An August Saturday in Yosemite

Half Dome from Yosemite Valley

Half Dome from Yosemite Valley

Spent half the weekend, that was yesterday, driving over to Yosemite then doing some hiking with Nicole and Dylan, then we drove back home last night. 9 hours driving and about 5 hours hiking. Nicole’s 35th birthday was Friday and after work we went to Roseville for some sushi but not after starting the day scoring some free coffee at the brand new Dutch Bros. that opened Friday morning in Auburn. We only discovered Dutch Bros. by accident during our drive to the Eugene Marathon. To celebrate their opening, they served free coffee all day and Nicole had 3 cups while I settled for 2. After all that coffee we decided Friday night to spend the next day in Yosemite. My typical Saturday morning would be spent on a long run so breaking from the routine can be a difficult decision for me. I’m usually predictably boring. Plus I need to get into marathon shape. But the decision was pretty easy: it would be a fun time spending the day together and taking some pictures.

It took us nearly 5 hours to drive to Yosemite Valley since I took the Highway 49 route, passing Mark Twain’s cabin and home of the Jumping Frog in Calaveras County. We didn’t even start hiking until 1 PM after sitting next to the one of the streams and eating a veggie sandwich from the Curry Village snack hut. Had a good time hiking to Vernal and Nevada Falls. Too many people on the steps of the Mist Trail to Vernal Falls.

Vernal Falls

Vernal Falls

Since we are already in the middle of August, the water was flowing only to a trickle. Nicole was battling a migraine so we took some time to rest near Emerald Pool.

Vernal Falls

Vernal Falls

From Vernal it was a short climb to Nevada Falls and then we followed the switch backs down to Yosemite Valley.

John Muir Trail

John Muir Trail

So many great sites in the park that you want to take pictures about every 2 minutes. But how many pictures of big rocks do you need? No matter how many you take, it’s impossible to capture the scene unless you are there, standing in the middle of it all. You can’t see in the picture of El Capitan, but we could spot a couple climbers about 1/3 of the way up the 3,000′ face. Yes, that’s 3,000′ of rock in the picture!

El Capitan

El Capitan

We’ll have to go back again. One thing we haven’t done is visited the park in the winter. Maybe later this year or early next year we’ll be back.

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