When hubby and I visited Yosemite National Park in June, the Merced River was raging lower in the park, but at this area, it was peaceful. Quite a few rafters were out enjoying the water. Look how calm the river looks. But, don't be deceived. This is a powerful river! Yes, these are pics of the same river, but further downstream! Interesting, eh? Nature Notes for July 29, 2010. Enjoy your day!