The massages were Great, they made sleeping on rocks and pine cones all the more bearable.
Just before the winter snap in Sierras, we enjoyed our breakfast on the nearly dry river, hiked through the hills with the descending deer around, and practiced our rope skills on a plainly unclimbable boulder.
This weekend we enjoyed a nice short car camping trip in Wawona with Tripp, Karen and Kira. We (the girls) enjoyed a river swim and rope swing, and we (all) walked many miles of trail throughout the Mariposa Grove, hearing a tree fall at 15:37 while on the park boundary trail, 2013-05-11. We made and cooked pizzas in celebration of the end of Andrew’s proclaimed Pizza Week and then spent some time setting protection for a few very-very short climbs. These climbs included two boulders (5.8) (with protection) @ 37.57887, -119.67930 and an attempt to climb Jacob’s Ladder (5.10c) in the valley – though found it to be beyond our skill-set.
Our weekend in North East Yosemite was clear and warm – and up hill. We did a quick in and out from the Soda Springs trail head on the East side of Toulome Meadows, pushed ourselves 6.89 miles to the Young Lakes some 2000 feet above The Meadow and tucked beneath the prominent Ragged Peak. There we rested, read, fished (with the wrong fly?), and enjoyed the beautifully crystal clear water and quiet peace of the high Sierra lake. The following day we woke to the brisk morning air and spectacular sunrise over the mirrored lake, packed our bags and traversed back down the hill another 7.02 miles, by way of Dog Lake, back to the car.
It was a whirlwind trip, but well worth the 9 hour travel time.
Another enjoyable summer hike. This time, up the Illilouette creek in Yosemite National Park with Tripp, Karen, and Kira.
Weather was good, and warmer than I packed for. Crowds were equally better than I’d expected. And most enjoyably, the water level was wonderfully high making for fun river crossings and some recreational fishing. I suppose my license, fly rod and the hope of getting some casting practice in inceased the weight of my pack for the weekend, but it was worth the entertainment of pursuing the tiny fish, which I’m guessing were rainbows?, and were about four inches long with a raging thirst for heavily worn flies that kind of looked like ants.
Also adding to the weekend was the ever present wild life, reptiles and insects on the hot dry trail down from Glacier Point, a grouse (Sooty Grouse according to their Birdwatcher List) along a lightly wooded trail to Illilouette Falls. Deer by the dozen within our campsite, obviously fish in the river by the school, and even a black bear and her cubs walking, digging, and playing along the road down from Glacier Point. Most fortunately for us, the mosquitos were dormant and our attempts to thwart them were unnecessary. [Visiting Yosemite soon? Have a look at their animal check lists] Next time we’ll be sure to bring along our edible plants list for the area to help augment our dining. (a guide?)
More so, I learned some better techniques for using a bear cache and I have a stronger understanding for how to prepare for Yosemite summers. All in all, the hike was a substantial success that has left me on the couch a day later with with tired and sore legs.
With a supposed 55 degree high we packed our long john’s and mittens and drove out to Yosemite yesterday. However, at the time of our arrival at 9:30 AM, the temperature was 65. We had been duped into picking the perfect sunny day to enjoy the summer opener.
The crowds were thick, but we avoided the climbing trails and walked the Valley loop, avoiding the throngs of folks, refreshing my perspective and introducing Kira and Anna to the childhood friends of waterfalls and cliffs and trees and meadows and awe.