Too Nu Yah — The Enchanted Valley of Yosemite
A Historical Novel
An Excerpt from Too Nu Yah Ever since its discovery by white men in 1851, Yosemite has been in danger of being 'loved to death.' By far the most common complaint from today's visitor is that the valley is too crowded. Most visitors wonder what it would have been like to view it as the Native Americans first saw it. This book gives the reader a chance to see it that way--through the eyes of a fictitious couple that explore the valley nearly a decade before the Mariposa Battalion 'discovers' it. But the accompanying photos, many taken in the peak year of 1996 when Yosemite had 4.2 million visitors, show it much as it must have looked to the Ahwahneechees. It does take a little time and effort to capture views of Yosemite in its pristine state, but it can be done--perhaps not on a bus tour, and not on a single trip or even in a single season. Like wooing a shy maiden, one must be patient and persistent to fully savor the beauty of Yosemite.