnel View."