Saturday, November 26, 2016

Yosemite Adventures

We started at a favorite climbing rock, then headed to a popular trail that, even this time of the year, saw a steady stream of people. We veered off the trail, however, choosing instead to search for an old (unmarked and unmaintained) trail I'd found a few times before, many years ago.  It leads to a spectacular overlook from which you can see views unparalleled by any of the existing trails. The girls seemed to love scrambling more than they love hiking and we had a great time making our way straight up the side of the mountain, no trail in sight. Eventually they both decided that they'd had enough, though. This wasn't just unmaintained and unmarked, it was also a trail that reflected many decades of rock slides and erosion and in parts we were climbing straight up. It didn't take me too long to realize that the overlook wasn't my true destination if it meant leaving my girls on the side of a mountain with a snow storm approaching. We all made it down safely and continued to Mirror Lake and then the Ahwahnee, arriving just after the long-predicted rain began. It wasn't to last long though....

Near Happy Isles
Rock fun!


A spectacular view of Yosemite Falls at a distance from high up.

Half Dome above
Smiling during part of the "trail"

Mirror lake
The rain begins, at the Merced

At the Ahwahnee

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